Taskmaster Greg Davies and his assistant Alex Horne.

There will be even more laughs in Taskmaster’s 6th season – that’s just a mathematical fact. 

The comedy challenge show has been extended from 8 episodes to 10 giving the show’s hosts, Taskmaster Greg Davies and his assistant Alex Horne, more ways to test the mettle of their comedian contestants.

We’ve seen the likes of Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan and Noel Fielding take on the tasks before. 

Now, five more unlucky comedians will be sacrificed on the Taskmaster altar, all in the name of comedy. 

Meet the comedians:

New contestants Alice Levine, Asim Chaudhry, Russell Howard, Tim Vine and Liza Tarbuck surround the hosts.

Alice Levine

If you’ve ever listened to the podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno, then you will be familiar with Alice’s voice. 

She co-presents the podcast with Jamie Morton and James Cooper and, as of February 2018, it had over 100 million downloads internationally.

Asim Chaudhry

Asim is a comedian and actor best known for BBC comedy series People Just Do Nothing.

The series won the 2017 BAFTA award for Best Scripted Comedy and Asim was also nominated for Best Comedy Performance for playing failed entrepreneur Chabuddy G.

Liza Tarbuck

Liza’s name might sound familiar for more than one reason.

She is the daughter of comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, who hosted Sunday Night at the London Palladium in the 1960s as well as several variety and game shows in the decades following.

Liza is compiling an equally impressive resume, with appearances on comedy shows like Extras, French & Saunders, Upstart Crow as well as the dramas Silent Witness and Bleak House.

Russell Howard

This guy needs no introduction (but we’ll give him one anyway).

He’s got his own topical news show, The Russell Howard Hour which, by the way, is available to stream right here.

He has also popped up doing comedy, stand-up or otherwise, on Would I Lie To You?, Live At the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Gadget Man and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show – just to name a few.

Tim Vine

You might remember Tim from his time starring alongside Lee Mack and Miranda Hart in the BBC comedy series Not Going Out. He played Tim Adams for five seasons, before leaving in 2012. 

Since then he has appeared in the P.G. Wodehouse comedy Blandings and was a resident comedian on Celebrity Squares, with guest appearances on QI, Gadget Man and The Celebrity Chase.

Alex Horne and Alice Levine in Taskmaster.

But, as usual, it doesn’t matter what the comedians have done before, it all comes down to whether or not their antics impress the Taskmaster.

As Greg says, “some of these ratings are based on my personal opinion and I’ll tell you this – there’s nothing you can do about it”.

Let the one-upmanship begin!

Taskmaster has been renewed for 3 more 10-episode seasons (that’s 9 seasons in total!). 

Creator and Taskmaster assistant Alex Horne says he is “surprised by and indebted to the hitherto-respected performers who have agreed to put their careers on hold to do this stupid thing”. 

He also tried to put to rest his nickname of ‘little Alex Horne’ (given by the Taskmaster himself) by adding, “for the record, I’m well over six foot tall”.

Taskmaster season 6 starts Thursday 17 May at 8.30pm on DUKE.

The first 5 seasons of Taskmaster and the special Taskmaster: Champion of Champions are available to stream now!