Dylan is very ambiguous about details of his life which makes interviews with journalists a hard task.
His PR says, "Dylan's shy, he doesn't like talking to journalists".
In one interview he questioned, "Why is there all the fuss about what i'm up to?"
Dylan was born in 1971 in County Meath, Navan, Ireland. He left school at 16 with no qualifications and apparently spent 4 jobless years 'drinking and writing bad poetry'. He once worked as a florist for a week but hated it. He is not very tall.
Dylan fell into comedy at age 20 after watching Ardal O'Hanlon and other comedians perform at Dublins 'The Comedy Cellar', a small 90-seater comedy club with no microphone. He had a go at standup at the Comedy Cellar in 1992 and found his calling- attracted also by the need for no qualifications! Between 1995 and 1996 Dylan was writing a weekly column for The Irish Times.
Dylan's talent was acknowledged in 1993 when he won the 'So You Think You're Funny' award at the Edinburgh Festival. He then went on to become the youngest person to win the Perrier Award in 1996 at Edinburgh Festival at age 24. 'Gurgling For Money' was Dylans first major one man stand up UK tour in 1997. He went on to perform at many other festivals including the Hay Literary Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.
In 1998 he won his first major television role in the BBC 2 sitcom 'How Do You Want Me?' with Charlotte Coleman.
Dylan then won a small role in the 1999 movie 'Notting Hill' as Rufus the Thief.
In 2000, 'Black Books' was first aired on Channel 4. The sitcom about a miserable, unsociable, drunken book shop owner Bernard Black was the original idea by Dylan and helped brought into existence by co-writer and fellow Irishman Graham Linehan. Series 2 was televised in 2002, and series 3 (quite possibly the last series) which aired in March 2004 on Channel 4 was greeted with great enthusiasm by critics and fans alike.
Dylan can also be seen playing 'David' in 2004's British movie success, the 'RomZomCom', 'Shaun Of The Dead', written by the writers of Spaced, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
2004 has also seen Dylan taking to the road again with his killer new show, Monster II, including performances in New York and Milan, as well as a zig-zag tour around Britain, culminating in a week-long run at London's Palace Theatre, before two shows at Dublin's Vicar street, and finally an appearance at the Hay Festival.
A live DVD of the Monster II tour, filmed May 28th at Dublin's Vicar Street, is out on general release. This is Dylan's first live stand-up DVD. After a successful run in New York in March as part of the British Comedy Invasion (including performances by other top British comedians such as Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey and Tommy Tiernan) Dylan returned to New York for a month-long run at the Village Theatre. He then did a two-week London West End run at the Wyndham's Theatre, November 1st-13th 2004.
Having finally laid Black Books to rest, Dylan is still busy. His next project is a role in Tristram Shandy, starring alongside Steve Coogan, Stephen Fry and Rob Brydon amongst others.
After living in North London for many years, Dylan now lives with his family in Edinburgh.