Remember when news broke that Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, voiced and co-created by Robert Smigel with Conan O’Brien, was caught trying to ask Ted Cruz questions on Tuesday? Cruz didn’t even bother to acknowledge Triumph or Smigel’s shared existence, a slight that will cost the Republican presidential candidate when Triumph’s Election Special 2016 airs exclusively on Hulu in early February.
According to Variety, Smigel, O’Brien, and Funny or Die are producing the hour-long special in the comedy website’s first partnership with the Hulu streaming service. Triumph, his trusted permanent proctologist Smigel, and a camera crew have been on the campaign trail in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire — all sites for three of the 2016 election’s major primaries. A press release from Hulu indicates that, in addition to the recent Democratic Debate in Charleston, Triumph’s posse has also attended events in New Hampshire with Cruz’s press entourage, and will cover items in Iowa, as well.
Don’t believe us or Variety? Then skim through the most recent tweets of the Insult Comic Dog’s fellow journalists.
Meanwhile, in a statement provided with Hulu’s press release, Triumph reportedly said: “A quote? I don’t have time for this sh*t.” Considering what happens behind the scenes at a typical rally for Republican front-runner Donald Trump, no wonder Triumph’s name is only two letters off from the New York real estate mogul’s branded surname.