Thomas James "TomSka" Ridgewell (born 27 June 1990) is an English comedian and YouTube celebrity, best known for Internet video series asdfmovie and Eddsworld. As of March 2016, his YouTube channel has over 4 million subscribers and his videos have garnered over 800 million views.
Early life and education
As a child, Ridgewell began making short films using his parents' video camera. Not long after YouTube was established, Ridgewell created CakeBomb, a website on which he posted his video creations, including his friend's Eddsworld, and his first asdfmovie. Ridgewell graduated from the University of Lincoln, and while there created a series of unofficial "advertisements" for the university which received millions of views.
He was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but no longer practises this faith. Despite this, he has expressed a belief in God.
A professional YouTuber, Ridgewell earns money from revenue from his videos on the website. He has been discussed and interviewed in relation to this, especially when the medium of online video was in its infancy. He has additionally appeared as a guest on the BBC's The One Show, and has appeared as a radio and TV guest internationally.
In 2008, Ridgewell released the first instalment of asdfmovie, an animated sketch comedy series featuring quite short clips of minimally-detailed characters in surreal and occasionally darkly humorous situations. There have been nine episodes, the latest having been uploaded on 7 August 2015.
In 2012, he took charge of the production of Eddsworld after the show's original creator and his friend, Edd Gould, died of leukemia. He left the series in 2016, handing the show over to Edd's family.
In 2013, Ridgewell was featured in YouTube's first "Comedy Week".
He was featured on the cover of Wired UK in February 2013 as part of a feature titled "How YouTube Reinvented the Entertainment Business" and was selected by YouTube as a guest host for its Geek Week series in August.
The BBC announced that Ridgewell will be appearing as a guest presenter on the Dan and Phil show from September 2014 on BBC Radio 1.
Ridgewell spoke at the VidFest UK London Comic Con in 2014.
In January 2015, Ridgewell launched a new webtoon, Crash Zoom, on his TomSka channel. It is animated by Ben "Wonchop" Smallman, who additionally animated a few of the asdfmovie episodes. It features three young characters, Lucy, Ben and Kate, and their various surreal exploits.
In 2015, Ridgewell worked with animator Matt Ley to create Art Is Dead, a comic book based on, and featuring adapted sketches from, his asdfmovie series.
- Art is Dead: The ASDF Book (2015, Little Brown Book Group, ISBN 9780751563047)