Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
is a character puppet
best known for mocking celebrities. Triumph was identified in the early appearances as a Yugoslavian Mountain Hound
, hence his distinct Eastern European
(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. Triumph is performed by comedian Robert Smigel
. 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.
Triumph's best-known catch phrase is "... for me to poop on!", usually spoken to negate a compliment that precedes it, which normally appears at the end of a long diatribe or roast. An example would be, "But seriously, you've been a great audience ... for me to poop on!"
Another of Triumph's catch phrases is "I keed, I keed!", usually said at the end of a diatribe to imply that the puppet was only "kidding" when he made the insults. This is usually followed immediately by yet another string of insults. "I Keed" is also the title of a rap song written by Smigel in which the puppet lambastes celebrities, in a style similar to that of Eminem. The song appears on Triumph's solo album, Come Poop with Me.
At times Triumph will depart from his usual shtick and heap (possibly sarcastic) praise on a particular celebrity; the highest honor Triumph bestows on those he thinks deserving is asking to sniff that person or character's butt. The very short list of people Triumph has deemed worthy of this honor includes Jennifer Lopez and Don Rickles.