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Title: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on February 22, 2018, 10:17:37 AM
Casting news:

Alice Levine
Asim Chaudhry
Liza Tarbuck
Russell Howard
Tim Vine

Ten episodes this time, and four more series (including this one) have already been commissioned.

More here: http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/02/21/39194/taskmaster_gets_four_new_series

Tickets not available yet, but when they are they'll be here: http://www.tvrecordings.com/shows/view/294

Excited to see Chabuddy on the show.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Gregory Torso on February 22, 2018, 10:27:17 AM

Tim Vine


I hope there's a "pen behind the ear" task


Alice Levine
Asim Chaudhry


I have to admit I've not heard of these two before.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: batwings on February 22, 2018, 10:41:05 AM
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Chortle understands James Acaster is lined up for a future series.

Fantastic.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Bad Ambassador on February 22, 2018, 10:42:54 AM
I hope there's a "pen behind the ear" task

I have to admit I've not heard of these two before.

Levine is a TV presenter and Radio 1 DJ who was on QI last month.

Chaudhry was in People Just Do Nothing and Hoff the Record.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on February 22, 2018, 10:54:58 AM
I hadn't heard of those two either, thanks.

I must admit at first glance I'm not mad on the lineup but I will reserve judgement til it's aired when I'm sure it will be brilliant like the others.

I'm really glad it's got at least another four series lined up.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: RedRevolver on February 22, 2018, 01:13:16 PM
Wasn't keen until I realised who Asim is, then it balanced out. Asim, pretty fucking funny, Liza Tarbuck and Russell will be fun, Alice Levine isn't a comedian (imo), rather, a friend to comedians and from experience is woefully lacking in being autonomously funny.

Tim Vine is an odd man, how much fun he turns out to be in this setup is but a mystery.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Bogbrainedmurphy on February 22, 2018, 02:53:45 PM
Chuffin brilliant!

So perhaps 4 more series then a Champion Of Champions thing with the 4 winners plus Widdicombe?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Seagullsim on February 22, 2018, 03:59:30 PM
Alice Levine has got quite a lot of publicity from the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast - I imagine she'll be the 'likeable but dim' one in the series. Not overly excited about the others - Tim Vine becomes tiresome quickly, and I only know Asim from his character. Russell Howard should be good though.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: vainsharpdad on February 22, 2018, 07:53:42 PM
Uninspired by that cast.

Keen to see Acaster - I'd also quite like to see Richard Herring on this.
Trying to think who else might be good without going down the obvious David Mitchell-style route.

Jenny Eclair?  Jack Dee? Ross Noble?

(I wonder how long until the inevitable arrival of Shappi Khorsandi ?)

Also - I still want them to do a losers of losers edition to balance out the champions of champions.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: biggytitbo on February 22, 2018, 09:16:22 PM
Give Eddie Large a crack at it please.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Seagullsim on February 22, 2018, 11:51:51 PM
Sofie Hagen could be great on this, as could John Robins. I'd personally like to see Jason Manford or David Baddiel too - they could add something to the group.

If they're starting to use comic actors as well as comedians, Stephen Merchant, Nick Frost, Sharon Horgan, Ruth Jones, or Rhod Gilbert would be fantastic.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on February 23, 2018, 12:03:19 AM
Two people I like, two people I've never heard of and one I dislike. I'll take those odds, should be a good series. I think the format is strong enough overcome one or two dodgy guests and still be an overall enjoyable show.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: imitationleather on February 23, 2018, 12:10:35 AM
I'll reserve judgement until I see it, but cuck is not up like it was when I saw the s5 line-up. A few names on this new one I'm extremely wary of.

An appalling line-up kills this show stone dead. I've still never made it to the end of s4 as there's just far too many people on there who really are not funny at all.

Very pleased we're getting four more runs of this, anyway. Can't wait for the James Acaster one!
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Autopsy Turvey on February 23, 2018, 12:18:36 AM
I just wish it had been going in the 1970s, when you could have had Viv Stanshall, Keith Moon, Peter Cook, Graham Chapman and Rita Webb.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: kittens on February 23, 2018, 10:00:11 AM
russel howard oh no. i hate russel howard. i guess i hated noel fielding too but he was pretty much fine. but russel howard, i hate russel howard. i hate russel howard. i hate russel howard.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on February 23, 2018, 10:14:47 AM
Not too keen on Russell Howard's material, but he seems like a decent enough bloke (which is probably more important on TM).
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Gregory Torso on February 23, 2018, 10:17:08 AM
Not too keen on Russell Howard's material, but he seems like a decent enough bloke (which is probably more important on TM).

Kind of how I feel, too. Taskmaster has a way of taking shit comedians and just letting them be themselves which usually reveals some quite charming or personal aspects to people that you previously thought were wankers.

In fact, I'd say in every series there's been someone who I've thought "Oh God not that dickhead" and they've turned out alright.


Except for Josh Widdicombe.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wet Blanket on February 23, 2018, 10:44:01 AM
Kind of how I feel, too. Taskmaster has a way of taking shit comedians and just letting them be themselves which usually reveals some quite charming or personal aspects to people that you previously thought were wankers.


Yeah this, it's a great format for making comics abandon their personas. Tim Vine might be interesting. Harry Hill would be a good panellist. So would Limmy and Adam Buxton.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Hat FM on February 23, 2018, 11:51:03 AM
jeez. how has buckles not been on this yet?!
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: gilbertharding on February 23, 2018, 12:29:36 PM
Yeah this, it's a great format for making comics abandon their personas. Tim Vine might be interesting. Harry Hill would be a good panellist. So would Limmy and Adam Buxton.

Re Harry Hill, and abandoning his persona... probably another thread, but I remember his Room 101 appearance (Paul Merton era?) and it was awful for this reason.

He was there, with his big collar, and the glasses, and the pens in the pocket, but all his gripes with the modern world were obviously the things which the actor Matthew Hall didn't like. The reason why became obvious in the shots which showed he was wearing ordinary brown leather shoes on his feet.

I fear 'Harry Hill' couldn't exist in Taskmaster world - we'd see far too much of the actor Matthew Hall, big collar or not.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: gilbertharding on February 23, 2018, 12:30:47 PM
I could probably just google this, but is American Taskmaster going to be on Dave any time soon?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wet Blanket on February 23, 2018, 01:01:45 PM
I fear 'Harry Hill' couldn't exist in Taskmaster world - we'd see far too much of the actor Matthew Hall, big collar or not.

Yeah but that's what I want. I like how Taskmaster reveals the comics' personalities 'out of character'. From the rare interviews I've seen with Hill he seems like an interesting and sometimes quite abrasive bloke. I'd like to see him do Richard Herring's podcast too, for the same reason. (In fact I'm surprised he hasn't already, as he seems to have been mates with Lee and Herring in their early days)
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on February 23, 2018, 04:07:06 PM
I could probably just google this, but is American Taskmaster going to be on Dave any time soon?

I think Alex Horne said on his podcast that its been filmed, he doesnt know when its airing and he hasnt been paid yet. Of course his podcast is very silly so I may have got it wrong but there does seem to be little news about it. Maybe the pairing with Reggie Watts didnt quite work, the releationship between Greg and Alex is a big reason for the shows success.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Hat FM on February 23, 2018, 04:27:32 PM
imagine richard herring on it. he would probably just start talking about his carbon monoxide meter or that time he had a fight with a postman during a task.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Gwen Taylor on ITV on February 23, 2018, 04:43:03 PM
The time he went on HIGNFY during his Hitler moustache show and it was clearly killing him that no one was bringing it up.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Dr Funke on February 24, 2018, 08:04:26 AM
Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taskmaster-series-6-tickets-43344829552
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Sin Agog on March 22, 2018, 11:08:15 AM
Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taskmaster-series-6-tickets-43344829552

Got three of these for a few days time (belated cheers for the Eventbrite link, Funke!).  Anyone remember which of the many TM threads had that guide for how early to get there etc.?  Cheers.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 22, 2018, 12:12:52 PM

An appalling line-up kills this show stone dead. I've still never made it to the end of s4 as there's just far too many people on there who really are not funny at all.

I love series 4, the variety of personalities and tasks works really well. Funny old world, eh?

Re: the US version, I don't like Reggie Watts at all; although I'll give it a go, hopefully the chemistry will work.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: WestHill on March 24, 2018, 07:40:42 AM
Got three of these for a few days time (belated cheers for the Eventbrite link, Funke!).  Anyone remember which of the many TM threads had that guide for how early to get there etc.?  Cheers.

I had tickets for the last series, arrived at 6:30/45, and although we made it into the tent, we just missed getting in. They offered us priority tickets, so we can jump queue this time.

My advice would be either get there for 5:30/6:00, or go with the intention of playing a long game and getting guaranteed tickets for the next series.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wayman C. McCreery on March 24, 2018, 08:00:52 AM
Trailer for the US version: https://twitter.com/comedycentral/status/977229090863374342
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Hemulen on March 26, 2018, 12:05:11 PM
Trailer for the US version: https://twitter.com/comedycentral/status/977229090863374342

Hmm. If you ignore the tongue in cheek reality TV voiceover nonsense it looks as though they've not really dicked around with the format, which is a good sign. Not sure this is a great way to promote it though...
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: imitationleather on March 26, 2018, 12:13:09 PM
Hmm. If you ignore the tongue in cheek reality TV voiceover nonsense it looks as though they've not really dicked around with the format, which is a good sign. Not sure this is a great way to promote it though...

It reminded me of how the US Whose Lines Is It Anyway? would be at pains to stress that the points don't matter and that it was being played for laughs, incase anyone took the scoring to be completely serious. As long as it's just in the trailer and doesn't seep into the actual programme it's fine. Wouldn't show that clip to someone to sell the show to them, though. Although the ads on Dave never made it look that appealing. I think it's a concept that's hard to explain why it's good in a short advert.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Hemulen on March 26, 2018, 12:24:13 PM
It reminded me of how the US Whose Lines Is It Anyway? would be at pains to stress that the points don't matter and that it was being played for laughs, incase anyone took the scoring to be completely serious.

Ugh, yeah. I'm sure actual Americans would have no difficulty understanding the basic conceit of panel shows, but American TV executives always seem to think otherwise.

I hope it takes off in the states though, as I could always do with a bit more Taskmaster in my life. There's no reason it shouldn't, really. Watching people fail to do pointless things is about as universal a comedy concept as you can get.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: remedial_gash on March 26, 2018, 10:32:50 PM
Ugh, yeah. I'm sure actual Americans would have no difficulty understanding the basic conceit of panel shows, but American TV executives always seem to think otherwise.

I hope it takes off in the states though, as I could always do with a bit more Taskmaster in my life. There's no reason it shouldn't, really. Watching people fail to do pointless things is about as universal a comedy concept as you can get.

I'm not so sure about that - the first year of 'international waters' - a maximum fun podcast blah blah two teams from diff continents - was absolutely ruined by Americans not getting  the point - even to the extent that the new and better host Dave Holmes has to explain what 'wrong but funny' means every fucking episode, and even then it seems that 70% they think it's a pub quiz (or bar trivia) . Grr!

Also everyone American on the show brings up 'at midnight' or whatever it was called and boasting about win ratios - the fucking tools.

'Do the right thing' is a much better podcast panel show when really all that matters is whether it is funny.

Sorry for going OT but US Comedians just don't seem to get it.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: cakeinmilk on March 27, 2018, 09:03:28 AM

'Do the right thing' is a much better podcast panel show when really all that matters is whether it is funny.


Minor derail but I went to a recording of Do The Right Thing (it was a double-bill with Flatshare Slamdown) and it was torturous. The regulars seemed to have no chemistry and it all just seemed really forced and awkward. Pappy's on the other hand was fantastic.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on March 27, 2018, 09:24:51 AM
Pappy's on the other hand was fantastic.

Flatshare Slamdown is always such a glorious shambles.
I love it.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Spiteface on March 27, 2018, 09:40:11 AM
Uninspired by that cast.

Keen to see Acaster - I'd also quite like to see Richard Herring on this.
Trying to think who else might be good without going down the obvious David Mitchell-style route.

Jenny Eclair?  Jack Dee? Ross Noble?

(I wonder how long until the inevitable arrival of Shappi Khorsandi ?)

Also - I still want them to do a losers of losers edition to balance out the champions of champions.

Surprised Noble hasn't been on already.

And yes to the Loser of Losers edition - in practice the most entertaining parts are sometimes the contestants who are totally crap.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: jimboslice on March 27, 2018, 10:19:11 AM
Flatshare Slamdown is always such a glorious shambles.
I love it.

I agree, it's a shame Pappy's never properly translated to telly. Maybe Matthew Crosby hiding under restaurant tables and surprising diners with quiz questions will give him the big break he deserves.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: notjosh on March 28, 2018, 04:27:53 PM
Tim Vine is an odd man, how much fun he turns out to be in this setup is but a mystery.

I reckon he'll be great. I remember enjoying a special feature on one of his DVDs which showed a week in his life and revealed him to be a peculiar, somewhat Bill-Bailey-like character who was engaged in a war of attrition with the stray cats in his garden (trying to put trespasser stickers on them). It's a #dadjoke, but I also enjoyed him yelling "handball" repeatedly whilst watching rugby.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: gilbertharding on March 28, 2018, 05:58:32 PM
Liza Tarbuck mentioned the filming of this on her Radio 2 show on Saturday. She didn't say anything of much consequence, but said she was tired from filming back-to-back episodes (presumably this means the tasks are all already 'in the can').

Apparently Greg was taking the mickey out of her for something she said a bit wrong.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on April 11, 2018, 05:55:03 PM
Can't  be arsed to start a new thread, but thought it worth a mention that Greg Davies' last tour show is now available on Netflix.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wayman C. McCreery on April 11, 2018, 08:55:27 PM
Starts on 2nd May.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Bad Ambassador on April 23, 2018, 01:04:19 PM
The US version starts this Friday 27th.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Scarymole on April 23, 2018, 01:40:39 PM
'Unseen' task from new series:
https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/taskmaster-unseen-task/watch-online/
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Twed on April 23, 2018, 01:45:28 PM
Starts on 2nd May.
The US version starts this Friday 27th.

Too much stimulation!
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on April 23, 2018, 05:51:53 PM
The US version starts this Friday 27th.

Excellent, and they seem to be showing 2 episodes per week, which to some extent mitigates the shorter episode length.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Morrison Lard on April 28, 2018, 11:24:00 AM
First two episodes of the US series are up on the usual t*rrent sites..
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on April 28, 2018, 12:30:52 PM
Guess which one I hated within 10 minutes of episode 1.
This is going to be a struggle to get through!
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on April 28, 2018, 01:46:42 PM
Reggie Watts is woefully miscast in this. And what is he doing with his accent, is it a British accent he keeps slipping in and out of or a more general well-to-do accent? Either way, it's jarring and he's no Taskmaster, way too nice and soft spoken. Gonna grow tired of hearing Lampenelli shout at Alex to suck her dick real fast but they needed someone with her personality type in charge, not on the panel.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Imperator Helvetica on April 28, 2018, 02:09:06 PM
Agreed. Watts seems way too supportive. Compare the two 'Paint a horse while on a horse' tasks - you need a Greg Davies to tell them that the painting is shit and if he saw a horse that looked like that he would shoot it.

Also disappointed they changed the opening 'Bring in and justify items' section, but maybe it was too long. With all the ads it seems amazingly short.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on April 28, 2018, 02:13:03 PM
I'm a big fan of Reggie's but yeah, it doesn't feel quite right, he's way too soft spoken and there's no real chemistry with Alex. Still, hopefully that will develop a little during the run. I enjoyed it overall though, I don't think it's going to be as good as the UK series but the format still works for me and I like most of the contestants.

Guess which one I hated within 10 minutes of episode 1.
This is going to be a struggle to get through!

Could it be Lisa by any chance?

Edit: Watched the second now and Alex is really saving this, without his interjections I'd be struggling. Starting to find Ron Funches a bit irritating too which is a shame as I was a fan of the man previously. Freddie Highmore's good value at least, Kate Berlant I was already very fond of and she's reasonably strong here, and Lisa and DJ man aren't bad either. I can't help but wish they'd managed to recruit a higher profile cast, and some of the quirkier US comics out there, but it's still a nice enough way to pass some time.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: gmoney on April 28, 2018, 03:13:51 PM
Ugh, yeah. I'm sure actual Americans would have no difficulty understanding the basic conceit of panel shows, but American TV executives always seem to think otherwise.

I've heard Marc Maron go on about his stint filming the US version of Never Mind the Buzzcocks (as a captain I think, or possibly the host) and complain it was doomed because "it's a fucking game show where no one won any fucking prizes!"
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BritishHobo on April 28, 2018, 05:18:13 PM
I didn't hate it. Most of the panel are much more likable than I expected. It hasn't felt as awkward a transfer as I thought, either. Happy to give the whole series a watch.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Twed on April 28, 2018, 08:17:05 PM
The DJ one can live in a pit. Imagine taking the item challenge thing at face value and bringing your laptop. The joke there is that it would be slightly inconvenient to replace it. Shit joke that could only pass with some banter, which this haircut that denies its host body's biological age could never muster.

Freddie needs to discover punk music or something, he's too mild to be entertaining.

Kate Berlant is the most cookie-cutter NY society hashtag resistance figure imaginable, and I don't watch Taskmaster to be irritated.

Ron adds a bit of life to the show and I should hate Lisa by all metrics but her shouting at least breaks up the tedium of it all.

There is zero chemistry between Reggie and Alex. In the opening shot it looked like Alex had realised he's made a terrible mistake.

Why did they do this? This isn't what Americans are good at, and bringing Brits into the fold doesn't fix it.

Not for me, won't be continuing.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on April 28, 2018, 10:50:40 PM
Disappointed that this is starting around the same time as the new series of the UK version. I was hoping one would help to fill in the gaps between series of the other.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: RedRevolver on April 29, 2018, 03:54:11 AM
I reckon he'll be great. I remember enjoying a special feature on one of his DVDs which showed a week in his life and revealed him to be a peculiar, somewhat Bill-Bailey-like character who was engaged in a war of attrition with the stray cats in his garden (trying to put trespasser stickers on them). It's a #dadjoke, but I also enjoyed him yelling "handball" repeatedly whilst watching rugby.

These I've not seen. I just wondered how well he'd do with the other contestants more than anything, he's a fair bit older (forgot Liza was in this so that's a moot point in and of itself). He's a fair bit more devoutly religious (forgot Asim Chaudhry was in this) but frankly, he's no Jeremy so I think, on reflection and in consideration of your comments, he's not really a mystery at all.

God, imagine a Taskmaster with Jeremy Vine and 4 of your least favourite Eggheads.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Mango Chimes on April 29, 2018, 12:43:25 PM
This thread's going to get very confusing if it's about two concurrent series.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: bloom on April 29, 2018, 11:43:15 PM
Why did they do this? This isn't what Americans are good at, and bringing Brits into the fold doesn't fix it.

Watched the first two episodes and pretty much agree with this. It's not as horrible as I thought it would be, mind, but not sure I'll be bothering with any more...
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: worldsgreatestsinner on May 02, 2018, 03:58:05 PM
First ep of s6 is available to download ahead of time.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on May 02, 2018, 08:54:10 PM
First ep of s6 is available to download ahead of time.

Get in! Downloading it now. This'll do for me, given that my aerial is buggered and there seems to be no easy way to watch Dave online live on my telly screen.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Morrison Lard on May 02, 2018, 09:07:16 PM
there seems to be no easy way to watch Dave online live on my telly screen.
The new episodes from the past couple of series
have usually been up on one of the many pirate b*y proxies the next day, gutted of adverts.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: jobotic on May 02, 2018, 09:55:35 PM
Hmm. Greg and Alex are funny but this is boring.

Russell Howard is a tedious legend isn't he?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on May 02, 2018, 10:16:47 PM
The new episodes from the past couple of series
have usually been up on one of the many pirate b*y proxies the next day, gutted of adverts.

I usually grab them directly from the uktvplay website with youtube-dl.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Utter Shit on May 03, 2018, 08:58:47 AM
Pretty boring opening episode, partially saved by Liza Tarbuck being ace.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on May 03, 2018, 09:11:28 AM
I quite liked the 'find your way back to the house' task.
Looks like Tim and Lisa will be good value. No idea who Alice is, but she seems game enough. Jury's out on the other two.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: worldsgreatestsinner on May 03, 2018, 03:33:02 PM
Yeah, not the strongest opener but Greg and Little Alex Horne were great. I've had a crush on Liza Tarbuck as long as I can remember and Alice and Tim were fun. I think Taskmaster needs contestants with a good imagination and I'm not sold on Russell or Asim.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Endicott on May 03, 2018, 03:44:05 PM
No laughs for Russel Howard's head butt? I mean I hate him as much as anyone but that was hilarious.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: lebowskibukowski on May 03, 2018, 04:07:54 PM
I have tried so hard to like this. The friends I have who I normally share a sense of humour with rate it really, really highly, but it just does nothing for me. It all just seems a bit forced. Is it something you need to stick with rather than dipping in and out of?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on May 03, 2018, 08:59:53 PM
Episode 2 is available, btw, on UKTVPlay and "elsewhere." I assume they're going to put up every episode the week before broadcast. Or maybe they won't. I guess we'll see.

Also there are some outtakes on the UKTV YouTube channel.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on May 03, 2018, 09:19:48 PM
I have tried so hard to like this. The friends I have who I normally share a sense of humour with rate it really, really highly, but it just does nothing for me. It all just seems a bit forced. Is it something you need to stick with rather than dipping in and out of?
It's definitely good to watch each series from the start as you get to know the contestants, their personalities and how they tend to approach a task, but really if it hasn't clicked with you after watching a few already then it might not be for you.

Watch series 5, the one with Bob Mortimer and Sally Philips, and if that doesn't amuse you then probably best to concede it's simply not your cup of tea.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Virgo76 on May 03, 2018, 09:38:17 PM
Episode 2 much better I think.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: chocky909 on May 03, 2018, 09:47:06 PM
Haven't seen the new UK series yet but I have just watched eps 1 and 2 of the US version. Man, it's a bit flat isn't it? Reggie Watts who I don't really know apart from some pastiche of Radiohead he does is completely lost in his role and exudes none of the charisma and authority that his role demands. Also the show has been squashed into a 22 minute format which means they never have any time to dwell on the outcome of any of the tasks. Hopefully it'll get better if it gets recommissioned but in the mean time I can't stand Lisa Lampanelli, someone whose name I'd hear in passing on US TV but never seen directly on screen. The only one I like is the black guy on the end. I'll grudgingly watch just for Alex in the states but I'm quite disappointed overall.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: worldsgreatestsinner on May 03, 2018, 11:12:32 PM
Episode 2 much better I think.

Yeah, everyone feels a lot looser and more into it. Loved the grape task.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: lebowskibukowski on May 04, 2018, 07:31:24 AM


Watch series 5, the one with Bob Mortimer and Sally Philips, and if that doesn't amuse you then probably best to concede it's simply not your cup of tea.

If I don't like the Bob Mortimer one then I should probably give up on the concept of comedy itself
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on May 04, 2018, 11:08:29 AM
I quite enjoyed the first episode of S6 but it seems to me to be a step down after the joy of Bob and Sally last series. I'm fond of Lisa and Tim, Alice might be okay, but Howard is a twat and as much as I want to like Asim, he seems to lack any flare or imagination so far. Still, early days and all that, but I do have concerns that ten episodes might be too long a run, especially with this lot.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Utter Shit on May 04, 2018, 11:17:49 AM
I can't help but think there's a lot of pre-judging Russell Howard here based on his past TV work...I don't like his tedious whimsical stand-up any more than the next person, but he was fine on this wasn't he? I mean he didn't really do anything good or bad, he was just sort of there.

I tend to agree that Asim struggled - he has clearly been put into the "guy who's crap at all the tasks" role, but usually that is someone who does them badly in interesting or entertaining ways. Hopefully he does better in future weeks as he seems like a nice bloke.

I can't work out if I find Alice Levine intensely irritating or not. Sometimes she seems like she's right into the fun of the show, but other times she is a bit too knowing and smug above it all.

Liza Tarbuck is the absolute best, I've always found her brilliant since the Big Breakfast days (Vaughan and Tarbuck was the best BB duo, don't @ me). I've found that to generally be the case in Taskmaster, the non-comedians are often the best because they dive into the tasks without being 'on' in quite the same - the bookers get on naturally funny people who have been around comedy and so understand how it works, but who don't have that same pressure to perform that the 'proper' comedians put themselves under. Sally Phillips, Richard Osman, Mel Giedroyc have all been brilliant in that role.

A touch disappointed with Tim Vine, but only in that I thought he would be the perfect contestant and in the first episode he was just decent. Loved the weird scout uniform he had on.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Mango Chimes on May 06, 2018, 07:34:06 PM
I think jobotic's 'tedious legend' is spot on for Howard. I like Alice a lot, whilst the rest are sort of middling around a bit for me at the mo', with the occasional spark from Tim.

Not sure about Greg's glasses.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wet Blanket on May 08, 2018, 11:27:40 AM
Had - and maybe still have - high hopes for Liza Tarbuck and Tim Vine, but they were a bit bland in that first episode. Agree that Alice Levine seemed a bit too cool for school but I might warm to her as the series progresses - the programme's usually good for bringing out the celebs' real personalities behind the persona. In that respect it looks like Russell Howard's a bawbag in real life too. A fake-tanned had-his-teeth-whitened bawbag by the looks of it, but that might just be my TV. 
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: worldsgreatestsinner on May 09, 2018, 10:55:55 PM
Ep 3 is available
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Utter Shit on May 10, 2018, 11:46:56 AM
Two episodes in and, sadly, I think this series is just going to be a bit rubbish. Only Liza Tarbuck is providing any entertainment for me so far. I had high hopes for her and Tim Vine, and thought I might enjoy Russell and Asim when they're not on, but so far it's just been a bit bland. It's not terrible, and Greg's bits still make me laugh like a bastard, but it's a big step down from the last few series IMO. Can't quite decide if it's the contestants, the challengers or a bit of both.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: imitationleather on May 10, 2018, 01:00:08 PM
It's a real shame this line-up gets ten episodes and not the last lot.

I've only watched episode 1 and I know people are saying that episode 2 is better, but I really can't be bothered. I can just tell this group of people doesn't have an entertaining series of Taskmaster in them.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wentworth Smith on May 10, 2018, 01:21:00 PM
Watched the third and a step down from episode 2. The adult bedtime story could have been a real winner in previous series but these were mainly half arsed or just plain shit. Tarbuck is ok, Levine has her moments but Howard and Choudhry don't appear to have any imagination whatsoever. I like Tim Vine but he isn't a spontaneous wit so doesn't work too well in the studio bits. Also, it's a bit odd I admit, but I don't like the others swearing in front of him- seems off somehow.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on May 10, 2018, 02:20:01 PM
I think it's fine.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Virgo76 on May 14, 2018, 07:55:22 AM
I think it's fine.

Yes. It's still great at the end of the day.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: worldsgreatestsinner on May 14, 2018, 11:05:59 AM
I think it's fine too. The only real problem is Howard, in the studio bits he seems ok but during the tasks he's full blown 90s lad wanker.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: jobotic on May 14, 2018, 11:12:27 AM
Imagine if you went on a stag do and he turned out to be one of your mate's mates.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Bogbrainedmurphy on May 14, 2018, 12:52:38 PM
Goodness me Alice Levine is beautiful.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on May 16, 2018, 12:27:35 PM
How did Russell Howard only score 3 when he got shitloads of darts in the board?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on May 16, 2018, 10:25:37 PM
Episode 4 is up at https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/taskmaster/watch-online/?video=5784637045001
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: worldsgreatestsinner on May 17, 2018, 12:21:37 AM
Really struggling with Howard in ep 4. It's like his every instinct is designed to get on my fucking nerves.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on May 17, 2018, 07:59:55 AM
Not sure what he's doing wrong for you, but I find he's actually far less annoying than I anticipated.
His 'manly' stuff was very funny, I thought.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on May 17, 2018, 03:59:56 PM
What has Asim been in or done? Never heard of him before and I dont think hes said or done a single thing that has made me laugh. Hes not even endearingly shit like Nish Kumar was, he's just bland, boring shiteness.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: TMJ on May 17, 2018, 04:00:51 PM
Is he not the guy in the British Airways safety video? He's not very funny in that, either.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Pseudopath on May 17, 2018, 04:35:54 PM
What has Asim been in or done? Never heard of him before and I dont think hes said or done a single thing that has made me laugh. Hes not even endearingly shit like Nish Kumar was, he's just bland, boring shiteness.

He's Chabuddy G in "cult hit" People Just Do Nothing, isn't he? Although I suppose if you never watch BBC Three comedies, you could be forgiven for never having encountered him.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Utter Shit on May 17, 2018, 06:38:20 PM
Yeah he's great in PJDN. Not great in this. Episode 3 was a big improvement but it's still a mile off the madness of previous series, despite Liza being fantastic.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: jimboslice on May 17, 2018, 06:55:55 PM
I agree with the good people of this thread, Tarbuck is definitely carrying this series. I love Tim Vine and had high hopes, but he's not the best Taskmaster contestant. Hope I'm proven wrong by the end of the series. Levine has been pretty good too, Russell Howard could be worse, and Chaudry is just dull.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: worldsgreatestsinner on May 17, 2018, 07:52:11 PM
Not sure what he's doing wrong for you, but I find he's actually far less annoying than I anticipated.
His 'manly' stuff was very funny, I thought.

I thought that was the part of the show and only Alex saved it. I think I just don't find him funny, sometimes in material but more often in delivery. But that and his approach to the have fun task really rubbed me the wrong way.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: jobotic on May 17, 2018, 07:58:26 PM
Really struggling with Howard in ep 4. It's like his every instinct is designed to get on my fucking nerves.

Yeah totally agree. Don't think I can watch anymore. Fucking bantz twat. And those teeth. And I'm not at episode 4 yet.

Shame because Liza Tarbuck is great.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: The Lurker on May 17, 2018, 10:13:32 PM
Thought episode 4 was the best one so far this series. I do agree with the previous comments that Tarbuck is carrying the show though.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wayman C. McCreery on May 17, 2018, 11:09:41 PM
I think it says a lot about this series that the two non-comedians are the funniest contestants. God I love Tim Vine, but this isn’t the best format for him. Asim Chaudhry is just dull as and Russell Howard puts an end to the theory that Taskmaster brings the best out of comics you don’t like.

Still decent though.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Old Gold Tooth on May 18, 2018, 07:55:43 PM
Yeah totally agree. Don't think I can watch anymore. Fucking bantz twat. And those teeth. And I'm not at episode 4 yet.

He does appear constructed by comedy scientists to be The Most Lad.

Between popping his shirt off to show his gym-laboured body and imagining grannies spunking to his "most fun" challenge, he seems determined to appeal to a demographic that doesn't feel very Taskmaster.

Overall it's by far the weakest run. In a bizarre twist, the US Taskmaster, which I presumed would be at best a cheap knock-off, is growing on me more week on week.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BritishHobo on May 18, 2018, 09:48:08 PM
I wonder if part of the joy I'm also finding in the US Taskmaster is that the contestants, being presumably unfamiliar with the franchise, are constantly bewildered and surprised by the daft arbitrary weirdness of the show. Whereas, being on series 6, it feels like everyone on the UK version knows exactly what they're getting into, like it's just another panel show.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: imitationleather on May 19, 2018, 09:32:42 AM
Imagine being a Russell Howard fan. Pure desolation. Everything about the guy seems like it was designed in a lab to fuck you off and spoil your day.

Is it seriously true that he and Daniel Kitson are best mates? My brain's not computing that one, no matter how hard it tries.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: notjosh on May 19, 2018, 02:35:02 PM
Imagine being a Russell Howard fan. Pure desolation. Everything about the guy seems like it was designed in a lab to fuck you off and spoil your day.

Is it seriously true that he and Daniel Kitson are best mates? My brain's not computing that one, no matter how hard it tries.

Used to be good friends at least. I remember him being the third party in Kitson's routine about trying to cope with his stutter on the phone and accidentally saying "My name is... my name is... my name is Daniel Kitson".
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: lankyguy95 on May 19, 2018, 03:07:03 PM
I think he's the only comic Kitson's ever taken on tour with him. Him and John Oliver frequently used to come up in Kitson's shows.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Twed on May 19, 2018, 04:04:37 PM
Him and John Oliver frequently used to come up in Kitson's shows.
Maybe Russell's current appearance (buff, whitened teeth) is the fallout of a failed attempt to break America like his friend.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on May 19, 2018, 04:12:13 PM
Is it seriously true that he and Daniel Kitson are best mates? My brain's not computing that one, no matter how hard it tries.

They play football together apparently.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Utter Shit on May 19, 2018, 04:50:25 PM
They play football together apparently.

Comedians' football seems to be a big thing encorporating everyone from young club comics to big stars, all meeting once a week in London. They used to talk about it a lot on the Elis James and John Robins radio show.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: RoadMaintenanceTycoon on May 19, 2018, 09:57:51 PM
just watched through til ep3 of this, I never thought I'd like anything russell howard did but he's surprisingly excellent in the studio bits. tarbuck takes the cake, however. I love how she referred to the little wind-up tin man as 'terse'
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: RoadMaintenanceTycoon on May 23, 2018, 02:40:51 AM
didn't like the last episode. at the risk of sounding anti-lady, there was something mildly shite about alice levine's response to the man impression task. it felt like davies was very keen to keep the peace after levine's political statement re. men being overpaid shites, he should have actually engaged with it.  felt like he shited out of discussing equality of outcome.

tarbuck was a gem tho, and I liked russell howard with his top off tbf
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: gilbertharding on May 23, 2018, 04:44:12 PM
IIRC (and, again, at the risk of sounding anti-lady) Katherine Ryan was also prone to stamping her foot and blaming the patriarchy when things didn't look as if they were going her way... which looked especially ridiculous when she did well.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: RoadMaintenanceTycoon on May 24, 2018, 11:51:52 PM
IIRC (and, again, at the risk of sounding anti-lady) Katherine Ryan was also prone to stamping her foot and blaming the patriarchy when things didn't look as if they were going her way... which looked especially ridiculous when she did well.

Watched the chaotic Edinburgh TV fest 'commissioning editors special' they did in 2010 the other night and this moment stuck out in particular (https://youtu.be/IKmKharkSzc?t=861), would love to know what gets lost in the edit of the recent shows
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Mango Chimes on May 25, 2018, 01:21:15 PM
That's a fairly massive exaggeration about Ryan – her point about being the only contestant who has never had to tie a tie was entirely legit. And I don't think Taskmaster would particularly benefit from Greg being a prick about the gender pay gap.

Anyway the latest episode: Tim manically reeling in the entire garden made me laugh out loud. The group task was uncomfortable.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Twed on May 25, 2018, 01:34:07 PM
I don't really enjoy any of them except for Liza, who is one of the best Taskmaster contestants ever, IMO.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: gilbertharding on May 25, 2018, 02:28:15 PM
That's a fairly massive exaggeration about Ryan – her point about being the only contestant who has never had to tie a tie was entirely legit. And I don't think Taskmaster would particularly benefit from Greg being a prick about the gender pay gap.

The tie... yeah, fair point (although I wonder how many men would be happy to be timed tying a tie these days). There was the one with the raw egg? Immediately assumed she'd be disadvantaged because one of the men would just neck it raw. There were a few others. It's not a 'massive' exaggeration. I like her.

Was Greg a prick about it? Hope not.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on May 25, 2018, 03:51:22 PM
Liza Tarbuck is a fucking delight, I'm a fan of Tim Vines brand of silliness and I can take or leave Alice Levine. The other 2 are fucking awful, Howard in a 'get this unfunny cunt off my screen now' kind of way and Chowdry in a 'you seem like a very nice, very dull bloke, please get off my screen' kind of way. My least favourite series so far.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on May 25, 2018, 05:27:36 PM
Chowdry completely lost me this episode by repeatedly pronouncing "H" as "haitch." I felt sure, the way they'd emphasised it in the edit, that Greg was going to make some withering comment about it, but no. Just left it hanging there like a thing they'd done specifically to annoy me personally.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Famous Mortimer on May 27, 2018, 02:25:16 AM
I started watching it and Russell Howard's teeth are intensely off putting. I'm trying but it's like a magnet to my eyes.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Old Gold Tooth on May 27, 2018, 07:48:51 AM
I started watching it and Russell Howard's teeth are intensely off putting. I'm trying but it's like a magnet to my eyes.

Between the augmented teeth, the fake tan and the frosted hair, he does look distractingly fucked-up.

There’s a Chuck Palahniuk short story in Haunted about a couple who decide to film a porn together and spend thousands of dollars on tanning and plastic surgery so they can look “perfect” and only when they film it do they realise they look unrecognisably grotesque. Looking at him always reminds me of that story a bit.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on May 27, 2018, 08:23:43 AM
I don't think the teeth are augmented, are they? His sister seems to have pretty much the same teeth.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Old Gold Tooth on May 27, 2018, 09:19:35 AM
They’re very white though. Like a nuclear explosion contained in a mouth.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on June 06, 2018, 11:13:24 PM
New ep* was back on top form, I thought.

*online
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Bad Ambassador on June 07, 2018, 12:22:43 AM
Eight... bollocked... cats.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on June 07, 2018, 08:53:49 AM
I haven't watched the online episode yet but I thought the last few weeks have been progressively better. Last week I loved Tim's lobster measurement and the team task where everyone ignored Liza, who ended up completing the task on her own. The final task wasn't as creative as others though.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on June 07, 2018, 02:20:44 PM
Alice Levine's warm ham is a mental image that will haunt me for quite a while.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Utter Shit on June 07, 2018, 02:22:21 PM
I haven't watched the online episode yet but I thought the last few weeks have been progressively better.

Agreed, the first two were crap, but it's got better and better to the point that I now really look forward to them again. The slow/dramatic parachute task was so much fun.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wayman C. McCreery on June 07, 2018, 10:16:06 PM
Yep, episodes five and six have been great fun. There’s finally some chemistry between the contestants and Tim looks like he’s really enjoying himself.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wayman C. McCreery on June 13, 2018, 10:16:23 PM
This has gone brilliant again.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on June 13, 2018, 11:04:09 PM
BIG TOE BOBBLE HAT!
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on June 14, 2018, 09:04:03 PM
Didn't find the eighth episode that great unfortunately, their was potential there but the dot to dot task was bland, and I can't believe how rubbish the 'remarkable things in common' bit was. Hate to say it but I think Asim might be the worst contestant they've ever had, he's just ridiculously boring throughout.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 14, 2018, 09:52:54 PM
Didn't find the eighth episode that great unfortunately, their was potential there but the dot to dot task was bland, and I can't believe how rubbish the 'remarkable things in common' bit was. Hate to say it but I think Asim might be the worst contestant they've ever had, he's just ridiculously boring throughout.

Yeah Asim is by far the worst person they've had on. Bland, totally forgettable, he doesnt even fuck up the tasks in an interesting or funny way. The fact they have someone like him on now doesnt fill me with hope for future series, I hope Asim was just a misstep and it doesnt mean theyre already scraping the bottom of the barrel for contestants. I love Tarbuck, shes always great in anything shes in, but its worrying that there is a tv presenter and radio dj in the line up when it used to be all comedians, is british comedy really so bereft of interesting people now?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on June 14, 2018, 10:03:58 PM
That Lolly woman (s4?) was shit too. Probably worse than Asim, as at least he seems fairly affable.
They've had a pretty high success rate overall though.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: andy33 on June 15, 2018, 12:24:00 PM
I like Asim. It's true he's mostly spectacularly shit at the tasks, but two of the undisputed highlights have come from him this series: the eight-bollocked cat (and, actually, most of his "extraordinary animals"), plus the vegan announcement. I think the latter is actually one of the best outside-the-box solutions there has ever been on the show. It was up against a right half-arsed load of attempts in that task too.

Agree that the latest episode was weak all round really, especially the dot-to-dot and the "what have you got in common" tasks. The egg one was good though, and Alice's effort in particular was excellent.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Scrapey Fish on June 15, 2018, 12:27:59 PM
Yeah Asim is by far the worst person they've had on. Bland, totally forgettable, he doesnt even fuck up the tasks in an interesting or funny way. The fact they have someone like him on now doesnt fill me with hope for future series, I hope Asim was just a misstep and it doesnt mean theyre already scraping the bottom of the barrel for contestants. I love Tarbuck, shes always great in anything shes in, but its worrying that there is a tv presenter and radio dj in the line up when it used to be all comedians, is british comedy really so bereft of interesting people now?

I've enjoyed Asim enough, but regardless of your view of him, he was a good pick on paper
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 15, 2018, 01:06:23 PM
he was a good pick on paper

Thats what I mean about it being a misstep, someone who should have been good but turned out to be godawful. Not doubting hes a nice guy, he seems like a lovely chap to spend time with,  he may even be a fine comic actor or writer (I dont know, I'd never heard of him before Taskmaster), but he is not a naturally funny or entertaining person. Which is what you want out of someone on a comedy entertainment show, really.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wentworth Smith on June 21, 2018, 11:29:16 AM
The latest, online, episode was a treat. Tim was great throughout, his rage at the missing hook and its reveal was amazing.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: bobloblaw on June 21, 2018, 11:59:41 AM
it really is. Tarbuck's all but won, Howard's still grating but Vine and the format have finally gelled and the results are great.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 21, 2018, 08:39:18 PM
Tim Vine is killing it now, but I do get the feeling people are more laughing at him than with him though, which is a shame. A genuine eccentric and a very funny and nice bloke, I'm glad hes fucking weird instead of fucking bland.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: JamesTC on June 21, 2018, 10:06:10 PM
The hook is the most I've laughed at anything in Taskmaster. Incredible.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on June 21, 2018, 10:36:26 PM
Had to go back and watch that bit again immediately after the reveal; I didn't spot it the first time but it was incredibly obvious in one particular shot and clear from their reaction that a large contingent of the audience noticed it then.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: batwings on June 21, 2018, 11:11:40 PM
Tarbuck and Vine have saved this series with their likeable eccentricity. I'd watch a buddy cop tv show called Tarbuck & Vine (as long as its Lisa and Tim, not Jimmy and Jeremy).
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on June 22, 2018, 12:44:03 AM
I struggled with the ninth episode - the Vine / Hook bit was really great, as was his shopping task, but the rest of it left me a bit cold. Alice Levine started the series well but is annoying me now, Asim's plain rubbish and whilst Russell Howard has the odd decent moment he often annoys me a lot too. I think there's too many episodes as well, as some of the tasks have been very bland, like the bubble blowing one and if it wasn't for Tim Vine the bag one would have been terrible.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 22, 2018, 07:18:36 AM
Its not so much the tasks being blands as the people doing them, you just need interesting, funny people to pull off those kinds of tasks. Vine usually makes everything great, Asim makes everything shit and dull, Tarbuck (who has been great) has said "I can't be bothered" too many times and how the fuck does Russell Howard get work as a comedian? Oh, and Alice Levine is there too. I've enjoyed this series, mainly because of Tarby & Vine, but it's been the worst line up for me (after series 4, obvs).

Really pissed me off when Asim called Vine "fucking weird" too and tried to say the musical was all Vine's idea and he had nothing to do with it. So much for him being a nice guy. That's the bit that should have made Tim swear.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on June 22, 2018, 07:53:28 AM
Making Tim swear should have been one of the tasks.

Anyway, apart from a slow first 2 episodes, I've really enjoyed it. Tim and Liza have been the stars, but Asim and Howard have had some good moments. And Alice looks lovely.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: The Lurker on June 22, 2018, 01:43:37 PM
Really pissed me off when Asim called Vine "fucking weird" too and tried to say the musical was all Vine's idea and he had nothing to do with it. So much for him being a nice guy. That's the bit that should have made Tim swear.

He laughed at first but I thought Tim didn't look too pleased after Asim said he was fucking weird. And that was just after Asim said "he's a lovely man" which is a shame.

It has got better episode on episode though which is an especially good thing when you consider the poor line-up, bar Vine and Tarbuck. Not sure what Alice Levine offers though, she is shit like Asim but Asim has at least made me laugh a few times - in particular, the miming obscure animals task.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 22, 2018, 02:51:10 PM
He laughed at first but I thought Tim didn't look too pleased after Asim said he was fucking weird. And that was just after Asim said "he's a lovely man" which is a shame.

It has got better episode on episode though which is an especially good thing when you consider the poor line-up, bar Vine and Tarbuck. Not sure what Alice Levine offers though, she is shit like Asim but Asim has at least made me laugh a few times - in particular, the miming obscure animals task.

Yeah there were a few bits this episode where everyone seemed to be laughing at the weirdo, complete with a few close ups on his face which looked like a mixture of seething and laughing it off.  It all felt a bit off this episode or maybe its because I'm an actual Vine fan so it pissed me off more. I'm so glad no one guessed his pun and that it was far better than any pun they came up with (one of the occasions where Tarbuck just zoned out, lost interest and couldnt be bothered). I'm also pretty sure the video of him completing the stationary task is how he generally spends his day anyway, thats why hes so good at this show.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Old Gold Tooth on June 23, 2018, 08:48:03 AM
Russell Howard repeatedly forcing a wet slab of chewing gum out of his maw unnerved me more than any horror film I’ve seen in the past decade.

Other than that (and the aforementioned disses on Vine) I thought it was the best episode of this run, but still by far the weakest series. A big part of the fun is the joint/team tasks and the playful competitive banter but this line-up of contestants never gelled at all.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: The Lurker on June 23, 2018, 09:51:01 PM
Once the current series has finished, I fancy checking out the US version. Is there a Google Drive link for it anywhere? There appears to be some, but not all, episodes on Dailymotion.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on June 23, 2018, 10:06:40 PM
Once the current series has finished, I fancy checking out the US version. Is there a Google Drive link for it anywhere? There appears to be some, but not all, episodes on Dailymotion.

Somebody posted some episodes on Reddit recently: https://www.reddit.com/r/panelshow/comments/8s66vp/request_taskmaster_us_e7_8/

Also, someone posted this on Reddit a couple of days ago:

Quote
Taskmaster Wikipedia page had (then removed) a possible Series 7 line-up as... James Acaster Sue Perkins Julian Barrett Holly Walsh Richard Ayoade

Seems feasible enough. The bigger names may explain why no one but Acaster has leaked yet. Assume it will be confirmed in a trailer at the end of the current series.

I doubt it's true (can't imagine Julian Barratt wanting to do it as I recently read an interview where he said he wanted to concentrate on serious acting now) but it would be a pretty decent line up if it was the case, and much better than this year's lot.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: imitationleather on June 23, 2018, 10:39:49 PM
I doubt it's true (can't imagine Julian Barratt wanting to do it as I recently read an interview where he said he wanted to concentrate on serious acting now) but it would be a pretty decent line up if it was the case, and much better than this year's lot.

That line-up seems far too star-studded to be at all realistic. It'd be good, though.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 25, 2018, 06:00:13 PM
Are they doing the same as they did last year by showing the episodes one week earlier online than on the tv? Does this mean theres going to be a 2 week break again until the last episode and we wont get the finale until next week or will it be up this week?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on June 25, 2018, 07:45:56 PM
Oh, I hadn't thought about that. Yeah, I suppose they probably won't put the finale up a week early, the sods.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: slicesofjim on June 25, 2018, 09:15:08 PM
That line-up seems far too star-studded to be at all realistic. It'd be good, though.

It'd be outstanding if they replaced Perkins with a Tarbuck-standard contestant.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on June 26, 2018, 12:56:13 PM
Are they doing the same as they did last year by showing the episodes one week earlier online than on the tv? Does this mean theres going to be a 2 week break again until the last episode and we wont get the finale until next week or will it be up this week?
Last year that was because of the Champion of Champions wasn't it, I'm sure they've always showed the finale a week early before that.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: olliebean on June 27, 2018, 10:50:29 PM
It's not there yet (usually is by 10:30), so I'm guessing it's not coming until next week.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: AsparagusTrevor on June 28, 2018, 08:06:46 AM
Motherfuckers. Mother. Fuckers.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 28, 2018, 09:14:16 AM
Bugger.

Like most panel shows (which this is really) its about the journey, not the destination. I find the fun in Taskmaster is watching them do the tasks and interact with each other (is it me or has there been less interaction and banter between the contestants this series?), not seeing who wins. If you told me who won but didnt tell me what any of the tasks were I'd still fully enjoy the last show.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on June 28, 2018, 09:20:55 AM
I'm generally not bothered about who wins, but I was delighted when Bob won s5.
Probably because they'd already announced that there would be a Champion of Champions.

Tarbs has this series sown up though, no?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 28, 2018, 09:27:17 AM
Yeah unless they've kept all her worst tasks for the last show she has to win. I'm guessing theres going to be at least one task where she gives up early or literally just says "I cant be bothered any more."

Just need some sort of Comic Relif special now where two other people are in charge and Alex and Greg can have a go at being comtestants.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Tapiocahead on June 29, 2018, 02:52:19 PM
In the unlikely event it is Julian Barratt they should try and get him to persuade Julia Davis to go on at the same time. A married couple on would be ace
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Dr Funke on July 02, 2018, 12:55:14 PM
You can now get tickets for the Series 7 recordings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taskmaster-series-7-tickets-47470253807
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: billybobs on July 02, 2018, 03:01:16 PM
Alex Horne tweeted the other day that series 7 would be broadcast in September.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Wayman C. McCreery on July 04, 2018, 10:06:19 PM
Series 7 lineup is James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Rhod Gilbert, Kerry Godliman and Phil Wang.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: vainsharpdad on July 04, 2018, 10:06:35 PM
https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/3165/taskmaster_series_7_players/
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: The Lurker on July 04, 2018, 10:42:37 PM
Rhod Gilbert vs Mr Gilbert
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Bobloblawslawbomb on July 04, 2018, 10:57:37 PM
Series 7 lineup is James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Rhod Gilbert, Kerry Godliman and Phil Wang.

Cracking line up
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on July 04, 2018, 11:37:20 PM
Great finale tonight.
Tim as Greg's mum and Alex's bum cake were highlights.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Benjaminos on July 05, 2018, 10:01:45 AM
Liza Tarbuck running away and giggling like a naughty schoolgirl was delightful.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Clownbaby on July 05, 2018, 10:09:42 AM
I think this was the best episode of this series. Liza Tarbuck defo deserved to win. She was a lot more odd than I thought she'd be and I'd never thought much of her before she was on this. New lineup looks alright as well. I knew Julian Barratt wouldn't do it. I also know it's very unlikely that Limmy would ever do it but I'm imagining it and it's great, in my head
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on July 05, 2018, 05:34:09 PM
I thought it was a fairly decent episode, I liked the Love task a lot and the candle blowing wasn't too bad, though the bowling thing was dull. The worst offender by far was the studio task though, I've no idea why they thought it'd make for interesting tv.

Overall it was by no means a bad series but it was probably my least favourite yet. Lisa was great when she cared about a task but she got bored all too easily, Russell was fairly decent when not being annoying, Alice started well but then became bland and Asim was mostly terrible. Only Tim Vine constantly proved himself to be a great contestant, and it's a real shame he didn't win as I'd have liked to have seen him in the next Champions of Champions series. I still feel 10 episodes is too many as well, it started to drag towards the end and some of the tasks were a bit weak. It's a huge success though so I doubt anything will change.

Series 7 lineup is James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Rhod Gilbert, Kerry Godliman and Phil Wang.

Hmmmm, well I'm fond of Phil Wang and James Acaster, and don't mind Godliman, but Rhod Gilbert actively annoys me and whilst I don't know much about Jessica Knappett I didn't find Drifers that funny. Hopefully the latter two will surprise me, but I'm not that optimistic right now.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: BritishHobo on July 05, 2018, 06:31:15 PM
It grew on me more and more that series, and I was surprised to find myself sad to see 'em go.

Cracking line-up for next series. I wonder if they've rescinded their rule on letting on people who've asked to do it.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Black Ship on July 05, 2018, 09:27:25 PM
I nearly ruptured myself laughing at the cake bit. The look on Alex's face was glorious.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Clownbaby on July 05, 2018, 09:29:52 PM
I kind of want to experience cake between ma cheeks now, lil Alex Horne seemed to be experiencing so many emotions all at once
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Famous Mortimer on July 05, 2018, 10:01:20 PM
Asim just wasn't very funny, I thought. Perhaps a lovely chap, but he was a non-presence, comedically, for me.

Series 7 looks like a decent cast though?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Scarymole on July 06, 2018, 10:51:51 AM
Here's a solution to the bowling ball task:
https://youtu.be/F8tgxP69iFw
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: notjosh on July 06, 2018, 12:16:55 PM
Here's a solution to the bowling ball task:
https://youtu.be/F8tgxP69iFw

That was my solution! I'm not sure about you guys, but I spend most of my time while watching this show thinking about what a brilliant contestant I would be.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: WestHill on July 07, 2018, 08:08:12 AM
I thought it was a fairly decent episode, I liked the Love task a lot and the candle blowing wasn't too bad, though the bowling thing was dull. The worst offender by far was the studio task though, I've no idea why they thought it'd make for interesting tv.

Heavily edited because everyone including Alex got very confused in the studio, which personally I thought made it more fun but I guess that doesn’t fit in with the hyper organised Taskmaster character.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on July 07, 2018, 09:01:57 AM
Heavily edited because everyone including Alex got very confused in the studio, which personally I thought made it more fun but I guess that doesn’t fit in with the hyper organised Taskmaster character.

Surely the game only works properly if the person going first changes each round? Other the person going last can't win (hence Tim needing a number that was simultaneously higher than 78 and lower than 14.
Part of the fun though. Maybe a longer edit will appear on their YouTube channel.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Clownbaby on July 07, 2018, 10:06:29 AM
Don't know about anyone else but I thought Alice Levine made a bit of a fuss about Alex accidentally brushing her boob when he put the rosette on
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: georgetaylor on July 07, 2018, 10:59:31 AM
Don't know about anyone else but I though Alice Levine made a bit of a fuss about Alex accidentally brushing her boob when he put the rosette on

Yes, I agree, that was good.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: Clownbaby on July 07, 2018, 11:02:16 AM
Yes, I agree, that was good.

Aw I found it a bit annoying haha
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: gilbertharding on July 07, 2018, 11:45:20 AM
Don't know about anyone else but I thought Alice Levine made a bit of a fuss about Alex accidentally brushing her boob when he put the rosette on

OTOH, Tim was fine with his boobs being touched, wasn't he?
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: worldsgreatestsinner on August 14, 2018, 10:34:30 AM
New series - 5th Sep.
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on August 14, 2018, 10:40:18 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dki6eaUX0AAXq0u.jpg)
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: arpster on January 04, 2019, 01:40:45 PM
Just catching up with this - watching in reverse so its a bit of a letdown after the splendid series 7 ....Russell Howard is a exactly as i expected him to be...which doesn't say much for him  - Tim Vine is like a big dopey bastard cousin who's impossible to dislike - Asim Chaudhry is as poor in this as he is brilliant in People Just Do Nothing - Tarby Jnr is rollicking good value - Alice Levine is remarkably attractive...even if the series turns to cack I'll probably persevere with it just to watch her doing daft shit .....
Title: Re: Taskmaster - Series 6
Post by: DrGreggles on January 04, 2019, 02:25:06 PM
Just catching up with this - watching in reverse so its a bit of a letdown after the splendid series 7 ....Russell Howard is a exactly as i expected him to be...which doesn't say much for him  - Tim Vine is like a big dopey bastard cousin who's impossible to dislike - Asim Chaudhry is as poor in this as he is brilliant in People Just Do Nothing - Tarby Jnr is rollicking good value - Alice Levine is remarkably attractive...even if the series turns to cack I'll probably persevere with it just to watch her doing daft shit .....

Even though it's regarded as the weakest series (correctly IMHO), it definitely improves as it progresses.
The Greg and Alex stuff is reliably great, and there are some tremendous bits - mainly from Vine and Tarbuck.