Tom Rasmussen

Author / Journalist / Screenwriter / Actor / Performer / Presenter

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Tom is a northerner living in South East London. After a pit-stop via New York illegally pulling in cash beneath any table available, they came back to London with dreams of being a writer. And, after picking up an editor of a notable online blogging platform while selling spiced cider on an East London stall, they published their first piece of online writing and officially became a ‘writer’.

Tom is now a freelance journalist, Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, columnist at Refinery29 and co-founder and editor of Cause & Effect Magazine.

Their journalistic work focuses on queerness, class and community. Tom is also a singer in drag band Denim, and forms half of the queer performance duo ACM

Tom is adapting the memoir for television with Wildcard Films. 

Their next book, called FIRST COMES LOVE, will be published in 2021 by Bloomsbury. 

 

Latest Publication: 

DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN - Ebury Press - 2019 

Published by Farr, Straus & Giroux (US) in 2020. 

Northern, working-class and shagging men three times her age, Crystal writes candidly about her search for ‘the one’; sleeping with a VIP in an attempt to become a world famous journalist; getting hired and fired by a well-known fashion magazine; being torn between losing weight and gorging on KFC; and her need for constant sexual satisfaction (and where that takes her).

Charting her day-to-day adventures over the course of a year, we encounter tucks, twists and sucks, heinous overspending and endless nights spent sprinting from problem to problem in a full face of make-up. 

This is a place where the previously unspeakable becomes the commendable – a unique portrayal of the queer experience.

Praise;

“Diary Of A Drag Queen Is A Heartfelt Memoir Of Queerness and Non-Conformity” - British Vogue ​

"gloriously outrageous... Soul-baring, shamelessly explicit, and wickedly funny, Rasmussen's relentlessly entertaining book gets beneath the glitter and drama of drag to reveal how a practice often dismissed as misogynistic can serve as a kind of salvation for many nonbinary people... A sharp-eyed and hilarious memoir." - Kirkus

"The book on everyone's desk at Glamour HQ right now ... hilarious...  [It is] a unique portrayal of the queer experience and we're so here for it." - Glamour

"It’s about late nights, breakups, it’s about sex, love, violence, pain, and the euphoria only people who’ve ever been on the outside come to feel when they finally discover what’s inside — both in a community and in themselves... real, hilarious [and] deeply moving." - LOVE Magazine

"[M]oments of heart-stopping poignancy... truthful, revealing and obscenely hilarious... Strident and unapologetic but really sweet, too." - Attitude

"[A] riotous portrayal of the contemporary queer experience." - Dazed

"Everyone is going to die, it’s so funny, warm, loving, beautifully written. A complete page-turner... A proud voice for the non-binary community." - Gay Times 

"Love, LOVE this book. It is so human and sweet and SO RUDE" - Marina and the Diamonds

"Hilarious, deeply moving, uplifting, daring, and unflinchingly honest" - Amrou Al-Kadhi

Film, TV & Theatre

Tom recently took their show CRYSTAL RAMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME,VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT) LIVE! to the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They took the show to the Soho Theatre for a sell-out run in late 2018. Reviews:

“Crystal Rasmussen gives a bold, brave performance. It is a true privilege to witness their naked body wiggling and writhing in this dark Cowgate ally.” ✭✭✭✭✭ Ed Fest Magazine 

“This is the most affirmative, queer-positive show you will see and it does it with club anthems, a light-up storybook and a fabulous queen with a heart as huge and beautiful as her voice.” ✭✭✭✭✭ The Scotsman

“From the hour, it’s hard to choose a favourite moment, there are so many highlights. What has remained with me the most are the sultry vocals, the sensual/absurd bath in the paddling pool…and the honest storytelling from Crystal’s bible- her life, the ups and downs of what it means to embrace yourself and remove shame.” ✭✭✭✭✭ Snack

"Crystal Rasmussen presents The Bible 2 delights in its high camp comedy and cleverly interpreted musical numbers, but its most impressive asset is its heart and poignancy. Tom's discussion of the queer experience and his personal journey will undoubtedly resonate with many, providing an absorbing, optimistic and cathartic emotional journey." ✭✭✭✭  Culture Fix

“The beguiling Crystal Rasmussen strikes it out on her own in this solo show that transitions seamlessly – almost imperceptibly, at times – between Crystal's origins and that of Tom, their real-life persona.” ✭✭✭✭ The List

“Drag cabaret with a twist, it offers moments that punch you in the gut and others so uplifting this reviewer got goosebumps, particularly when Rasmussen sings; their voice is astonishing.” ✭✭✭✭ Three Weeks

They host Comedy Central's hit online series, DRAGONY AUNTS. The first series is available now and a second series is to come. 

Tom could be seen performing a heart-wrenching rendition of the song Proud in the award-winning episode of celebratory' LGBTQI+ Pride episode of EASTENDERS in 2019.

Tom is a northerner living in South East London. After a pit-stop via New York illegally pulling in cash beneath any table available, they came back to London with dreams of being a writer. And, after picking up an editor of a notable online blogging platform while selling spiced cider on an East London stall, they published their first piece of online writing and officially became a ‘writer’.

Tom is now a freelance journalist, Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, columnist at Refinery29 and co-founder and editor of Cause & Effect Magazine.

Their journalistic work focuses on queerness, class and community. Tom is also a singer in drag band Denim, and forms half of the queer performance duo ACM. 

THE DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN was published in the UK by Ebury in February 2019, and by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in North America. Tom is adapting their memoir for television with Wildcard Films.

 
Crystal Rasmussen OBE. The term ‘global phenomenon’ was termed by the OED about her. Known by the world to be unimaginably wealthy. Known by her friends to be interminably broke. She’s almost offensively talented and is a quintuple threat: she can sing, dance, act, model and holds the worldwide record for author most nominated for the Nobel Prize, as well as holding the title for most hot-dogs eaten in ten minutes (totalling 58).

 

Her famed books include: “You are what you eat, and Crystal is a Diamond”, “Jogging in Uggs, limping in heels”, “Riverside Chaucer”, and the popular gift book “The Book of Big Penis”, a work the queen is particularly proud of, which was deftly described by the LRB as a “softly aching novel of true profundity, and which is taught in A-Level syllabi around the world.”

She is part of the drag girl band Denim, with reviews that include “makes Beyonce sound like a mewling kitten”, and “Crystal’s tired vocals needed taking down a semitone… or an octave.”

Presenting

Tom recently took their show CRYSTAL RAMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME,VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT) LIVE! to the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They took the show to the Soho Theatre for a sell-out run in late 2018. Reviews:

“Crystal Rasmussen gives a bold, brave performance. It is a true privilege to witness their naked body wiggling and writhing in this dark Cowgate ally.” ✭✭✭✭✭ Ed Fest Magazine 

“This is the most affirmative, queer-positive show you will see and it does it with club anthems, a light-up storybook and a fabulous queen with a heart as huge and beautiful as her voice.” ✭✭✭✭✭ The Scotsman

“From the hour, it’s hard to choose a favourite moment, there are so many highlights. What has remained with me the most are the sultry vocals, the sensual/absurd bath in the paddling pool…and the honest storytelling from Crystal’s bible- her life, the ups and downs of what it means to embrace yourself and remove shame.” ✭✭✭✭✭ Snack

"Crystal Rasmussen presents The Bible 2 delights in its high camp comedy and cleverly interpreted musical numbers, but its most impressive asset is its heart and poignancy. Tom's discussion of the queer experience and his personal journey will undoubtedly resonate with many, providing an absorbing, optimistic and cathartic emotional journey." ✭✭✭✭  Culture Fix

“The beguiling Crystal Rasmussen strikes it out on her own in this solo show that transitions seamlessly – almost imperceptibly, at times – between Crystal's origins and that of Tom, their real-life persona.” ✭✭✭✭ The List

“Drag cabaret with a twist, it offers moments that punch you in the gut and others so uplifting this reviewer got goosebumps, particularly when Rasmussen sings; their voice is astonishing.” ✭✭✭✭ Three Weeks

They host Comedy Central's hit online series, DRAGONY AUNTS. The first series is available now and a second series is to come. 

Tom could be seen performing a heart-wrenching rendition of the song Proud in the award-winning episode of celebratory' LGBTQI+ Pride episode of EASTENDERS in 2019.

Tom is a northerner living in South East London. After a pit-stop via New York illegally pulling in cash beneath any table available, they came back to London with dreams of being a writer. And, after picking up an editor of a notable online blogging platform while selling spiced cider on an East London stall, they published their first piece of online writing and officially became a ‘writer’.

Tom is now a freelance journalist, Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, columnist at Refinery29 and co-founder and editor of Cause & Effect Magazine.

Their journalistic work focuses on queerness, class and community. Tom is also a singer in drag band Denim, and forms half of the queer performance duo ACM. 

THE DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN was published in the UK by Ebury in February 2019, and by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in North America. Tom is adapting their memoir for television with Wildcard Films.

 
Crystal Rasmussen OBE. The term ‘global phenomenon’ was termed by the OED about her. Known by the world to be unimaginably wealthy. Known by her friends to be interminably broke. She’s almost offensively talented and is a quintuple threat: she can sing, dance, act, model and holds the worldwide record for author most nominated for the Nobel Prize, as well as holding the title for most hot-dogs eaten in ten minutes (totalling 58).

 

Her famed books include: “You are what you eat, and Crystal is a Diamond”, “Jogging in Uggs, limping in heels”, “Riverside Chaucer”, and the popular gift book “The Book of Big Penis”, a work the queen is particularly proud of, which was deftly described by the LRB as a “softly aching novel of true profundity, and which is taught in A-Level syllabi around the world.”

She is part of the drag girl band Denim, with reviews that include “makes Beyonce sound like a mewling kitten”, and “Crystal’s tired vocals needed taking down a semitone… or an octave.”

Acting

Tom recently took their show CRYSTAL RAMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME,VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT) LIVE! to the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They took the show to the Soho Theatre for a sell-out run in late 2018. Reviews:

“Crystal Rasmussen gives a bold, brave performance. It is a true privilege to witness their naked body wiggling and writhing in this dark Cowgate ally.” ✭✭✭✭✭ Ed Fest Magazine 

“This is the most affirmative, queer-positive show you will see and it does it with club anthems, a light-up storybook and a fabulous queen with a heart as huge and beautiful as her voice.” ✭✭✭✭✭ The Scotsman

“From the hour, it’s hard to choose a favourite moment, there are so many highlights. What has remained with me the most are the sultry vocals, the sensual/absurd bath in the paddling pool…and the honest storytelling from Crystal’s bible- her life, the ups and downs of what it means to embrace yourself and remove shame.” ✭✭✭✭✭ Snack

"Crystal Rasmussen presents The Bible 2 delights in its high camp comedy and cleverly interpreted musical numbers, but its most impressive asset is its heart and poignancy. Tom's discussion of the queer experience and his personal journey will undoubtedly resonate with many, providing an absorbing, optimistic and cathartic emotional journey." ✭✭✭✭  Culture Fix

“The beguiling Crystal Rasmussen strikes it out on her own in this solo show that transitions seamlessly – almost imperceptibly, at times – between Crystal's origins and that of Tom, their real-life persona.” ✭✭✭✭ The List

“Drag cabaret with a twist, it offers moments that punch you in the gut and others so uplifting this reviewer got goosebumps, particularly when Rasmussen sings; their voice is astonishing.” ✭✭✭✭ Three Weeks

They host Comedy Central's hit online series, DRAGONY AUNTS. The first series is available now and a second series is to come. 

Tom could be seen performing a heart-wrenching rendition of the song Proud in the award-winning episode of celebratory' LGBTQI+ Pride episode of EASTENDERS in 2019.

Tom is a northerner living in South East London. After a pit-stop via New York illegally pulling in cash beneath any table available, they came back to London with dreams of being a writer. And, after picking up an editor of a notable online blogging platform while selling spiced cider on an East London stall, they published their first piece of online writing and officially became a ‘writer’.

Tom is now a freelance journalist, Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, columnist at Refinery29 and co-founder and editor of Cause & Effect Magazine.

Their journalistic work focuses on queerness, class and community. Tom is also a singer in drag band Denim, and forms half of the queer performance duo ACM. 

THE DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN was published in the UK by Ebury in February 2019, and by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in North America. Tom is adapting their memoir for television with Wildcard Films.

 
Crystal Rasmussen OBE. The term ‘global phenomenon’ was termed by the OED about her. Known by the world to be unimaginably wealthy. Known by her friends to be interminably broke. She’s almost offensively talented and is a quintuple threat: she can sing, dance, act, model and holds the worldwide record for author most nominated for the Nobel Prize, as well as holding the title for most hot-dogs eaten in ten minutes (totalling 58).

 

Her famed books include: “You are what you eat, and Crystal is a Diamond”, “Jogging in Uggs, limping in heels”, “Riverside Chaucer”, and the popular gift book “The Book of Big Penis”, a work the queen is particularly proud of, which was deftly described by the LRB as a “softly aching novel of true profundity, and which is taught in A-Level syllabi around the world.”

She is part of the drag girl band Denim, with reviews that include “makes Beyonce sound like a mewling kitten”, and “Crystal’s tired vocals needed taking down a semitone… or an octave.”

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