Tom Rasmussen

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Tom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, drag queen and more. Growing up in Lancashire and moving to London to write, Tom's memoir DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN has been published in the UK (Ebury) and US (FSG) to a rave New Yorker review, and Tom is currently adapting it for television with Wildcard Films. Tom brought the pages of their memoir to life in their solo drag show CRYSTAL RASMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME, VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT), which ran at the Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre, becoming one of the top twenty best reviewed shows of the Fringe 2019. Crystal Rasmussen hosts a hit Comedy Central online series DRAGONY AUNTS, and has starred in the ever iconic Eastenders. As well as developing other television series with Pulse Films, South Of The River, BBC Studios and Kudos, Tom's also a Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, and contributor to the Guardian, the Independent and GAY TIMES. 

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/Crystal Rasmussen is an author, journalist, screenwriter, drag queen and more. Growing up in Lancashire and moving to London to write, Crystal's memoir DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN has been published in the UK (Ebury) and US (FSG) to a rave New Yorker review, and they are currently adapting it for television with Wildcard Films.

 

Tom brought the pages of their memoir to life in their solo drag show CRYSTAL RASMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME, VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT), which ran at the Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre, becoming one of the top twenty best reviewed shows of the Fringe 2019.

 

Crystal Rasmussen hosts the hit Comedy Central online series, DRAGONY AUNTS, and has starred in the ever-iconic Eastenders.

 

As well as developing other television series with Pulse Films, South Of The River, BBC Studios and Kudos, Tom's also a Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, and contributor to the Guardian, the Independent and GAY TIMES. Their second book FIRST COMES LOVE will be published by Bloomsbury in Summer 2021. 

 

 

Reviews for CRYSTAL RASMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME, VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT):

“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. 

 

Praise for DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN:

“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

Presenting

Tom/Crystal Rasmussen is an author, journalist, screenwriter, drag queen and more. Growing up in Lancashire and moving to London to write, Crystal's memoir DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN has been published in the UK (Ebury) and US (FSG) to a rave New Yorker review, and they are currently adapting it for television with Wildcard Films.

 

Tom brought the pages of their memoir to life in their solo drag show CRYSTAL RASMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME, VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT), which ran at the Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre, becoming one of the top twenty best reviewed shows of the Fringe 2019.

 

Crystal Rasmussen hosts the hit Comedy Central online series, DRAGONY AUNTS, and has starred in the ever-iconic Eastenders.

 

As well as developing other television series with Pulse Films, South Of The River, BBC Studios and Kudos, Tom's also a Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, and contributor to the Guardian, the Independent and GAY TIMES. Their second book FIRST COMES LOVE will be published by Bloomsbury in Summer 2021. 

 

 

Reviews for CRYSTAL RASMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME, VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT):

“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. 

 

Praise for DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN:

“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-Kadh

Acting

Tom/Crystal Rasmussen is an author, journalist, screenwriter, drag queen and more. Growing up in Lancashire and moving to London to write, Crystal's memoir DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN has been published in the UK (Ebury) and US (FSG) to a rave New Yorker review, and they are currently adapting it for television with Wildcard Films.

 

Tom brought the pages of their memoir to life in their solo drag show CRYSTAL RASMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME, VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT), which ran at the Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre, becoming one of the top twenty best reviewed shows of the Fringe 2019.

 

Crystal Rasmussen hosts the hit Comedy Central online series, DRAGONY AUNTS, and has starred in the ever-iconic Eastenders.

 

As well as developing other television series with Pulse Films, South Of The River, BBC Studios and Kudos, Tom's also a Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, and contributor to the Guardian, the Independent and GAY TIMES. Their second book FIRST COMES LOVE will be published by Bloomsbury in Summer 2021. 

 

 

Reviews for CRYSTAL RASMUSSEN PRESENTS THE BIBLE 2 (PLUS A CURE FOR SHAME, VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL AND ATHLETE'S FOOT):

“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. 

 

Praise for DIARY OF A DRAG QUEEN:

“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-Kadh

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