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Taskmaster series 12
« on: May 20, 2021, 01:36:36 PM »
Alan Davies
Desiree Burch
Guz Khan
Morgana Robinson
Victoria Coren Mitchell

https://www.nme.com/news/tv/taskmaster-announces-contestants-for-series-12-line-up-2944819

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2021, 01:45:44 PM »
Oh my God.  VCM!!

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2021, 01:49:51 PM »
Guz Khan and Morgana should be good. I don't really know Desiree Burch.

Not particularly keen on the other two, but they could be good on this I suppose.

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Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2021, 01:55:31 PM »
I know two of them, dont know two of them, and dislike one of them. Pretty happy with that, to be honest.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2021, 02:14:09 PM »
I see the NME have taken it down now, but if true my thoughts are:

Alan Davies - Ugh, can't stand him, my only hope is that he'll be so shit that everyone will mock him ala Baddiel.

Desiree Burch - First saw her when she was part of the theatrical group "The Dirty Thirty" who put on short monologues in sixty minutes, and she was really great. The half hour stand up show that she did for the BBC was weak though, so while not unhappy about her inclusion I'm not excited.

Guz Khan - I'm seemingly a massive racist as I've never seen any of his work unfortunately.

Morgana Robinson - I kind of like her, and did see her do her Natalie Cassidy impersonation live while hosting a mixed bill back in 2019, which was reasonably amusing, so hopefully she'll be fun.

Victoria Coren Mitchell - I only know her due to her book with Charlie Shelton, Once More With Feeling, and a couple of panel show appearances but again I'm cautiously optimistic she'll be fun.

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Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2021, 02:17:52 PM »
This is the first time women have outnumbered men isn't it?

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2021, 02:20:39 PM »
This could be the series with the most kick-back against Greg in the studio.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2021, 02:21:12 PM »
This is the first time women have outnumbered men isn't it?
No - Jo, Rose & Katy in nine.

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Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2021, 02:24:53 PM »
This is fine, I think we could do with a fallow year

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2021, 02:54:43 PM »
I dunno the overlap of task filmings / studio recordings when it comes to making series back-to-back.  But, when the series 11 contestants were being guessed I was convinced Guz Khan was one of them (due to some Taskmaster-adjacent shenanigans), obviously I was a little premature but some similar shenanigans recently would make me guess Kemah Bob will be part of the next bunch.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2021, 03:04:10 PM »
Looks like the NME broke an embargo.

It doesn’t strike me as a classic lineup, but Morgana’s got funny bones and Victoria Coren Mitchell seems very different to everyone they’ve had on before (is she the first person they’ve had on who’s never done any comedy performing or writing? Panel shows don’t count) which I think is a positive.

The other three leave me cold, though at least Desiree and Guz have a bit of energy. Alan Davies would’ve been near the bottom of my list but thank god he’s not Russell Kane, who had been rumoured.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2021, 03:10:46 PM »
(is she the first person they’ve had on who’s never done any comedy performing or writing? Panel shows don’t count)

Richard Osman?

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2021, 03:16:39 PM »
Richard Osman?

He created Boyz Unlimited with Matt Lucas and David Walliams. I suppose Alice Levine is the most non-comedy person they've had on before, especially if you treat My Dad Wrote a Porno with the same contempt that I do.

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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2021, 03:20:01 PM »
Victoria Coren Mitchell seems very different to everyone they’ve had on before (is she the first person they’ve had on who’s never done any comedy performing or writing? Panel shows don’t count)

She used to do stand-up, albeit a very long time ago.  A couple of months ago I saw a YouTube clip of her doing so in her late-teens/early-20s.  (EDIT: Which I can't find now, before anybody asks.)

She also co-writes the (sometimes allegedly) funny intros & outros on Only Connect.
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Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2021, 03:26:16 PM »
Yeah I wouldn't really consider VCM to be specifically *not* in comedy, even if she is only tangentially. Heresy was somewhere between comedy and discussion anyway, and she was great on that.

Her and Guz Khan should be good fun. I find Alan Davies a bit annoying (and, perhaps unfairly, find it difficult to view him as the harmless dope from QI because of some story I vaguely remember of him biting a tramp years ago). Don't know much about Morgana beyond her impressions, and Desiree Burch is ok. One of those series that will live or die on the chemistry I guess - it's not a line-up that excites me, but there's no one on it that I really dislike either.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2021, 03:30:17 PM »
I actually think the whole lineup is pretty good, but then I don't share the hatred of Alan Davies that so many round here seem to have.

I only know Desiree Burch from her appearances on The Mash Report, but she was pretty amusing then, e.g. here.

Can't stand Morgana Robinson's Natalie Cassidy impression, I think it's pointlessly cruel, but I once saw her do stuff out of that character and it seemed quite good.

Guz Khan is the one I know least about, but have a vaguely good impression of him.  Apparently he did a Live at the Apollo once, maybe that's where I have that from.

VCM is god.  She'll be brilliant on anything that requires intellect; will be interesting to see how she does on the more physical tasks.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2021, 03:31:38 PM »
She used to do stand-up, albeit a very long time ago.  A couple of months ago I saw a YouTube clip of her doing so in her late-teens/early-20s.

Curiosity got the better of me: https://youtu.be/vZs34oowi2A?t=1428

I know there were some strange youth-oriented shows in the early 90's, but that's certainly an oddity.

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Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2021, 03:33:41 PM »
I think her and Natalie Cassidy are friends? Might be misremembering, I know she is friends with one of the people she impersonates but it might be Fearne Cotton (who she also impersonates brilliantly).


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Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2021, 03:34:41 PM »
Curiosity got the better of me: https://youtu.be/vZs34oowi2A?t=1428

I know there were some strange youth-oriented shows in the early 90's, but that's certainly an oddity.

Isn't it weird how her persona there is more or less the same as it is now, and yet it comes across so cringy because of her youth. I couldn't cope with more than 30 seconds or so, and I think VCM is great.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2021, 03:38:06 PM »
Curiosity got the better of me: https://youtu.be/vZs34oowi2A?t=1428

Ooooh, thanks for that!  That's not the clip I saw... however same outfit and same stage, so clearly a different snippet of the same gig.  This bit was funnier, it has to be said.

She would have been 19 or 20 at that time.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2021, 03:40:23 PM »
Curiosity got the better of me: https://youtu.be/vZs34oowi2A?t=1428

I know there were some strange youth-oriented shows in the early 90's, but that's certainly an oddity.

Oh that’s a great find. And thanks Ambient Sheep - I stand corrected.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2021, 03:40:54 PM »
is she the first person they’ve had on who’s never done any comedy performing or writing

Baddiel?

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2021, 03:41:31 PM »
Isn't Robinson married to Baddiel?

Can't stand AD. Can't stand VCM. At least there are no Russells.

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« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2021, 03:42:28 PM »
Isn't Robinson married to Baddiel?

Nope

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2021, 03:44:20 PM »

is she the first person they’ve had on who’s never done any comedy performing or writing?

Alice Levine and Liza Tarbuck?

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2021, 03:46:47 PM »
Nope

Just realised I've had Morganna and Morwenna confused for
several years several years.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2021, 03:51:35 PM »
Alice Levine and Liza Tarbuck?
Tarbuck performs - she was in that sitcom within Extras.

Never seen his sitcom, but based on Guz Kahn’s chat on Buxton’s podcast he should be good fun.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2021, 03:51:54 PM »
Alice Levine and Liza Tarbuck?

Yeah, I was classing My Dad Wrote a Porno as comedy but I suppose it's no different to me initially ruling out VCM because I (incorrectly) thought her only comedy was experience was on panel shows.

Liza Tarbuck's been in loads of sitcoms though: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0850337/

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2021, 03:58:07 PM »
Liza Tarbuck wrote a book recently which looks low-effort but is supposed to be amusing, as well as vast amounts of comic acting.

VCM is going to be really annoying and argumentative, which might be amusing, but also I imagine won't be very good at the challenges, mainly because she doesn't really exist on the same planet as most of the human race.

I quite like Alan Davies, and also imagine him being very bad at it but making a lot of apologetic faces. Just as long as he doesn't kill any puppies.

I'd put my money on Tarbuck to win.

Re: Taskmaster series 12
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2021, 04:44:50 PM »
it looks like a good lineup!

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