Triumph The Insult Comic Dog
Easily the funniest sock puppet of all time, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is the product of Robert Smigel, the same demented weirdo behind SNL's "TV Funhouse" bits. A cigar-chomping, poodle-humping misanthropic cross between Shari Lewis' Lambchop, Don Rickles and a Russian mobster, Triumph first appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the early '00s. He became an instant favorite on the strength of his repeated use of the phrase, "â¦for me to poop on!" (As in, "Conan, the show is great and you are a great comedian â¦ FOR ME TO POOP ON!") Why Triumph speaks with a Russian accent -- and why it's funny hearing a sock puppet say the word "poop" -- are questions left open to speculation. What needs no explanation, however, is the hilarity that ensues any time Smigel is unleashed on the public with the dog and a microphone. Smigel uses Triumph as a screen to gleefully cross the line at every opportunity, mercilessly attacking nerds waiting in line for Star Wars and lulling such celebrities as Jon Bon Jovi and Heather Locklear into a sense of inclusive fun before referring to them as either has-beens or whores. The results have made for some of the best TV since The Simpsons first appeared. Triumph's album of songs, crank calls, and stand-up sketches, Come Poop With Me, came out in late 2003. People unable to bear extreme vulgarity are advised to steer clear of it. Everyone else needs to hear "Benji's Queer," "Underage Bichon" and "I Keed" at least a thousand times.