TomSka during the Geek Faëries in France in 2016.
|Born||Thomas James Ridgewell
27 June 1990
|Occupation||Video blogger, filmmaker, director, producer, writer, actor|
|Total views||969.2 million
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of 14 April 2017.|
Thomas James "TomSka" Ridgewell (born 27 June 1990) is an English YouTube celebrity, writer, producer, director, actor, and filmmaker. He is known for his animated comedy web film series asdfmovie and webtoon Eddsworld. As of March 2017, his YouTube channel has over 4.6 million subscribers and his videos have garnered over 982 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 which he posted his video creations, including his friend Edd Gould's Eddsworld, and his viral animated video series 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.
A professional YouTuber, Ridgewell earns money from revenue from his videos on the website. He also has made short films for BBC and Comedy Central. He has been discussed and interviewed in relation to this, especially when the medium of online video was in its infancy. He has also 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 installment of asdfmovie, an animated sketch comedy series featuring very short clips of minimally-detailed characters in surreal and occasionally darkly humorous situations. There have been ten episodes, the latest having been uploaded on 1 April 2017.
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.
In January 2015, Ridgewell launched a new webtoon, Crash Zoom, on his TomSka channel. It is animated by Ben "Wonchop" Smallman, who also animated some of the asdfmovie episodes. It features three young characters Lucy, Ben, and Cate, in their various surreal exploits.
DarkSquidge is the name of Ridgewell's secondary channel on YouTube. As of December 2016, the channel has over 600,000 subscribers and more than 67 million views. The content that Ridgewell uploads on this channel differs greatly from that of his main channel. While his main channel consists of sketch comedy and animations, DarkSquidge shows behind the scenes footage of TomSka related projects and videos. Ridgewell also engages in social commentary on this platform, covering a range of topics such as mental health, sexual health and body positivity. Vlogging is also a part of this channel. The YouTuber uploads weekly vlogs to the channel dubbed as "Last Week". This channel was created in October 2007.
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