1. His “big break” into mainstream culture is considered to be his first HBO comedy special done in 1986, followed by his debut performance on The Tonight Show in 1987.
2. Typically, his acts consist of commentary about his family and complaints about hotel service.
3. He starred as the title character on the short-lived sitcom version of Uncle Buck.
4. He is also an accomplished singer and has written and produced songs for HBO and Comedy Central with his co-writer Martin Olson, with whom he has written several television series.
5. In 1996, he wrote and performed a one-man play titled Vegas Vows based loosely on his brief marriage to a woman he had just met. In the 2000s, Meaney performed on Broadway in the musical Hairspray for seven years.
6. Meaney was born the third child of five in Valhalla, New York.
7. When he was 39 years old, he married a woman he had just met in Las Vegas.
8. After his wife set off a metal detector and lifted her shirt high enough to expose her bra, he reportedly got belligerent and was asked twice not to film the security operations of the terminal.