Game-show panellist asks Y him
JOSH Thomas is angry at his mum. ‘‘I know nothing about general knowledge and it’s her fault,’’ he says backstage during a break from taping Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation, in which he represents Gen Y.
‘‘I am so angry about all the times my mum made me sit down and do maths instead of watching television,’’ he says.
‘‘I’m really angry about that. I called her yesterday and said, ‘Why did you do that? I was right all along. I should have been watching The Simpsons.
‘‘I don’t know much about pop culture, so (I thought) my team’s going to lose every week.’’
Though he is underselling himself, the 21-year-old comedian (below) does have some stiff opposition.
Representing the Baby Boomers on the intergenerational general knowledge show is Amanda Keller, and Charlie Pickering represents Generation X. Each week the three team captains are joined by a guest from their generation.
Host Shaun Micallef then bombards them with questions and games to find out which generation rules the roost.
‘‘I’m surprised sometimes when I know something, but it’s usually five seconds after Charlie,’’ Thomas says with his trademark whine.
What surprises him is why an insecure, pop-culture failure such as himself was picked to do the show.
The main problem Thomas says he faces is what he’ll do next.
‘‘I have no other option, no other skills. I’d (otherwise) be on the dole,’’ he says. ‘‘I’m not good at computer games. I can’t draw. I’m not good at maths. I’m not socially comfortable to work in customer service. I have nothing.
‘‘As a stand-up comedian I can talk to large groups of people about genitals confidently and when I say the word vagina it’s hilarious. But that really is it.’’
So far that’s been working out all right, he says. ‘‘When this stops, I’m like 21 and I’ll have like another 60 years to fill in or something. I have no idea what I’m going to do when I’m 40.’’