Tim Minchin is an Australian (my first Aussie, how embarrassing) musician, comedian, actor, composer and writer. Since making a name for himself at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and winning the best newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005, Tim has done all sorts of awesome things – sell-out comedy tours, sell-out orchestral arena tours, writing and composing the music for the award-winning musical Matilda, playing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and narrating an Academy Award-winning animated film, just to name a few.

Most recently, Tim gave a excellent Occasional Address at the University of Western Australia, where this quote is taken from. In the hilarious speech, Tim gives his nine life lessons which I guarantee you will enjoy and get something out of. You can watch the full speech and read the transcript here.

You can also check out some of Tim’s songs on his YouTube channel or watch this sweet animated short film, Storm (Warning: contains naughty language), based on one of his poems about pseudoscience.

RELATED COMICS: Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Neil Gaiman, Taylor Mali and Bill Hicks.

Thanks to Trev, Lina, Daren and Gerald for sending me the speech.