There is nothing a cigar-smoking canine hand puppet can't do. Robert Smigel created Triumph the Insult Comic Dog back in 1997 as bit for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and he's used the persona to skewer such eminently skewer-able subjects as Westminster Dog Show attendees, Bon Jovi obsessives, and Star Wars fans. But his latest outing, the 90-minute Triumph's Election Special 2016, streaming exclusively on Hulu, is a magnum opus -- a Borat tailored for Smigel's pup prankster and a political spoof so crude that even warmongering oil barons will flee the scene. It is sublime.
Thanks to Triumph, we are done with simple "Ted Cruz is snide," "Martin O'Malley is a failure," "Chris Christie is fat," and "Donald Trump is Donald Trump" jokes. Triumph delivers far more effective one-liners here. Access is key. And there's Triumph joining the press backstage at a Democratic debate, hitting every Midwestern rally supporting Ted Cruz, and booking time with Mike Huckabee for a one-on-one insult training session, all so he can poop on the process.