Robert Smigel is an American actor, humorist, comedian, and writer.
In 1997, Robert Smigel put a dog puppet on his hand, started making poop jokes in a thick Russian accent and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was born. 23 years later, he’s still going strong. In this rare longform conversation, Smigel talks about how he pulls off his epic confrontations of politicians like Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham. He also opens up about his time writing for Conan O’Brien, ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ and SNL, where he created ‘TV Funhouse’ and ‘The Ambiguously Gay Duo’—an animated sketch he readily admits would not work in 2020. Robert explains why his eventual exit from SNL was “not pretty” and weighs in on Alec Baldwin’s “easy” satirical take on Donald Trump.Watch Triumph’s ‘Quarantine Squares’ game show on YouTube. Twitter: @TriumphICDHQ and @mattwilstein | Instagram: @triumphicdhq and @lastlaughpodHighlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.Go to to leave us a rating and review.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Sarah chats with comedian Robert Smigel about his favorite SNL sketches, the lasting legacy of the Superfans, and how one of his decisions sunk The Dana Carvey Show.
It’s a day after the taping of the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin and I’m still coming down from all the excitement.  One of the roasters, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and his owner, prolific comedy writer Robert Smigel, came by the bunker to reminisce about the roast and all things showbiz with me and my cousin Ed.  Lots of laughs!  Life is hard. Let’s get through it together.     Make sure to subscribe, rate and review. Follow us on instagram @thickskinwithjeffross @therealjeffreyross @eddietunes    And please go to to support NEXT for AUTISM   Also Don't miss Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attell, go to for cities and dates   
Comedy legend Robert Smigel joins Conan writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell to talk about connecting with Conan through their shared cartoony sensibility at Saturday Night Live, the behind the scenes drama of launching Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the inception of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and much more. This episode is brought to you by Roman ( Check out Conan Without Borders: Australia: Check out Conan25: The Remotes: Got a question for Inside Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 209-5303 and e-mail us at For Conan videos, tour dates and more visit
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Feb 7th, 1960
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6 hours, 16 minutes
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