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What to know about British imports



Comedian Greg Davies, aka Taskmaster, and his “assistant,” known as series creator Alex Horne.
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There has never been a better time to immerse ourselves deeper and deeper into the content vacuum created by COVID, which has wiped out all future television channels except better time. Taskmaster one of Britain’s many hidden television gems to finally get into the U.S. While comedy comedies show that the U.S. “A” genre is virtually non-existent, they are a few cents on British television, but Taskmaster has its own unique, indefinite madness brand that has attracted viewers to the return of nine, soon ten, series. The popularity of the show in the UK is hardly volatile. Since it started flying in 2015, it has emerged due to international adaptations in Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Norway and Finland. But no remake could ever be expected to compare to the original, which is so successful that Channel 4 has committed to another six seasons when it bought the show from UKTV at the end of last year.

The ban on short-term American remake adopted by Reggie Watts – more on that below. Taskmaster didn’t make much of a trace in the U.S., but that should change this Sunday when the CW starts showcasing the show throughout British fame. If you are one of the many unfortunate Americans who have yet to discover the glory of “beyond the wall.” Taskmaster, here are all the things you need to know about the show before the eight – and nine – series show in America is completely denied.

While a Google search will return a variety of results (especially since the show has its own name with the Marvel comic bookstore), Taskmaster is based on a fairly simple assumption: the five standing comedians take advantage of their quick actions by performing “tasks” of varying degrees of ridiculousness, trying to please the Taskmaster (comedian Greg Davies) and win a golden bust.

Yes and no. Greg Davies, Taskmaster, is a British comedian and actor. He plays the role of Taskmaster, but it is a combination of his personality and a cold, demanding character invented by the show. Next to him is the rude Alex Horne, who acts as his assistant, but also plays a role, as Horne is actually the show’s director and executive producer, as well as its creator.

Again, yes and no. It’s a game show in the sense that it has a group of contestants competing for a prize, but it’s not a game show because all the contestants already have a famous (at least in the UK – most of them will be less familiar in the US) audience that should consider this option. expand your comic horizon) and the prize is a golden bust of the Taskmaster head. The driving force behind the show is not the competition for the cash prize, it’s the light and often boring humor that comes from the participants ’attempts to complete tasks.

Presented by Alex Horne, but apparently identified by Taskmaster, the content of the tasks is very different, but always requires rude thinking and a willingness on the part of the contestants to make fun of themselves. There are several tasks in sequence each week: the first task of the episode is always a prize task, during which the contestant brings one of their items and the winner of the series has to take full ownership. house.

It would be a stupid task to try to connect the dots between the remaining tasks, but the easiest way to explain the chaos is by giving examples. Previous assignments have included everything from orders like “make as much noise as possible” to “impress this mayor” to “get the best gift from Taskmaster”, the last of which was won by comedian Josh Widdicombe with a Taskmaster name tattooed on his leg. forever – that’s how much competitors want to go to win what basically defends rights.