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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert M. Smigel
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Smigel is an American actor, humorist, comedian, writer and director known for his Saturday Night Live "TV Funhouse" cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Smigel's most famous creation, however, would be the foul-mouthed puppet Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, who mercilessly mocks celebrities and others in the style of a Borscht Belt comedian. This character debuted on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in February 1997.

He also co-wrote the Hotel Transylvania films and You Don't Mess with the Zohan, both starring Adam Sandler.

His film debut as a director was The Week Of (2018).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (1)

Michelle Saks Smigel (1993 - present) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Voices dog with a Hungarian accent; ie. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Trivia (10)

In 2000, Smigel was sued by Pets.com because they claimed his Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) character, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, made comments about Pets.com's TV sock puppet dog.
Father of Daniel Smigel and twin boys.
On Saturday Night Live (1975), he wrote sketches such as The Superfans, The McLaughlin Group, The Sinatra Group, and The William Shatner Star Trek Convention.
Was in a Chicago improv troupe called "All You Can Eat" for several years.
His father is a dentist, who introduced tooth bonding to the public.
Born on the same day as James Spader.
Longest-running writer on Saturday Night Live (1975); he wrote for the show from 1985 to 2013.
He's a friend and frequent collaborator of Adam Sandler, having worked with the comedian six times starting with Saturday Night Live (1975), Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998), Little Nicky (2000) and Punch-Drunk Love (2002). Smigel had written with Sandler or appeared with him on Saturday Night Live (1975) while playing small roles in Sandler's films.
Infamous for making TV Funhouse segments on Saturday Night Live (1975) like "The Ambigously Gay Duo," "The New Adventures Of Mr. T," "Michael Jackson," and the now banned "Conspiracy Theory Rock" (What if real life companies buy out other companies).
Dropped out of Cornell University in 1981 to pursue writing and performing.Graduated from NYU in 1983.

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