The Man Behind Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog

Robert Smigel and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog i i

hide captionRobert Smigel's crass creation, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

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Robert Smigel and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Robert Smigel's crass creation, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Scott Gries/Getty Images

It's Animal Week on Fresh Air; during these last days of summer, we're featuring rebroadcasts of our best conversations about animals and how we live with them.

Former Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel uses animal puppets to say and do things that would make any decent person shudder. His most infamous creation is Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog, who made a name for himself "pooping" on guests of Late Night With Conan O'Brian.

This interview was originally broadcast on Dec. 19, 2000.

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