• He was born in Brooklyn in 1961 and raised in New York suburb of Roosevelt Island.
• He was raised by his mother Lillian Murphy, a telephone company employee and step-
father Vernon Lynch, an ice-cream factory worker, after the death of his father.
• By the age of 15 he was writing and performing his own routines at local venues.
• He got voted most popular boy in school after he began exploring his joke-telling
• His big break was on US comedy show Saturday Night Live, where his dead-on
impersonations led to him becoming a key player between 1981 and 1984.
• He paid out £3.2 million to acquire an eight-bedroom, Moroccan-inspired mansion,
complete with gym, cinema, swimming pool and moat for his lawyer wife Nicole Mitchell.
• He and Nicole Mitchell divorced in April 2006 after having 5 children.
• He fathered a baby girl, Angel Iris, with former Spice Girl Mel B.