- Serial killer John Wayne Gacy painted the promo poster for Phillips' 1993 documentary Hated: G.G. Allin & the Murder Junkies, about the 1990s punk rocker and his band.
- Directed the 1998 documentary Frat House, about college-fraternity hazing practices, which was a Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival. The film has never been widely released amid accusations that portions of the documentary were staged.
- Directed comedian Tom Green in a number of Pepsi One commercials in 1999, and was at the helm for a 2012 Honda ad that featured Matthew Broderick in a Ferris Bueller knockoff that aired during the Super Bowl.
- Appeared as one of the cab drivers in the first seasons of the late 1990s cable reality series Taxicab Confessions.
- Was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his contributions to the script of Borat. Phillips was director of the film in its early stages, a position he left due to creative differences.
- Took little upfront salary for directing 2009's The Hangover in exchange for receiving a share of the film's profits, which reportedly total more than $75 million.
- For a scene in The Hangover that involved a stun gun, he wanted his actors to be shot with a live Taser claiming, "It doesn't hurt that much," but studio lawyers nixed the idea.
- Likes to make cameo appearances in his films.
- 1998, Sundance Film Festival — Grand Jury Prize: Documentary: Winner
- 2006, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
- 2007, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
- Jill Ginsberg — Sister
- Peter Bunzl — Father
- Lorette Phillips — Mother
- New York University, New York, New York, United States (BFA, 1994)
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