TomSka’s Cartoons: Funny for Ages 12 and Above

/ Aug 15, 2014


Thomas Ridgewell, better known as TomSka on YouTube, realizes that people tend to grow out of the entertainment they embraced as kids. For a creator who professes that his cartoon videos, “asdfmovies,” target “myself aged 12 to 16,” this was an important issue for him to discuss on the latest “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”

“It’s very common for all of us to throw what we used to love under the bus [when we reach a certain age],” Ridgewell admitted, noting an “oh, that’s kid stuff now” attitude. Thus, he gets that people might grow out of his content. However, with almost 3 million subscribers and a career on YouTube that began at the start of the partner program, Ridgewell has managed to stay impressively relevant.

He compares this phenomenon to his feelings about content by YouTube comedy duo Smosh. (Fun fact: Ridgewell has been at video-creating so long that he put his work on before YouTube even existed.) Ridgewell was a “huge fan” of Smosh growing up, but he explained, “They’re entertaining the same demographic, and I’ve grown up.”

Not all of Ridgewell’s videos aim to please the 12- to 16-year-old boy set. Some of his other comedy gets older as he does. Overall, Ridgewell’s target audience ranges. “Basically, everything I make is for me at a different age,” he described.

However, more than pre-teens and adolescents enjoy asdfmovies. As Rhett & Link noted, it’s “tempting” to make an analysis about how their rapid-fire format works for kids today with their “fragmented minds” (obviously created in part by entertainment platforms like YouTube), but that would dismiss an important fact of Ridgewell’s content. It’s just funny. Very funny.

Ridgewell provides a smart explanation of his fast-paced content. “Any joke, any narrative you can tell a dozen, different ways,” he said, “but you can condense any narrative to about three seconds at its core.” This principle lies behind the genius humor of many of Ridgewell’s videos. The element of surprise that comes with such speedy action also helps with comedic effect. Ridgewell further uses old catchphrases and clichés to create playful, hard-hitting spinoffs to make viewers laugh.

To learn more of the secrets behind Ridgewell’s funniest videos, tune into this week’s “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link.”

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