Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Star in One-Hour Hulu Election Special

For Us to Poop on

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a puppet character created and voiced by Robert Smigel, has been spotted on the presidential campaign trail lately, prompting headlines like "Ted Cruz Gets Pooped on by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in New Hampshire" and tweets like this:

Though Triumph, who first appeared on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" in 1997, did a little freelance, uh, reporting from New Hampshire for MSNBC's "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell" Tuesday night, it wasn't clear what his larger campaign-trail intentions were. But now we know, because Hulu and Funny or Die have announced that Hulu will be the exclusive streaming home for "Triumph's Election Special 2016," set to premiere on a date TBD "early February."

The one-hour special, which represents Hulu's first partnership with Funny or Die, will include scenes shot on the campaign trail in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire. "In addition to crashing campaign events and mocking the press for their thirst for controversy," according to Hulu, "Triumph will take on hard-hitting issues of concern to voters on each side of the spectrum."

During his stint on the campaign trail for Conan O'Brien in 2012, the cigar-chomping puppet barked lines like "Give me a break, Romney changes position more than Lassie did on her prom nght."

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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