Tom Scott (entertainer)

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott-headshot.jpg
Nationality British
Alma mater University of York
Occupation Entertainer, Web Developer

Tom Scott (born 1985) is a British geek comedian,[1] YouTuber, programmer,[2] and formerly the presenter of Gadget Geeks on Sky One.[3]

In 2004, Scott produced a website parodying the British government's emergency response procedures and included a section explaining what to do in case of a zombie apocalypse. The GICS Operations Web Team responded by demanding the site be taken down.[4][5]

Other web-related humour Scott has created include "Evil", a web app that reveals the phone numbers of Facebook users,[6][7] "Tweleted"—which allows you to see posts deleted from Twitter,[8] and "What's Osama bin Watchin?", which mashes together an image of Osama bin Laden with Internet meme videos from YouTube like the song Friday.[9] In 2012, Scott released 'Klouchebag', a satire of the social media rankings site Klout.[10][11]

Scott also has a popular YouTube Channel with over 300,000 subscribers and more than 47 million views.[12] Tom is also a regular on the YouTube Channel Computerphile.[13]

Scott was the UK organiser of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and successfully ran as "Mad Cap'n Tom" for student union president at the University of York.[14]

In 2008, his University Radio York radio show, "The Technical Difficulties", won the Kevin Greening Award[15] at the Student Radio Awards. More recently, The Technical Difficulties has been relaunched as a podcast,[16] and as a series on Scott's YouTube channel.

In 2010, following his involvement in pirate-related humour, Scott ran for Parliament—again as "Mad Cap'n Tom"—in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency as a joke candidate promising to scrap taxes on rum, have schools offer courses in "swordsmanship and gunnery", and putting a 50% tax on downloads of Cheryl Cole MP3s. He described his chances of winning in the safe Conservative seat of Westminster as "[s]omewhere 'twixt a snowball's chance in hell an' zero."[17] He received 84 votes, 0.2% of the total.[18]

Also in 2010, Scott captained the Hitchhikers in series 3 of BBC Four's Only Connect. They reached the semi-finals, but were knocked out by the Strategists.

In 2013, Scott received widespread coverage for 'Actual Facebook Graph Searches', a Tumblr site which exposes potentially embarrassing or dangerous collation of public Facebook data using Facebook's Graph Search, such as showing men in Tehran who have said that they are "interested in men", or "Single women who live nearby and are interested in men and like getting drunk".[19][20]

In 2014, Scott co-founded (with Matt Gray) Emojli, an emoji-only social network based on social networking application Yo. It was described by Slate as "an inside joke turned into reality".[21][22]

At the end of 2015, Scott launched a collaborative YouTube channel with his colleague Matt Gray, Matt and Tom's Park Bench,[23] in which the pair discuss topics arising from their collaborative video projects.


  1. ^ Wiseman, Eva (25 July 2010). "This virtual horror is all too real". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Parker, Matt (21 April 2011). "Did aliens establish a primitive postcode system in ancient Britain?". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Barnett, Emma (15 January 2012). "My life as one of Sky 1's Gadget Geeks". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Sherriff, Lucy (27 July 2004). "Emergency advice parody misses Gov UK funny bone". The Register. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "When zombies attack". The Guardian. 30 July 2004. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Butcher, Mike (24 May 2010). ""Evil" app shows how Facebook users make their mobile numbers public". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Arthur, Charles (6 October 2010). "Is your private phone number on Facebook? Probably. And so are your friends'". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Fletcher, Dan (20 July 2009). "Tweleted: Making Mischief on Twitter". Time Business. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Gross, Doug (9 May 2011). "Make Osama watch 'Friday,' suffer other indignities". CNN Tech. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Pagels, Jim (27 April 2012). "Who Are the Real Klouchebags?". Slate. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Kosner, Anthony (30 April 2012). "Hate Klout? Tom Scott Mixes Meaningless Metrics with Feminine Hygiene in Response". Forbes. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Tom Scott". YouTube. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Tom Scott on Computerphile". YouTube. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Grimshaw, Gerran (10 March 2008). "'Pirate' becomes new student union president". York Press. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Barnard, Mike. "Student radio talent celebrated at the Student Radio Awards 2008". Milkround. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Technical Difficulties - Podcast and Web Show". Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  17. ^ McDermott, Kerry (29 April 2010). "England's fringe candidates fight for votes". BBC News. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Election Results 2010: Cities of London and Westminster". BBC News. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  19. ^ Actual Facebook Graph Searches
  20. ^ Garside, Juliette (23 January 2013). "Facebook's Graph Search tool causes increasing privacy concerns". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Sarah Gray (2 July 2014). "An emoji-only social network: Ridiculous … or brilliant?". Slate. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Olivia Solon (30 June 2014). "Emoji-only social network Emojli is the new Yo". Wired UK. 
  23. ^ "Matt and Tom's Park Bench on YouTube.". Retrieved 28 December 2015. 

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