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Tom Rhodes Smart Camp

Tom Rhodes Smart Camp is a festival of ideas, knowledge, stories, books & adventures. 

I have been a comedian for more than 39 years. I travel the world doing comedy. 
Whenever I can I will share my adventures with you on this Tom Rhodes Smart Camp podcast.

My amazing creative partner and ex-wife Ashna is my best friend. We are a mom & pop business and with her help I will putting out these episodes with all the wisdom I have gained in my life and telling you all of my greatest adventures while traveling the world. 

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Jun 6, 2024

Tom sits down with comedian Ric Diez. Ric, originally from Spain but now living in Brussels, recently performed at the Netflix is a Joke festival at the Kia Forum in LA, a venue that has hosted legends like Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin. Despite initial nerves, Ric managed to win over a tough crowd that had been booing many performers, although he didn't clinch the win against fellow comedian Hans Kim.

Ric shares his journey into comedy, which started relatively late at 42 while living in Asia. He talks about his experience performing in different countries, noting how different cultures react to his material, especially his dark humor. Ric discusses his background in Brussels and his connections to Los Angeles, where his father worked as a prop master in the film industry.

The conversation delves into the challenges of making a living as a comedian, the importance of writing strong material, and the struggle to maintain creative joy amidst personal and professional obstacles. The episode concludes with a discussion on the contrasts between living in different parts of the world and the universal human experiences that bind us all. 

Hooray for humanity!

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Tom Rhodes Smart Camp is a festival of ideas, knowledge, stories, books & adventures.

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I have been a comedian for more than 40 years. I travel the world, performing comedy. Exploring diverse cultures and connecting with people from all walks of life while doing comedy is at the heart of my journey. Whenever I can, I'll share my adventures and a global perspective with you on this podcast.


Ashna, Dutch artist, photographer, and my ex-wife, is my best friend and she's an essential part of the Rhodesies production team. We've traveled the world together for 8 years. With her background in cognitive psychology and her passion for philosophy and the arts, Ashna shares her unique European perspective.