Known for such comic novels and memoirs as, respectively, Wake Up Sir! and What's Not to Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer, this popular author also penned a column for the New York Press and created and wrote the HBO series Bored to Death starring Jason Schwartzman.
He began his literary career as a storyteller and performer, becoming popular in 1999 for his one-man show, Oedipussy.
An actor as well as a writer, he appeared with John Malkovich in the 2008 film The Great Buck Howard.
He graduated from Princeton University before returning to his native New York to enter the Master of Fine Arts program in fiction writing at Columbia University.
His novel The Extra Man was adapted into a 2010 film starring Kevin Kline.