Comedian Robert Smigel and his puppet, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, wanted to share in the spirit of American Democracy by poking a little fun at Presidential Election politics. But their noble effort clashed with those who wanted to make sure the railroad (or in this case, a multi-candidate event called the First In The Nation Forum Presidential Town Hall, sponsored by the New Hampshire Republican Party, for voters in the February 9, 2016 New Hampshire Primary) ran on time. (From Wikipedia) Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog is a character puppet puppeteered and voiced by Robert Smigel, best known for mocking celebrities. Triumph was identified in the early appearances as a Yugoslavian Mountain Hound, hence his distinct Eastern European accent (although Triumph himself insists it is a regular “dog accent”). As his name indicates, Triumph’s comedic style is almost exclusively insult comedy. Triumph often puffs a cigar, which usually falls out of his mouth when he starts talking. He debuted in 1997 on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien and also appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien from time to time, as well as the short-lived TV Funhouse, TBS’s Conan, and Adult Swim’s The Jack and Triumph Show.
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