This year, insult comedy became political rhetoric. Robert Smigel, creator of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, saw an opportunity. Or, as Smigel put it to me in his Triumph voice: "I saw a funny butt hole and I wanted to fill it."
In February, Hulu released Triumph's Election Special, a scathing look at the modern political circus that brought everyone's favorite cigar-chomping Yugoslavian mountain hound nose-to-nose with pundits, string-pullers, and the candidates themselves. The docu-comedy inched close to Borat-level greatness, and it was no surprise when Smigel returned this summer, hand in dog's ass, with a follow-up. Triumph's Summer Election Special is like a poop joke-filled Heart of Darkness, journeying into the jungles of the Republican and Democratic conventions. Triumph doesn't lob insults directly at Trump or Clinton, but as Smigel learned over weeks of filming, their constituencies were worthier targets.