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Triumph The Insult Comic Dog skewers the WGA

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 12th 2008 5:29PM

TriumphOK, so the writers and the studios have come to an agreement and the strike is over. Now we can start dumping on everyone!

The Writers Guild of America East held their awards show on Saturday night in New York City, celebrating each other and also the end of the three month strike. The event really got lively when Triumph The Insult Comic Dog (with help from Robert Smigel) took the stage and unleashed some choice barbs at the WGA. He also gets in a few shots at NBC head Jeff Zucker, the late night hosts, and John Ridley. There are too many funny lines to just reprint here (though nothing about pooping on the new contract, which is odd), but here are a few highlights.

No, we have an excellent agreement. And what better way to celebrate than with the most scaled-down [expletive] award ceremony ever? Who needs Rita Moreno? Who needs to sit? Who needs food? You can drink free Sierra Mist at the bar.

Seriously, I spent time on the picket line. I learned a lot. Not until you hang out with these writers do you realize how much [expletive] there is on TV. "You write for 'Reba'? That's terrific!" Ladies and gentlemen, what a powerful statement: No "According to Jim" until this strike is over! Now I know why the public was in favor of this strike.

We had to get an agreement today. We had to. There was too much public outcry. At the end of the day, we had to end the strike to get all the ugly writers off of YouTube.

Personally, I want to see the complete, foul-mouthed version of this speech. You know Triumph must have been at least a little more nasty than these snippets reveal. If anyone finds footage of the event online, let us know in the comments.

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