Tried out for Middlesbrough Football Club in his youth. Worked as a solicitor before meeting comedy partner Vic Reeves at a gig and starting a partnership which has lasted over 20 years. Owns the independent production company Pett Productions with Vic Reeves and Lisa Clark. Awarded an honorary degree from Teeside University, Middlesbrough in 2014. Suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Can split an apple in half with his bare hands.