He was born in Kocamustafapaşa in Istanbul, and his family origins go back to Gürün.
While studying at Boğaziçi University Tourism and Hotel Management Faculty, he started publishing cartoons for the Turkish humor magazine Leman. In August 1995 he did his first stand-up comedy show in "Leman Culture Center" performing with no serious career intentions as a comedian. However, after the high response from the crowd he continued his show to attract larger crowds in Beşiktaş Cultural Center where he appeared in over a thousand stand-up comedy shows since, becoming extremely popular; so popular, that people are willing to pay 250 YTL (approx. 210 USD) for a ticket.
His movie career started with co-starring in the movie "Herşey Çok Güzel Olacak" ("Everything's Gonna Be Great") in 1998, continuing various roles in such movies Vizontele, Organize İşler and Ramon. He starred in the 2005 box-office hit G.O.R.A., a big-budget science-fiction comedy which he also wrote. The shooting of the film had lasted several years because of financial and other technical problems and the deep involvement left him exhausted for a time. The film was one of the top hits in Turkey, with 4 million people having watched it.
In 2006, he returned to the silver screen with the movie "Hokkabaz" (The Trickster) as actor, writer and co-director.