He spent his twenties writing songs, playing in bands, acting in plays, composing for theatre, playing piano for cabaret artists and penning tongue-in-cheek beat poems.
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One of the more contentious songs on the album is "The Song for Phil Daoust", about the Guardian writer who gave Minchin one of his very first bad reviews after seeing him at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005.  Minchin has stated in interviews that he decided to use Daoust's real name as it was crucial to the material being "shocking".  According to Times Online , the song "addresses the awkward relationship between critic and performer with gleeful venom".