Remembered for his acclaimed career as both a television comedy writer and a producer, he worked on such popular British television series as Have I Got News for You, You Only Live Once, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
After completing a degree in history at Brasenose College, Oxford University, he worked as an apprentice for the BBC's Newsnight program; he later produced the popular News Quiz series.
He was a writer and creator of a darkly comic adult cartoon series titled Monkey Dust.
His affair with English journalist and poker player
As a writer for the British satirical series The 11 O'Clock Show, he was responsible for creating actor Sacha Baron Cohen's famous "Ali G" character.