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Thomas James Ridgewell

(1990-06-27) 27 June 1990 (age 33)
Suffolk, England
Education University of Lincoln
  • YouTuber
  • filmmaker
  • vlogger
  • comedian
  • actor
YouTube information
Years active2002–present
  • Comedy
  • sketch comedy
  • action
  • black comedy
  • surreal comedy
  • slapstick
  • adult animation
Subscribers7.22 million (main channel)
8.65 million (combined) [lower-alpha 1]
Total views2.03 billion (main channel)
2.24 billion (combined) [lower-alpha 2]
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2010 (TomSka)
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2012 (TomSka) [1]

Last updated: 28 June 2023

Thomas James Ridgewell (born 27 June 1990), known online as TomSka, is a British YouTuber, filmmaker, vlogger, and actor. He is known for writing, directing, producing, and starring in his live-action sketch comedy YouTube videos and animated web-series such as asdfmovie ( /ˈæzdəfmvi/ AZ-dəf-moo-vee), Crash Zoom, [2] and Eddsworld where he both provided the voice and inspired the character of Tom and served as showrunner from 2012 to 2016. As of July 2023, his YouTube channel has over 7.22 million subscribers, and his videos have garnered over 2 billion views. [3]


Early life and education

Thomas James Ridgewell was born on 27 June 1990 in Suffolk, [4] England. [5] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness. As a child, Ridgewell made short films using his parents' video camera. [6] Shortly after YouTube was established, Ridgewell created CakeBomb, [7] a website where he posted his projects, including his animated web series asdfmovie and his friend Edd Gould's Eddsworld . Ridgewell graduated from the University of Lincoln [8] where he studied Media Production, and whilst studying created a series of unofficial advertisements for the university which received millions of views and were also featured on the BBC. [9]


As a professional YouTuber, Ridgewell earns money from revenue from his videos on the website. [10] [11] He has been interviewed about this and has had this aspect of his life discussed, especially when the medium of online video was in its infancy. [5] He has appeared as a guest on the BBC's The One Show [12] and created short films for Comedy Central. [13]

In October 2007, Ridgewell created a secondary channel called DarkSquidge (currently known as TomSka & Friends). [14] As of April 2022, the channel has over 1.38 million subscribers and over 191 million views. [15] While his main channel consists of sketch comedy and animations, The "TomSka & Friends" channel shows behind-the-scenes footage of TomSka-related projects and videos, as well as vlogging.[ citation needed ] Ridgewell also engages in social commentary, covering topics like mental health, [16] sexual health, and body positivity. [17] From April 2016 to February 2018, he uploaded weekly vlogs to the channel in a series named Last Week. [18]

Ridgewell's 2011 attire was the base for an avatar (also known as skins) he commissioned someone to make for the game Minecraft, a modified version of his avatar is used by popular Youtuber Jschlatt.

In 2012, Ridgewell founded the media production company TurboPunch Ltd., located in London. He currently works there alongside co-writer Eddie Bowley and video editor Elliot Gough. [19] Ridgewell also became the producer of Eddsworld after the show's creator, Edd Gould, died of leukaemia. [20] He left the series in 2016, relinquishing the show to animator Matt Hargreaves. [20]

In February 2013, Ridgewell was featured on the cover of Wired UK as part of a feature titled "How YouTube Reinvented the Entertainment Business". [21] In May 2013, he was featured in YouTube's first Comedy Week [22] as a guest host for its Geek Week series in August. [23]

In 2014, Ridgewell, in collaboration with video game developer Pixel Spill Studios, created the game KatataK, a side-scrolling shoot 'em up for iOS and Android devices. [24] [25] In September 2014, the BBC announced Ridgewell would appear as a guest presenter on the Dan and Phil Show on BBC Radio 1. [26] [27] [28]

In 2016, Ridgewell filmed several sketches with the BBC for a potential sketch show on BBC Three. [29]


In 2008, Ridgewell released the first episode of asdfmovie, [30] an animated sketch comedy series featuring short clips of minimalist characters in surreal and occasionally darkly humorous situations. The "asdf" part of the name originates from the first four characters of the second row of letters on the "QWERTY" keyboard layout. The song "Beep Beep I'm a Sheep" by Canadian musician LilDeuceDeuce with vocals by Ridgewell and Gabriel Brown, [31] released alongside asdfmovie10, was featured in the dance rhythm game Just Dance 2018 . [32] A book based on the asdfmovie series, titled Art is Dead: the asdf book, was written by Ridgewell, illustrated by Matt Ley and published by Little Brown on 22 October 2015. [33] A second book titled Sam Kills Christmas, written by Ridgewell and Eddie Bowley with illustrations by Dorina Herdewijn, was released on 8 November 2018. [34] [35]

In May 2018, Ridgewell uploaded "The Muffin Song", a spin-off song of his asdfmovie series, in collaboration with Schmoyoho. As of October 2021, the video has garnered over 200 million views. [36]

In 2019, Ridgewell developed a card game based on asdfmovie in collaboration with Big Potato Games called Muffin Time: The Random Card Game. [37] He raised over £1,000,000 for the game on Kickstarter. [38]

Personal life

He was raised a Jehovah's Witness but no longer practices this faith. [39] Despite this, he has expressed belief in a higher power. [40]

Though not primarily a musician by trade, Ridgewell has played bass guitar in multiple videos, including "Guitar Warfare" [41] and "Mine Turtle" as a featured artist with LilDeuceDeuce. [42]

He endorsed the Labour Party in the 2017 United Kingdom general election [43] and expressed his opposition to both Brexit [44] and the Conservative Party. [45]


Web Series

2005-2016 Eddsworld TomAlso showrunner (Eddsworld Legacy), writer, director, producer, and composer
2008–2022asdfmovieVarious rolesAlso creator, writer, director, and producer
2012 Dick Figures MashEpisode 39, "The Fart Knight Rises"
2013Project: LibraryYoung Troy Bennet (Episode 2, "Dinosaur")Also executive producer
2014-2016 Don't Hug Me I'm Scared Magnet (Episode 6)Also executive producer (Episodes 3, 4, 5, and 6)
2015–presentCrash ZoomBenAlso creator, writer, director, and producer
2015-2021 Cyanide and Happiness Shorts Agent 73 Episodes
2016 YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge Himself
2016-2020Last WeekHimselfAlso creator
2017 YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017 Himself
2018–2019, 2023Last MonthHimselfAlso creator
2018–present#CONTENTHimselfAlso creator
2021–presentTryHardsHimselfAlso co-creator

Short Films

2012Ellie HeartExecutive producer, special thanks
2015Primitive CorrectnessUghAlso writer and director
2016AwayExecutive Producer
2016Friend Like MeJirard the Pizza Guy
2017Self-Conscious ComputerSpecial thanks
2021The Last UnionSpecial thanks

Feature Films

YearTitleDirectorProducerWriter Actor OtherRoleNotes
2013 Dick Figures: The Movie NoNoNoYesNoFrench Cop (voice)
2015 Dude Bro Party Massacre III NoNoNoYesNoChaz Noodlemen (voice)
2020 Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin MacLeod NoNoNoHimselfNo

Video Games

2018 Frostpunk Various Roles
2021MADNESS: Project NexusSpecial thanks



  1. Subscribers, broken down by channel:
    7.22 million (TomSka)
    1.43 million (TomSka & Friends)
  2. Views, broken down by channel:
    2.03 billion (TomSka)
    218 million (TomSka & Friends)

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