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Queens World Cup fans get pooped on by Triumph the Insult Dog

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Screenshoot via teamcoco.com

Instead of taking a trip to South America, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog paid a visit to western Queens last week to poop on World Cup fans.

The character puppet, voiced by Robert Smigel, aired the first of his World Cup segments on TBS’ “Conan” Tuesday night where he joined Colombian, Greek and Uruguayan fans in Astoria and Jackson Heights.

In the June 24 segment Triumph begins his “pooping” journey in Astoria in front of the bar and restaurant Basurero on Steinway Street celebrating with and insulting Colombian fans.

“As soon as the teams are done jogging and warming up they are going to start the game,” he said before moving away from the camera. “Oh wait I’ve just been informed that this is the game and I’ve actually been watching soccer for the past two hours.”

He then makes his way to another Astoria bar filled with Greek fans and pokes fun at the Greek economy and the idea that all Greeks work at diners.

Triumph ends his segment in Jackson Heights with Uruguayan fans at La Gran Uruguaya Restaurant and El Chivito D’Oro where he makes fun of the “Easter egg” colors of the country’s flag and even gets an insult shot at him by one die-hard fan.

“You know they say that soccer is less exciting than football, American football, but that is really selling it short. Don’t you think?” he questions some fans watching the game. “It’s also less exciting than basketball and baseball and bowling and backgammon and miniature gold and yahtzee.”

The video ends with viewers being promised that the World Cup “pooping” will be continued.



Actress Jodi Long talks Queens roots, sitcom success

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Photo by Peter Svenson/Family photo by Miranda Ruane

After spending years gracing the Broadway stage, the small screen and the silver screen, actress Jodi Long’s days growing up in Woodside could seem like a distant memory.

But for her, those experiences and the time spent with her performer parents have helped shape her work and life today.

Long is currently starring in the TBS comedy series “Sullivan & Son,” which kicks off its third season on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

The show centers around a bar in a middle-class Pittsburgh neighborhood owned by Long’s character (“Ok Cha”), her husband (played by Dan Lauria) and their son “Steve” (played by Steve Byrne). Long plays a Korean immigrant mother who, with funny one-liners, doles out tough love and isn’t afraid to tell everyone what they are doing wrong.

Though she is now playing a mother on TV, Long started acting as a child.

Born in Manhattan, she moved to Queens as a baby, with her parents, a Chinese-Aussie tap dancer father and Japanese-American showgirl mother. The two became a popular husband-and-wife nightclub act “Larry and Trudie” in the 1940s and 1950s, and were featured on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Long, with director Christine Choy, produced “Long Story Short,” which accounts her personal family story. The film won the Asian Pacific Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary.

Along with traveling with her vaudevillian parents as a child, Long landed her first gig in the Broadway play “Nowhere to Go But Up” when she was 7 years old.

“When you are a kid it’s sort of fun,” Long said of the experience and getting to play backstage among the rafters.

But she took a break from acting because her mother said she “needed to be in school.”
Remembering her days attending elementary and middle school in her local neighborhood, Long recalls a Queens that is different than it is today.

“It was diverse in a different way,” she said, noting she was one of only a couple of Asian children in Woodside at the time.

Long found more diversity in high school, when she attended the High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan, where “it was about your talent, not the color of your skin,” she said.

“In one way acting, the art kind of staged me. It is kind of about the humanity,” Long added.

Long continued studying acting at SUNY Purchase College, and spent the next several decades working her way through roles, including on Broadway, and eventually coming to Hollywood landing parts in television shows and movies, such as “The Cosby Show,” “Sex & the City,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Franklin & Bash,” “The Hot Chick” and “Beginners.”

One of her latest projects is the indie movie “A Picture of You,” which premiered in New York on June 20. The dramatic film centers on estranged siblings who travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother, played by Long.

“For me I love acting,” Long said. “Whether it’s comedy, sitcom, dramedy.”

As for her current role in “Sullivan & Son,” Long said she sees some differences and similarities in Ok Cha and herself.

“I think I have a little more tact than the character,” she said.

“I think she is a strong woman. I’m a strong woman. [You] need that to survive show business.”