- Was working for an insurance company when he decided to pursue a career in acting.
- After graduating from university, he was a teacher during the day and performed stand-up comedy at night.
- Acting debut was in 1984 in the drama series Prisoner.
- Shot to fame in 1988 starring in the sketch-comedy show The Comedy Club; his Uncle Arthur character was very popular with audiences.
- In 1993, co-founded Working Dog Productions, a production company that has produced many popular shows and films including Russell Coight's All Aussie Adventures and The Castle.
- Although the show did not premiere until 2002, he first developed his Kath & Kim character, Kel Knight, when he performed on Fast Forward in the early 1990s.
- Hosted the quiz show Out of the Question in 2008.