Robert Smigel Found The Triumph Puppet While Furniture Shopping | Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

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Published on December 7, 2023

Robert Smigel tells Triumph’s origin story and remembers the first Triumph sketch to “go viral.”

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20 comments

  • @Nethageraba41 3 months ago

    Did Conan just admit that Jordan did something productive? I don’t want to live in this reality any more, man.

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  • @NuttyMongrel 3 months ago

    I remember the Triumph Star Wars video being “viral” on the internet at the time. It wasn’t as easy to track down (I found it on Kazaa), but there was this sense that everyone on the internet had seen it.

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  • @YurikRoss 3 months ago

    Its funny because all these years Conan kept saying Jordan was not actually working and yet he went out of his way to make the first Triumph remote possible

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  • @Ray-dl5mp 3 months ago

    So Jordan is a hero after all.

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  • @eduardolpz386 3 months ago

    Various tasks saved the day.

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  • @fransschreuders8488 3 months ago

    Triumph is the voice of the thoughts we didn’t think but wish we did.

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  • @thematstop 3 months ago

    So we have Robert’s wife to thank for not only bringing Conan to late night (since Conan wouldn’t have done it without Robert) and for Triumph! Wild.

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  • @localcrew 3 months ago

    Smigel is a legend. Don’t forget that he was the mouth and voice of Bill Clinton on the show when they would have the portrait talk.

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  • @johnisouth6636 3 months ago

    A glimpse into one of Jordan’s many responsibilities and task revealed!😂

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  • @SharpCinema 3 months ago

    I think Conan is exaggerating here on the originality of that puppet character. The same cigar chewing insult comic puppet character was invented on TV in Canada as ‘Ed The Sock’ in 1987; long before this dog creation came about. Same voice, same type of jokes, same prop, same act. I was so confused when I saw that dog character pop up on Conan as I was used to seeing Ed on TV in Canada. I’m not totally convinced Smigel ripped off Ed the Sock (maybe it was a grand coincidence) but it’s certainly not original at all https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_the_Sock https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLhz56vNMS-JzFlyrHcfT6Q

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  • @mistrdevine 3 months ago

    Now we know why Jordan is always so vague regarding his work. He’s breaking the law! Conan must stay in the dark to maintain plausible deniability. Could this also explain his connection to Italy, perhaps as part of some crime family? I’m going to choose to believe this from now on.

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  • @PopMyCulture 3 months ago

    This episode slapped so hard! Triumph was my favorite when I watched Conan on late night! Smigel is a genius…

    For me to poop on! 🐶

    I’ll see myself out now 😂🤣

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  • @eric201 3 months ago

    The Star Wars remote is unbelievably funny, but one of my favorite remotes is when Triumph went to the Michael Jackson trial. There’s only a couple people there that are in on the joke. So many of the people are weird and strange with no self awareness that they are weird and strange and they are 100% serious and that made it so uncomfortably funny. I remember there’s a woman in that one dressed like dressed like a clown without makeup and has a Michael Jackson marionette, but she’s refusing to talk to Triumph on camera and he says oh I understand, wouldn’t want to compromise your dignity!

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  • @meatrocket1 3 months ago

    The Wiener Circle remote is the funniest!!! 😂

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  • @adrianelice9871 3 months ago

    Conan dyed his hair blonde?!

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  • @haibu128 3 months ago

    Now it’s more clear to me why Jordan would be so cagey about his various tasks.. because they were illegal.

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  • @Mark198d 3 months ago

    RIP to Blackwolf the Dragon Master.

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  • @raylang4608 3 months ago

    Gold!!

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  • @ryankennard6626 3 months ago

    The Triumph Star Wars remote is possibly one of the funniest moments in television history. During my time in the military, I invited friends in our dorms over to watch it on my computer. Then, they invited other people, and we’d watch it again. Eventually, we had half-a-dozen or more people at a time watching this sketch on a small computer monitor.

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  • @olsha004 3 months ago

    I had the best of Triumph dvd. It was a great dvd…. FOR ME TO POOP ON!

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