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Robert Smigel

Robert Smigel

Robert Smigel, the man behind the wildly popular Saturday Night Live filmed shorts (The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Fun With Real Audio, X-Presidents), lends his voice for Beefy the bulldog.

Smigel grew up in Manhattan and struggled as a pre-dental student at Cornell and NYU. After moving to Chicago to study with The Players Workshop of the Second City, Smigel performed sketch comedy on stage and was hired by Al Franken and Tom Davis as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 1985. He wrote for the show from 1985-1993, creating such memorable sketches as Da Super Fans, Schmitts Gay Beer and William Shatner's Trekkies convention. He went on to become the original head writer and producer of Late Night with Conan O'Brien where he still plays Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog and the mouth of President Clinton, Don King, Jesse Ventura and many others.

In 1996, Smigel was the executive producer of Dana Carvey's controversial ABC prime time sketch show, where he created The Ambiguously Gay Duo, leading to his return to Saturday Night Live as writer/ producer of TV Funhouse cartoons. Working with animator J.J. Sedelmaier, Smigel's cartoons have been honored at numerous festivals, including first prize at the annual World Animation Festival in 1997. Smigel won an Emmy for his writing at SNL in 1989 and in 1998 received, along with Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam, the Dallas Video Festival's Ernie Kovacs Award for innovative contributions to television.

Most recently, Smigel has been named creator and executive producer of COMEDY CENTRAL's TV Funhouse, an innovative series that combines animation with puppets and real animals, in addition, he has written a book for Random House titled X-Presidents.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Robert Smigel Facts

BirthdayFebruary 7, 1960 (64)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
This is 40
Happy Gilmore / Billy Madison Double Feature
Liar Liar / Bruce Almighty / Happy Gilmore / Billy Madison Four Feature Films
Wayne's World 2
Happy Gilmore
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
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