- Lived in a variety of countries when he was growing up, including Cyprus and Uganda, because his father was a geography teacher in the armed forces.
- Was a member of the spoof heavy metal band Bad News who played at the Monsters of Rock festival in 1986.
- Played Captain Hook in a Peter Pan pantomime during its Christmas run in 2009 at the Marlowe Theatre in Kent, England.
- Won the BBC1 cooking series Celebrity Masterchef in 2013, beating Les Dennis and Janet Street-Porter.
- Was a pallbearer at the funeral of his close friend and fellow comedian Rik Mayall in 2014.