The celebrity mocking puppet dog Triumph is at it again. In a recently released Funny or Die video, the insult-flinging pooch paid a visit to the set of Judd Apatow's latest film, the mid-life crisis comedy "This is 40," and took shots at stars Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, and John Lithgow. Triumph even took time to roast director Apatow about his movies past and present, including his much-maligned previous film "Funny People."
But how did Triumph secure such unprecedented access to the film's set? Fun fact: actor/writer Robert Smigel, who co-stars in "This is 40" as a good friend of Rudd's character Pete, also happens to voice the Triumph character. (That's Smigel in the thumbnail for the "This is 40" trailer embedded below.)
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For those not already familiar with the cigar-chomping character's antics, Smigel debuted Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, way back in 1997 on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Smigel, a good friend of O'Brien's, had previously been a writer and cast member on "Saturday Night Live." Prior to Triumph, Smigel was best known for his off-the-wall animated "TV Funhouse" segments that appeared on SNL.
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On O'Brien's late night show and later on the "Tonight Show," Smigel's canine character made many appearances, including memorable insult-filled visits to the world famous Westminster Dog Show, the opening night lineup for "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," and the infamous Michael Jackson trial. Triumph continues to appear on occasion on Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show.