Saturday, February 12, 2005

Triumph Strikes Again

From tomorrow's New York Times Magazine: finally, an interview by Deborah Solomon worth reading! (We've noted Solomon's poor -- even for the Times -- interviews here, here, and here.) This time, she's talking to a puppet...and, surprisingly, rising to the occasion! Well, sort of. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (and owner Robert Smigel) has a talent for using Solomon's brand of denseness as a breeding ground for humor. Here he discusses his nomination for Best Comedy Album at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

The Grammy judges are notorious for bad choices, so you might actually win.

In that case it will be the first Grammy to ever go to an album with a song dedicated to roundworm.

I see your album is up against one by Al Franken, as well as another by Jon Stewart.

Forces to be reckoned with, yes? They sure took down the president. And Franken's liberal radio is really taking off. I own a conch shell with more listeners.
It's vintage Triumph, but apparently Solomon didn't get the memo. And she seems to be bitter that she's being upstaged by a plastic dog puppet.
I realize your full name is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, but your obsessive disparaging of celebrities is unbelievably boring. Do you ever think about anything else?

You're trying to turn this interview into something serious. I'm just a two-dimensional character.
Then Triumph gets back to doing what he does best.
This happens to be an excellent age for puppets, what with ''Avenue Q'' winning a Tony for Best Musical. Don't you agree that puppets are flourishing?

Sure, just look at the president -- wait, I've got Al Franken's jokes here by mistake.
Then, unlike any of the real live people she's interviewed, Triumph actually calls out Solomon, throwing a textbook "some people say..." question back in her face:
Some people say dogs are what Democrats profess to be, because they are so inclusive and welcoming of people regardless of social class. What do you think?

You're not going to get me, liberal media, but I do grasp the concept. Like a lot of Democrats, we dogs can remain loyal for reasons we can no longer understand.

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