The Tonight Show’s Triumph The Insult Comic Dog was everywhere at Bonnaroo ’09 — backstage, onstage, Tent City, the Discotheque Arcade, Scratch DJ Academy. We saw the puppet hound duet with animal rights activist Neko Case (“Do any of those dogs that you rescue get to watch you shower?”) on Sunday and Bruce Springsteen the night before. But the most hilarious stuff happened behind the scenes, with Robert Smigel laying his Borscht Belt shtick on TV On The Radio, Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and other festival acts. The zings bite even though we’ve heard many before, but I’ll only spoil one… Triumph to TVOTR: “Please describe your music, and keep in mind that ’crap’ is already taken by the Decemberists.” After the jump, the ’Roo segments that aired on Conan last night and a bunch of footage that didn’t.

The Tonight Show Segment Pt. 1

The Tonight Show Segment Pt. 2

Triumph With House Band Valley Lodge At The Comedy Tent

“Warren Haynes’ arteries have better circulation than Spin magazine.” If you liked that, here’s Part 2. And here are Phish jokes.

Triumph With Jenny Lewis On “Carpetbaggers”

Triumph Interviews The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Triumph With Neko Case On “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

Comments (26)
  1. Just pooped on them.

  2. Puppets raping other puppets is not funny

  3. wingedgopher  |   Posted on Jun 20th, 2009 0


  4. caroline  |   Posted on Jun 20th, 2009 0

    that imitation of the beastie boys was DEAD ON. . .

  5. Ahhhh. I finally found out what’s wrong with Triumph… there’s a man’s hand up his butt! :O

    The bit with Max was just too funny.

  6. Stereogum sold their souls….

  7. bizz  |   Posted on Jun 20th, 2009 0

    ?Isn?t this great? The XBOX arcade. So that you can pay $300 to an outdoor concert in order to experience exactly what you do all day long in your living room.? the best.

  8. Bark or Nashville   |   Posted on Jun 20th, 2009 0

    Tweeter etc. rules…it really does…

  9. Congrats Jenny and Neko, you’re playing with a dog puppet! You guys finally made it!

  10. derek  |   Posted on Jun 20th, 2009 0

    500 Days of (Bullshit)

  11. That dog has five legs.

  12. when Neko was introducing Triumph, i yelled OH GOD I NEED TO LIE DOWN because i thought the special guest was Jim James. it was the hint about sandwiches that really sealed the deal for me.

    i was wrong.

  13. Triumph is a dog god among men.

  14. grelfborg  |   Posted on Jun 21st, 2009 0

    i wish dat black guy throwing out dat money in the commercial would gimme dat!!!

  15. coopr  |   Posted on Jun 21st, 2009 0

    what does Zooey Deschanel look like?

  16. On the Beach  |   Posted on Jun 21st, 2009 0

    Strange battles going on…they make Conan wear blue every night and he has that interesting wavy background…it’s all so minty fresh…maybe Dave should just flip the script and go with the Sanford & Son cabbage soup tones…it takes GENIUS to have a successful third act…that’s why we miss Jim Henson so much…

  17. joe  |   Posted on Jun 21st, 2009 0

    the line “keep in mind that ‘crap’ is already taken by the Decemberists” is more dead on than the DC sniper

  18. Paul  |   Posted on Jun 22nd, 2009 0

    This was seriously the best Triumph skit since the Star Wars one.

  19. 2lostbikes  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2009 0

    The Conan skit was funny, but Triumph’s comedy routine on stage at Bonnaroo looks pretty terrible.

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