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WTTW-TV: "Rod Blagojevich, Ryan Dempster, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Walk Into a Bar..."

By Marc Vitali

June 5, 2024


The former governor is a current glutton for punishment.


What would inspire Rod Blagojevich to accept an invitation from a puppet dog with a penchant for profanity? Is it a need for attention? The desire to prove he can take it as well as give it? To show he’s a good sport?


None of these questions was answered Monday night at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park, where Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (aka comedian Robert Smigel) hosted a “Jeopardy!”-style game show with celebrity contestants, including ex-Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, actor Samm Levine and, of course, Blagojevich, who in 2010 was convicted on corruption charges after he attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by then President-elect Barack Obama.



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