Robert Smigel (born February 7, 1960) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, humorist, writer, director, producer, and puppeteer, known for his Saturday Night Live "TV Funhouse" cartoon shorts and as the puppeteer and voice behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. He also co-wrote the Hotel Transylvania films and You Don't Mess with the Zohan, both starring Adam Sandler.
Smigel has a wife, Michelle, and three children. Michelle and Robert serve on the board of New York Collaborates for Autism as their eldest child has autism. They are active members of (NYCA), a non-profit organization founded in 2003 to address the needs of individuals and families who are living with autism. Smigel created the Night of too Many Stars, a biannual celebrity fundraiser to benefit autism education. He won an Emmy on the 2012 broadcast of Night of Too Many Stars for his writing.
Smigel was born in New York City, to Lucia and Irwin Smigel, an aesthetic dentist, innovator and philanthropist. He is Jewish and frequently went to Jewish summer camp. He attended Cornell University, studying pre-dental, and graduated from New York University in 1983 with a degree in political science.Smigel began developing his comedic talent at The Players Workshop in Chicago, where he studied improvisation with Josephine Forsberg. Bob Odenkirk was a fellow student there. Smigel was also a member of the Chicago comedy troupe "All You Can Eat" in the early 1980s.
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The Story of Late Night
The docuseries takes viewers on a journey through late-night television's most memorable moments. Late-night television has a long history of engaging with, adapting to and influencing our rapidly cha...
The King of Staten Island
Since his firefighter father died when Scott was seven, Scott has been a case of arrested development. He reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that s...
Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show
It had all the makings of a huge television success: a white-hot comic at the helm, a coveted primetime slot, and a pantheon of future comedy legends in the cast and crew. So why did The Dana Carvey ...
Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs
The Theater at Madison Square Garden is in New York. Stand-up performances, sketches and short films are included in the benefit.
Triumph's Summer Election Special 2016
In his newest election special, Triumph reports from both political conventions, covering the candidates, photobombing news anchors, harassing and pranking delegates, and making sure Roger Ailes and D...
'85: The Greatest Team in Pro Football History
The inside story of the 1985 Chicago Bears' historic season can be heard through never-before-seen footage and fascinating interviews with key members of the team.
The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure.
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Misery Loves Comedy
Over fifty very famous American and Canadian funny people (filmmakers, writers, actors and comedians) share life and professional journeys and insights in an effort to shed light on the thesis: Do you...
The Jack and Triumph Show
Jack McBrayer will play a version of himself who was the child star of a Lassie-like series and Triumph, the dog who went into the world of decadence and took Jack with him. Jack put his life together...
Video game experts are recruited by the military to fight video game characters.
Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania is in for a collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool when an old-fashioned vampire arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get- together.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
After the disastrous food storm in the first film,Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in ...
This Is 40
Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall a...
Hotel Transylvania is a five-stake resort where monsters and their families can live, but no humans are allowed. Mavis is celebrating her birthday. A guy stumbles into a hotel.
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Jack and Jill
Jack Sadelstein, a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister Jill. Jill's neediness and pass...
Bob's Burgers follows a third-generation restauranteur, Bob, as he runs Bob's Burgers with the help of his wife and their three children. Bob and his family have big ideas about burgers, but they fall...
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The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise. ...
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The Gong Show with Dave Attell
The Gong Show with Dave Attell is a revival of the 1970s Chuck Barris comedy game show called The Gong Show, hosted by comedian Dave Attell. The show premiered on July 17, 2008. It was produced by Ada...
Lewis Black's Root of All Evil
Comedy Central aired Lewis Black's show on March 12, 2008, and it was hosted by Lewis Black. Scott Carter was the producer of the series and David Sacks was the writer. There were pre- recorded video ...
You Don't Mess with the Zohan
An Israeli soldier wants to become a hairdresser. Zohan will do anything to make his dreams come true, including faking his own death and going head-to-head with an Arab cab driver.
The game show was being developed for broadcast. The Match Game was supposed to be different. The pilot, which was filmed with host Andrew Daly, was never aired.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
In order to get domestic partner benefits for his kids, Chuck's friend agreed to pose as a gay lover for Larry. The boys have to show a picture of domestic bliss when a bureaucrat calls.
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Last Comic Standing
There is a nationwide talent search for comedians. The show covers the contestants as they live together and compete for an exclusive contract with NBC, and to be called the Last Comic Standing, once ...
A socially awkward and volatile small business owner met the love of his life after being threatened by a group of scam artists.
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
Miss Bitterman wants to build a nightclub over the Muppet Theatre. After she tricked her father into giving her the only copy of the contract, she changed it to make it seem like the Muppets had more ...
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Aqua Teen Hunger Force
There are three fast food items that have strange adventures.
The two most powerful sons fled to Earth after the lord of darkness decided he wouldn't cede his throne to any of them. The action closes the portal that leads sinners to Hell. His sons have to leave ...
"Saturday TV Funhouse" is the title of a recurring skit on NBC's Saturday Night Live featuring cartoons created by longtime SNL writer Robert Smigel as well as a short-lived spinoff series TV Funhouse...
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Hete-Roy, in his conservative suit and tie, is a one man conversion-therapy campaign as he zaps gay people with his Bible, switching them from gay to straight
LateLine is an American TV sitcom that ran on NBC from March 17, 1998, through March 16, 1999. Due to an abrupt cancellation, there were seven unaired episodes. Created by John Markus and Al Franken,...
The Wedding Singer
A local rock star is dumped on the day of his wedding. Julia and Glenn are getting married. Things get more complicated when Julia andRobbie meet.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman was in the Saturday Night Live skits.
Charles owns the photo-shop. After spending his evenings alone, he decides to get a social life. He met elderly Florence, who was depressed by her husband's gambling and was looking for Willie, the so...
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The Ambiguously Gay Duo #3
Santa has been kidnapped by aliens, and the Duo must save him.
The Ambiguously Gay Duo #2
Bighead's and Queen Serena's evil scheme was stopped by Gary and Ace.
The Ambiguously Gay Duo #1
Bighead had a plan to take over Metroville.
Happy Gilmore is a failed hockey player who wants to win a golf tournament so he can save his granny's house. Happy's image is being changed.
The Dana Carvey Show
Controversial subjects can be found in comics.
The Ambiguously Gay Duo
The Ambiguously Gay Duo is an American animated comedy sketch that debuted on The Dana Carvey Show before moving to its permanent home on Saturday Night Live. It is created and produced by Robert Smig...
Bryan Madison makes his living in the hotel industry. Billy wants to inherit his father's empire but only if he can make it through all 12 grades, 2 weeks per grade, to prove that he has what it takes...
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
Wayne's World 2
Jim Morrison sent a message to the stars of cable access TV. Wayne is worried that a record producer is putting the moves on his girlfriend, and that the advances of mega-babe Honey Hornee are being h...
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The former star of a cancelled cop TV show solves crimes. The pilot was broadcast on NBC in July 1991 but was not picked up as a series despite being a "personal favorite" of NBC chairman Brandon Tart...
Lookwell was a television pilot written and produced by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel, the latter of which becoming a primary creative voice for O'Brien's late night show. It starred Adam West. The ...
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Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
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Saturday TV Funhouse
A spin-off of the "TV Funhouse" segments on Saturday Night Live, "Saturday TV Funhouse is a dark parody of Bozo the Clown, with Robert Smigel playing Prozo, a half-drunk clown, accompanied by an annou...
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