Taskmaster: The show’s funniest and silliest ever tasks

Ahead of the Champion of Champions series, we look back the melon-smashing, potato-throwing, duck-toppling highlights of the first five series.

Dave’s Taskmaster, the funniest entertainment show on TV, has been tickling us with five glorious series of silliness.

Hosts Greg Davies and Alex Horne set the barmy and brilliant challenges and have crowned five champions – Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding, Rob Beckett and Bob Mortimer.

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Here is a look back at some of Taskmaster’s greatest ever challenges.

1. Melon eating

 

In series one, this challenge set the tone for everything that followed. Watching Tim Key and Romesh Ranganathan demolish melons and chow down on the fruit was quite unlike any comedy TV panel or gameshow we’d ever seen before.

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2. Noel Fielding's exotic sandwich

 

Noel Fielding often feels like he’s from another planet entirely, making him perfect Taskmaster material. So it was no surprise that he excelled at turning even the simpler tasks like making an ‘exotic sandwich’ into something bonkers.

3. The Tree wizard

 

Romesh anger and competitiveness made him a dream contestant in series one and his finest hour came in the ‘backwards’ challenge. We still find ourselves humming ‘Tree Wizard’ – an unforgettable comedy moments.

4. Rob Beckett rolls to victory

 

Nobody captured the spirit and enthusiasm of Taksmaster more than Beckett. His rolling and ‘athleticism’ in a race to microwave, without any steps, was hilariously daft television.

5. Entertaining the Mayor of Chesham

 

Arguably the finest ever Taskmaster challenge, it pushed the comedians to their embarrassment limit as they were forced to be as silly as possible with the poor Mayor of Chesham.

The winning effort? One word – Calippo!

6. Josh Widdicombe goes the extra mile

 

Nobody has ever shown quite the dedication of Josh Widdecombe to the Taskmaster cause – literally putting his body on the line to win.

7. How to get a potato in a golf hole

 

Katherine Ryan is the last woman standing in the Champions of Champions and she is a strong contender to take home the ultimate trophy. Smart, ultra-competitive and she can throw a potato in a hole better than anyone.

8. Everything with Bob Mortimer

 

The Shooting Stars comic is a godfather of British comedy and his surreal sense of humour meant that his series 5 win was never really in doubt. Here is a compilation of his finest moments so far…

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