At the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, no-one's heard of Tim Minchin, a young musician who in a last ditch attempt to get noticed decides to give comedy a go. He needs to start to make an income if his childhood sweetheart, now his wife, is to get her way and start a family. This will be his last try before he'll have to get a day job. After a dramatic image change, his self-produced solo show catches the attention of Edinburgh producer Karen Koren, wins him the surprise Director's Choice award and an offer of a coveted spot at the Edinburgh Arts Festival. He takes it. Our camera goes with him.