Robert Smigel (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor, humorist, comedian and writer known for his Saturday Night Live 'TV Funhouse' cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. Smigel was born to a Jewish family in New York City. His father is Dr. Irwin Smigel, DDS, 'The Father of Cosmetic Dentistry', and the founder and president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. He attended and graduated from NYU. Smigel began developing his comedic talent at The Players Workshop in Chicago, where he studied improvisation with Josephine Forsberg. Fellow students included Bob Odenkirk. Smigel was also a member of the Chicago comedy troupe 'All You Can Eat' in the early 1980s.
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