Game-show pan­el­list asks Y him

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Out Of The Box - GE­OFF SHEARER

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.’’

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