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Robert Smigel Biography

Birth Name:
Robert M. Smigel
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, voice-overs, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Collected TV Guides as a youngster
  • His dentist-father developed the cosmetic tooth-bonding technique
  • Studied improv at Chicago's The Players Workshop, and was a member of the Chicago comedy troupe All You Can Eat
  • First head writer for Late Night With Conan O'Brien
  • His Saturday Night Live animated segment "TV Funhouse" was made into a 2000-01 series on Comedy Central
  • Was in a legal dogfight with Pets
  • com in 2000 when the company sued for defamation, claiming his Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog character made unfavorable comments about the sock-puppet dog they used in commercials
  • In 2004, Warner Bros
  • commissioned him to do a comedic movie script featuring Jack Black as Green Lantern, but the studio instead opted for a more dramatic take
  • Has a child with autism and is very involved in autism fundraising

Awards

  • 2017Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials: winner
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Interactive Program: winner
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: winner
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: winner
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated

Relationships

  • Irwin Smigel -- Father
  • Lucia Smigel -- Mother
  • Daniel Smigel -- Son
  • Michelle Saks -- Wife