Robert Smigel Robert Smigel is a writer and creator of animated comic episodes for Saturday Night Live, including X-Presidents and The Ambiguously Gay Duo. His newest effort is the new Comedy Central series TV Funhouse, described as a broken kid's show for adults. The Funhouse combines real animals, puppet animals, short films and animation (Wednesday nights at 10:30). Smigel has also written a new comic book based on the X-Presidents filmed shorts (called X-Presidents/Villard Books). Smigel wrote for SNL from 1985-1993, and he was the original headwriter and producer of Late Night With Conan O'Brien.