Tom is ready to star on TV
THIS class clown is about to get Nick'd.
Rockhampton school boy Tom Schuster has been snapped up as the next rising star on children's television channel Nickelodeon.
From riding a unicycle to learning to drive, mixed with a few pranks, Tom, 16, will hit the silver screen this Friday as a new host on The Go Show. But he said he says his upcoming fame came by chance.
“I was at the right place at the right time,” he said.
Tom, whose mum said he's always had a wicked sense of humour, started sharing his comedy skits at the local Class Clown competition run by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
He was chosen to compete in Brisbane and then asked to perform at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April.
“From there they (the producers) saw a write-up on me in The Melbourne Age, Googled me and traced me back to here,” Tom said.
“They asked to have me on the show - I can't complain about that.”
Tom is now considered one of the Top Ten Teen Comedians in Australia.
He is one of five hosts on The Go Show - a series featuring twisted kid-generated content, music, mad skits, celebrity interviews and awesome VIP prizes.
It's all aimed at injecting some attitude into Friday nights for kids between 10 and 15 years.
Tom, who draws his comedic inspiration from the awkward situations that people land themselves in and the random quirks of a kid's everyday life, has his own segment on the show, which was all filmed in Rockhampton and features some of his school friends.
From this Friday at 6pm on Nickelodeon you can watch Tom in a range of situations around town.
He said there's a scene in a shopping trolley in the Stockland car park, riding a unicycle at school - but that's all he's willing to give away.
The final of five episodes will screen on November 13.