Ace and Gary, the animated superhero team also known as The Ambiguously Gay Duo (voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell) will host a compilation of Robert Smigel cartoon shorts on April 10 at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. The special will represent the best of Saturday TV Funhouse, a recurring Saturday Night Live segment that features the The X-Presidents, Fun with Real Audio and jabs at celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson and Mr. T.
The special will feature new animation of Ace and Gary as they get their big chance to take the SNL stage to deliver a monologue and interact with the live-action cast. The duo will also introduce the Funhouse cartoons, which first started appearing in 1996 and feature animation by J.J. Sedelmaier Prods., Wachtenheim/Marianetti and Bix Pix. Selections will include the stop-motion holiday favorites Christmastime for the Jews and The Narrator That Ruined Christmas, as well as a Disney-fied musical version of Titanic dubbed Titey.
Smigel served as a writer and co-producer on Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1993, before becoming the original head writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His cartoons have been honored at numerous festivals, claiming first prize at the World Animation Festival in Zagreb in 1997 and the Ernie Kovacs Award at the Dallas Film Festival in 1998. In addition to his work on Saturday TV Funhouse, Smigel is the genius behind Late Night with Conan O’Brien’s Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and the hilarious, but short-lived, Comedy Central series TV Funhouse, which featured live-action host Doug and his puppeteered ‘Anipals.’