Robert Smigel Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Chetan Mittal
Feb 08, 2024 By Chetan Mittal
Originally Published on Feb 10, 2023
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About Robert Smigel

Robert Smigel is an American writer, actor, director, producer, comedian, and puppeteer mainly known for 'Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse' cartoon shorts and the voice behind the Insult Comic Dog 'Triumph'.

He was the writer for 'You Don't Mess with the Zohan' and the first two 'Hotel Transylvania Films'.

Smigel was born in New York City to Lucia and Irwin Smigel. Irwin Smigel is an innovator, aesthetic dentist, and philanthropist. Robert Smigel is Jewish. He also frequently went to Jewish summer camp. Smigel first started as a part of the 'Saturday Night Live' writing team. After Tom Davis and Al Franken noticed Smigel at a Chicago Sketch show, Smigel was hired. Smigel was also the co-writer for 'Conan O'Brien and 'Lookwell' for NBC.

Robert Smigel Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Robert Smigel’s net worth?

Robert Smigel's net worth is $3 million.

How much does Robert Smigel earn per year?

There is no information available on Robert Smigel's earnings.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Robert Smigel?

Robert Smigel is 5 ft 11 in (183 cm) tall.

How old is Robert Smigel?

Robert Smigel was born on February 7, 1960, in New York, United States of America. As of 2022, he is 62 years old.

Childhood And Education

Robert Smigel was born in New York, USA, on February 7, 1960. He was born to Irwin Smigel and Lucia Smigel. Robert Smigel studied pre-dental at Cornell University. He graduated from New York University in 1983 with a degree in political science.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Robert Smigel’s partner?

Robert Smigel married Michelle Saks Smigel in 1993. He has three children with Michelle Saks. One of the kids is named Daniel Smigel.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Robert Smigel was the first head writer alongside Conan O'Brien on 'Late Night'. He created numerous comedy bits there. Robert Smigel was also the writer and performer at the 'Dana Carvey Show', a prime-time comedy show on ABC. Smigel played the character of a gay mailman in 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'. He also played the character of the mechanic 'Yarry' on 'Mister Softee'. Robert Smigel made his directing debut by working alongside Adam Sandler on 'The Week Of'.

He even co-wrote 'The Week of' with Adam Sandler. 'The Week Of' stars Chris Rock and Adam Sandler as parents whose kids are going to get married. He worked with Adam Sandler six times. Robert Smigel's films include 'You Don't Mess With the Zohan', 'It's a Very Merry Puppet Christmas Love', 'Tomorrow Night', 'Punch-Drunk Love', 'Pixels', 'The Dana Carvey's Show', 'Wayne's World 2' and 'Pixels'. He was the executive producer for 'Hotel Transylvania', 'Hotel Transylvania 2', 'You Don't Mess With the Zohan', 'Jack and Jill' and the 'Dana Carvey Show'. Smigel made his cartoon debut with 'The Ambiguously Gay Duo'.

The show got canceled, but Smigel continued to create more cartoon ideas later that summer. He began airing those characters on the show 'The Saturday Night Live' under the Funhouse Banner. Smigel later claimed, 'My whole career came out of the impulse to do cartoons on the Dana Carvey Show'. Robert Smigel acted with Bob Odenkirk as a nerd backstage in an Aerosmith concert in 'Wayne's World II'.

Charity Work

Robert Smigel, along with Michelle, serves on the board of NEXT for AUTISM, which is a non-profit body that addresses the needs of Autistic individuals and their respective families. Robert also created a celebrity fundraiser, 'Night of Too Many Stars', supporting Autistic Education. It is held twice a year.

What awards has Robert Smigel won?

Robert Smigel won an Emmy for the 2012 fundraiser 'Night of Too Many Stars' broadcast.

Robert Smigel’s Hobbies And Interests

Robert Smigel was interested in drama and sketch comedy.

Other Interesting Robert Smigel Facts And Trivia

  • Robert Smigel is an American actor and director who went to Cornell University and New York University to complete his education.
  • Robert Smigel was a part of the Chicago Comedy Troupe 'All You Can Eat' in the ’80s.
  • He was the voice behind the comic dog 'Triumph'. He voiced the dog with a Hungarian accent.
  • He is an American actor, writer, comedian, director, producer, and puppeteer.
  • Smigel began developing his comedic talent in Chicago at a workshop called 'The Player's Workshop'. He studied improvisation there along with Josephine Forsberg.
  • Robert Smigel blew off dental school and moved to Chicago since he was interested in sketch comedy.
  • He was the longest-running writer on 'Saturday Night Live'.
  • Robert Smigel's most popular creation was of the Insult Comic Dog 'Triumph', who mocks celebrities and public figures in the style of a Borscht Belt Comedian.
  • Robert Smigel co-wrote the script of 'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' where he played the character of Yosi, an Israeli electronics salesman.
  • In September 2020, Fox announced that Robert Smigel would be the executive producer for 'Let's Be Real'.
  • On June 16, 2022, Smigel was imprisoned for unlawful entry into the Longworth House Office Building of Washington, D.C. He was arrested along with eight other individuals connected to 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'.
  • In 2000, he was the vocal artist for Mr. Beefy, a sage bulldog in 'Little Nicky'.

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With a Bachelor's in Journalism from Amity University and copywriting, Chetan is an accomplished content writer who has demonstrated his versatility through his work with various companies across diverse industries, including media, travel, business, and hospitality. Additionally, Chetan is an accomplished Punjabi show director who brings his creative skills to his writing. His passion for traveling, dancing, and reading informs his content, producing high-quality work that engages and informs his audience.

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