Thomas James Ridgewell (born June 27, 1990), known online as TomSka, is a British YouTube celebrity, actor, writer, producer, director, voice actor, and filmmaker, as well as the founder of the Turbo punch media production company. He is known for his animated comedy web film series asdfmovie and webtoons Eddsworld and Crash Zoom. As of January 2019, his YouTube channel has over 5.6 million subscribers and his videos have garnered over 1.3 billion views.
As 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 October 2007, Tomska created a secondary channel called DarkSquidge. As of March 2018, the channel has over 780,000 subscribers and more than 101 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, as well as vlogging. Ridgewell also engages in social commentary on this platform, covering a range of topics such as mental health, sexual health, and body positivity. The YouTuber uploaded weekly vlogs to the channel dubbed as “Last Week”. After ending “Last Week”, Tom then made a monthly vlogging series called “Last Month”.
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 eleven episodes as of August 2018, as well as two “deleted scene” videos, a promotional video with Marmite, and four music videos; “I Like Trains”, “Mine Turtle”, “Everybody Do The Flop”, and “The Muffin Song”. The song “Beep Beep I’m a Sheep” by Canadian musician Todd “LilDeuceDeuce” Bryanton with vocals by Ridgewell and Gabriel “BlackGryph0n” Brown, released alongside asdfmovie10, was featured in the dance rhythm game Just Dance 2018. 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 29 October 2015. A second book titled Sam Kills Christmas, written by Ridgewell and Eddie Bowley with illustrations by Dorina Herdewijn is scheduled for release on 18 November 2018.