This DVD is a companion piece to Conan’s tenth anniversary show DVD, which I prefer due to the broader range of material, but this DVD is definitely the most poop intensive DVD on the market anywhere. The box modestly claims a 61 minute running time, but when all the extras are included it’s actually about 2 1/2 hours long.
The highlights of the DVD for me are Triumph’s escorted tour of Hollywood (John Tesh tags along), his verbal attacks on celebrities (especially Simon Cowell, Jerry Springer, and William Shatner), his taunting of the ubernerds waiting in line for a Star Wars premiere, the scuffle with self-important Eminem at the VMA’s, doing the weather at a local NBC affiliate in Honolulu, and best of all, singing with Bon Jovi in concert in front of a live audience in New Jersey with some appropriately modified lyrics.
This DVD is probably for existing fans only, as it is extremely obnoxious, generally in the form of poop references. The DVD includes many extras including outtakes and Triumph’s music video, “I Keed,” as well as his outlandish appearances on the Hollywood Squares, where he discusses Al Roker’s flatus at length. Yes, it is pretty sophomoric, but it is generally very funny, and some bits rank up there with the best improv comedy ever caught on tape.
Triumph is the best insult comic dog currently working in show business, which makes this a great and unique DVD…for me to poop on.
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If you have seen Late Night With Conan O’Brien, you are familiar with the wise-cracking puppet dog that brings the laughs, hard.
Now, you can and you must get this DVD! It far exceeds even the title of the disc, with some of the great reports that Triumph filed for Conan’s show. Yes, it’s all here: The Star Wars geeks, Bon Jovi, Hollywood Squares, the trip to Toronto and of course his visits to the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.
That would be more than enough to make this worth the effort. In addition, there’s a bunch of extras, including some of Triumph’s studio appearances on the show, where he rakes such luminaries as “Teshie” John Tesh, Fabio, William Shatner, Simon Cowell and a bunch more over the coals as they sit right there!
And the bonus video “I Keed” from Triumph’s first album “Come Poop With Me” is here too! With all of the funny, you’ll laugh until you’re pooped!
Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog is one of the most unlikely successes of the past ten years. Veteran SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE writer Robert Smigel has managed to create the funniest and most irreverent insult comedy act since Don Rickles, though with two major differences: unlike Rickles he is truly funny, and unlike Rickles, whose insults rarely are personal, Smigel/Triumph hits uncomfortably close to home (i.e., his insults really are insults, while Rickle’s are usually invalid name calling). Appearing primarily on the Conan O’Brien show, Smigel has managed to parlay what would have with a less funny individual into a one-note gimmick act into a significant second career. Triumph is a cigar chomping miniature Rottweiller with what appears to be an East European accent, who covers, as he loves to put it, various events “for me to poop on.” I personally am not drawn to the sexual and scatological humor in Smigel’s act, and I haven’t found Triumph’s dry humping a host of interviewees to be all that funny. But his one-liners are absolutely hysterical, and the way he can perfectly bury someone with a deadly accurate crack is a thing of wonder. How can you take someone seriously dressed up as Darth Vader (“the nerd before whom all other nerds tremble”) when Triumph asks which button on his chest pack contacts the wearer’s parents to come pick him up?
This DVD does an excellent job of sampling some of Triumph’s best interviews. We get not one but two visits he takes to the Westminster Dog show, where he spends most of his time boasting of his many sexual conquests, getting thrown out the first time and coming the second pretending to be either Ed Bradley of 60 MINUTES or Barbara Walters. There is a short account of his experience on the HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, and a long piece covering the lead up to a Bon Jovi concert. My favorite part of the entire DVD is, however, his encounter with many STAR WARS fans lined up for the first showing of THE ATTACK OF THE CLONES. The disc also includes the extremely disturbing moment where Eminem’s entourage unhumorously shoves Triumph to the side
Triumph is definitely not for everyone. Not everyone is going to take to his humor, and some people find his shtick to be a little too far on the negative side. If you don’t already know Triumph, the disc should be approached with caution. But if you already know and enjoy his humor, I can highly recommend the disc. Triumph has managed to build a surprising following over the years, and last year even managed to get interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” the height of respectability.
I do slightly regret the timing of the release of this disc. Only a couple of months after the appearance of THE BEST OF TRIUMPH, probably the funniest single thing he has ever done appeared on Conan when Triumph covered one of the presidential debates in the piece known as “Poop Valhalla.” The video can be seen on various sites on the Internet, and anyone Googling “poop,” “Valhalla,” and “Triumph” will definitely have their efforts regarded with one of the most hysterically funny bits one can ever hope to see.