He performed a blend of stand-up comedy with magic and it was to controversial effects.
In his early days he commuted from Scotland to London to perform at the Comedy Store.
His brand of humor did not always go over well; for example, in 1991 an outraged Canadian audience member knocked him unconscious.
His father was Jewish and his mother of Scottish descent.
Imitating Lenny Bruce, his acts used bad language, offensive topics, and general insensitivity to cultural norms.