- Quit school at the age of 15 to pursue comedy and acting in New York.
- First big break was when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1980. He was on the show for only one season.
- Started squinting his eyes during his act out of nervousness.
- Introduced his trademark raspy voice during an episode of The Cosby Show in 1987.
- Launched a successful voice-over career in 1992, providing the voice to Iago the Parrot in Aladdin.
- Voiced the duck in the AFLAC commercials from 2000 to 2011.
- Dara Kravitz — Wife
- Lily Aster Gottfried — Daughter
- Max Aaron Gottfried — Son