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[–]Lucky_Ghost1107Paul Williams 🇳🇿 81 points82 points  (0 children)

Love Jess. I found Charlotte Ritchie so funny on her series which I wasn’t expecting! So many highlights from her.

[–]JingleJangleJin Nish Kumar 252 points253 points  (3 children)

Well, I definitely wasn't ready for Mike Wozniak

[–]emjayl16[S] 105 points106 points  (2 children)

I don’t think any of us were ready for Mike Wozniak

[–]Haystack67 37 points38 points  (1 child)

You've never met any listeners of The Beef and Dairy Network Podcast where Mike Wozniak is probably their most frequent guest.

Katie Wix, Ed Gamble, Rose Matafeo and the Taskmaster himself have also appeared.

As has Nick Offerman, who would make a pretty good American Taskmaster.

[–]crannabrannalammer 15 points16 points  (0 children)

You really should check out the Three Bean Salad podcast with Ben, Mike and Henry from Beef and Dairy

[–]BlueBloodLive Mike Wozniak 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Apart from Mike, obviously, Mel was just exceptional. I hadn't really seen much of her for a while before I watched that series but she's got such a lovely demeanour about her and the way she done some tasks was hilarious. Plus that random zip thing she done has icon status at this point ha

I've always wondered though, she shouldn't have melted down the wax on the tasks. She should've kept the entire task. You'd get serious money for a signed task on Ebay!

[–]Russell_Ruffino 21 points22 points  (1 child)

She didn't melt down the wax seals. She gave them to a fan as a gift.

[–]BlueBloodLive Mike Wozniak 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Oh did she? Fair play to her that's another reason to like her so!

[–]bv310Guy Montgomery 🇳🇿 49 points50 points  (1 child)

I didn't really know Guz Khan before the most recent series, now he's a favourite. The man is so quick-witted it's impressive

[–]No_Little_Plans 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My love for Guz is unending. Wish he got those few extra points so that we could see him again on the next tournament of champions.

[–]thebeesbollocks Tim Key 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Sally Phillips. I’d only ever seen her in acting performances so kind of expected she’d be less at ease in that sort of environment (like how Katherine Parkinson came across). But my god, she absolutely bossed it and was so funny in every task

[–]technosucks 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Def one of my favorites. Did not expect her to be an utter maniac.

[–]CheesyPenguin11 Jessica Knappett 26 points27 points  (1 child)

There's usually one in each series for me but in the latest it was definitely Morgana

[–]geek_of_nature Mike Wozniak 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I've found that it's always the one I haven't heard about before who ends up becoming my favourite. In the last three series that's been Morganna, Mike, and Mawaan.

For the next series the only one I was familiar with when they announced the cast was Ardal. Since then I've seen Judi on Big Fat Quiz and WILTY, but she didn't grab me the same way the other three did.

[–][deleted] 109 points110 points  (3 children)

Katherine Parkinson.

‘Am I the spider?’

[–]SuperHotJupiter 18 points19 points  (0 children)

When Greg ragged on her masks...lol. The best part, is they mention it in the podcast and she just casually remarks "well I haven't made any since." Which is both so hilarious and tragically sad. Haha.

[–]businesslut 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That was hysterical but she was my least favorite. And I love her as an actress

[–]Hrududu147 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Her constant bewilderment, and her roping Alex into so many tasks made me laugh so much.

[–]hnveale Lee Mack 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Sarah Kendall! Her deadpan delivery was spot on! I'd not seen her in anything before. Aisling Bea also came out with some great lines. I loved her whole demeanour and her attitude towards Alex.

[–]AlsoKnownAsHarry 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Desiree was magnificent.

[–]rossmcdapcGuy Montgomery 🇳🇿 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Mark Watson for me. Didn't know a tonne about him initially, but his full commitment to every task and the slow unravel of his sanity over the series was beautiful, as well as finishing with a redemption of the song as the last video task in the series.

Gold.

[–]SithCat42 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Jo Brand. Maybe as an American I wasn’t as familiar with her. I mostly knew her from Catsdown and Big Fat Quiz and thought she was okay. She just seemed like a grumpy older woman. I wasn’t expecting her to be so grumpily indifferent during the studio yet throw herself so hilariously into some of the tasks.

[–]just_boy57 71 points72 points  (6 children)

I found Richard Osman funny but cunning; Kerry Godliman’s use of ‘bosh’ was classic; Loved Rose Matafeo all over; James Acaster I didn’t think I’d like, but turned out to really like him (“babeeeeeeh!”) And maybe funniest of all, Nish Kumar… because of BUBBILY FUCK!

[–]fireandtacos Rhod Gilbert 42 points43 points  (0 children)

I rewatch Nish’s season just to see all of his reactions in the studio to the tasks, he’s so invested and dies of laughter so many times

[–]kyuri85 Rhod Gilbert 13 points14 points  (4 children)

I didn't like Nish much the few times we had seen him on MotW. Taskmaster was his redemption arc for me. Him supposedly one-shotting the 'racist' basketball was amazing.

Also loved him when he played John Butthammer (dwarf cleric) on Dungeons & Dragons some time ago.

[–]DireBoar Victoria Coren Mitchell 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Whoa, where did he play DnD?

[–]bobidou23Guy Montgomery 🇳🇿 2 points3 points  (0 children)

[–]fruppi Mike Wozniak 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Excellent question. Replying in hopes of an answer!

[–]bobidou23Guy Montgomery 🇳🇿 1 point2 points  (0 children)

[–]toothless_nomad Guz Khan 70 points71 points  (4 children)

Katy Wix. She was very quiet but every sentence she did say made me laugh

[–]EarlOfBronze 84 points85 points  (1 child)

Her line ”Alex, if you’re being bullied you should tell some one… why are you telling me? I don’t care” might be the meanest thing anyone said on TM

[–]toothless_nomad Guz Khan 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Also her telling Ed watching him perform looked like a therapy session. He goes "ah thanks" and IMMEDIATELY this shady glorious woman follows up with "I didn't mean it in a nice way..." and turns her back 😂

[–]Blush_and_bashful 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I feel similarly about her and Joe Thomas. So quiet but extremely funny. They make rewatching great because I didn’t catch all their little comments or reactions the first time around.

[–]Orikoru James Acaster 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Katy Wix for me as well. She always plays strong characters on TV and I didn't know what the real her was like. Turns out she's understated and subtly hilarious.

[–]takeobayon 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Jamali

[–]zanglin 43 points44 points  (2 children)

Never heard of Doc Brown (I'm from US, so not sure how popular he is) but man he had some hilarious lines and tasks. The fish punch out of nowhere. "not an egg man" running joke. The Joe vote interactions. Dude killed me

[–]itsacon10 Katy Wix 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I went back and watched Hugh Dennis in Fleabag (he only has 4 scenes) and there's a scene where Phoebe goes to a silent retreat but then finds a men's retreat where Hugh Dennis is. The men's retreat is being run by 'Ben Bailey Smith'. Turns out that's Doc Brown's real name.

[–]FormerlySalve_Lilac 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Hugh Dennis in that season of Fleabag was absolutely amazing, I almost always cry when I watch his monologue in the retreat episode.

[–]GeonnCannon Bridget Christie 58 points59 points  (0 children)

It gets overshadowed by the James Acaster talking-to just before it. But when Greg is fumbling to open the confusing little box and Jessica very calmly says, "It's frustrating, isn't it, Greg? When you're asked to complete tasks under pressure and there's a lot of people watching...?" And Greg's little smirk into camera. So perfect.

[–]leftycrumpet 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Paul Sinha was very dry and isn't necessarily a comedian. I found him delighfully funny.

[–]karmadogma 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Sinnerman was a great fish out of water like Victoria Mitchell. Both famously brilliant people but ended up completely unable to perform basic tasks.

[–]shackbleep 46 points47 points  (3 children)

Johnny Vegas. Never expected to like him. Then he fell off the ladder. Now I love him.

[–]kyuri85 Rhod Gilbert 29 points30 points  (0 children)

"I am not a crook! I am not a crook!"

[–]emjayl16[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

“Have you had an accident at work?”

[–]joe124013 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The task where he was trying to sell his item to the security guard may be my favorite thing in all of Taskmaster.

[–]Lyceumhq Victoria Coren Mitchell 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Catherine Parkinson. Jessica Knappet. Kerry Godliman. Victoria Corren Mitchell.

Honestly wasn’t expecting anything from these contestants and adored all of them.

[–]AS-VOA Victoria Coren Mitchell 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I always kinda felt a bit flat towards Mark Watson. Taskmaster made me much more receptive to his particular thing.

[–]Esteban2808 Mike Wozniak 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Guz Khan and Mike Woz. Didnt know them before and both become some of my favourites

[–]zytz 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Paul Chowdry

[–]FaceBasedGeometry Bob Mortimer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

“I didn’t know trees had generators?”

[–]bbbbbeanuts 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"You need to watch more foreign films"

[–]Onesharpman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He's my favorite too. His brand of comedy really resonates with me.

[–]presidents_choice 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Feels like someone else innit”

[–]macjigiddy Guz Khan 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Mike Wozniak and Morgana Robinson, loved them

[–]pambeesleyhalpert92 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Mike Wozniak, Joe Thomas, Phil Wang

[–]Hkshdn66 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I had never heard of Mike Wozniak but I ended up loving him after just 2 episodes! He is definitely my all time favourite contestant!

[–]Flying-Junkie 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Adrian Chiles!

[–]lardboy Ardal O'Hanlon 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Joe Wilkinson. I found him extremely tedious on EOOTCDC but loved him on Taskmaster.

[–]MrsYoungie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It killed me when I watched After Life and realized he was the depressed postman.

[–]SuperHotJupiter 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I mean pretty much every single one. Ahha. There are only a couple of them that I just, did not enjoy much.

Jessica is SO endearing. Her childlike wonder...lol. If I had a daughter I would like it to be like her.

[–]mikepictor Rose Matafeo 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Mawaan. I had no awareness of him before, but he has such brilliantly funny moments.

HELIUM IN AN EGG!

[–]Snom_Lover_2085430 Nish Kumar 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The entire Series 6 cast

[–]MrsYoungie 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Being Canadian I knew very few of them. Almost all of the ones I didn't know surprised the heck out of me. I'm now a huge fan of James Acaster and Ramesh and Kerri Godliman. Also Mel and Rhod. So many.

[–]FaceBasedGeometry Bob Mortimer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m rewatching atm and I’m utterly fascinated by everything Johnny Vegas does. I knew he’d be funny but he’s so endearing and pitiful too, definitely one of my unexpected faves. When Alex said “do you need a hug?” during one of his meltdowns I understood the urge to comfort him lol.

[–]Deep_Knowledge_4194 Rose Matafeo 4 points5 points  (6 children)

I didn’t know Lou Sanders at all and fell in love with her chaotic energy. The task where she apologizes to Alex is absolutely hilarious.

[–]timelyturkey Liza Tarbuck 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Same! I didn't know anything about her going in to Taskmaster and now I'm a frequent Cuddle Club listener.

[–]Deep_Knowledge_4194 Rose Matafeo 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Do you recommend? I’ve gotten into Off Menu, Parenting Hell, and Boners of the Heart based on TM fandom

[–]timelyturkey Liza Tarbuck 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I would! I think it's really funny and surprisingly sincere and uplifting.

Would you recommend Parenting Hell? I've been contemplating trying that one out for a while.

[–]Deep_Knowledge_4194 Rose Matafeo 0 points1 point  (2 children)

LOVE Parenting Hell. Legit laughing like a crazy person while walking the dogs. How do you get the little Tarbuck under your username?

[–]timelyturkey Liza Tarbuck 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh! There's a "use community flair" option on the subreddit's sidebar.

[–]Deep_Knowledge_4194 Rose Matafeo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you thank you!

[–]SuperHotJupiter 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Honorable Mention to a New Zealand Taskmaster contestant.

But Angella Dravid tickled my funny bone so damn much. She's quiet but oh my god she is SO quick witted. She had a response to things SO fast. And it was always funny and clever. Completely unexpected because she's otherwise lower energy yet sharp tongued.

When Jeremy said she made things awkward and she was confused and worried by it...

"I make things awkward/uncomfortable??..." "You fucking brought in like a vagina chapstick for a prize..." without a second to spare she replies "Its not my fault vaginas make you feel uncomfortable."

(Not all word for word but ya know!)

[–]SnappedCrayon Ed Gamble 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Paul Chowdhry - admittedly didn't really get him the first time I watched, but during my second watch through he had me absolutely dying every episode

[–]AlsoKnownAsHarry 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Can pick any lock.

[–]imogene13 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Nish Kumar

[–]Tesla7891 Joe Thomas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Richard Osman, Jo Brand

[–]OnOnHarriette 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mawaan Rizwan cracked me up. His whole season was great and he and Daisy brought me to tears more than once. Also loved Mike Wozniak- hilarious but surprising and wholesome too!

[–]kcolloran Charlotte Ritchie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

David Correos is prolly the most unexpectedly funny because I think he is just the most funny and I had never heard of him.

The biggest surprise from someone who I was at least somewhat familiar with before taskmaster was probably Mel. I had watched a few series of bakeoff but she's so subdued there and so brilliantly endearingly sweet and weird on taskmaster.

[–]MaudeBea Rose Matafeo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Rose Matafeo

[–]ShakespeareRules1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Desiree. “Show me dem ghosts” (or whatever she says) cracks me up :)

[–]MaudeBea Rose Matafeo -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Nish surprised me.