Taskmaster: Series 2
February 17, 2021 5:31 AM - Season 2 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Contestants are Doc Brown, Joe Wilkinson, Jon Richardson, Katherine Ryan, and Richard Osman. Come to watch a man throw a potato, stay for an inanimate object that looks like someone, be rewarded by watching them hide the pineapple. All episodes are on the Taskmaster channel on YouTube.
posted by Huffy Puffy (12 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Joe Wilkinson's potato throw... one of the funniest AND saddest things I have ever seen.
posted by Pendragon at 6:33 AM on February 17, 2021 [11 favorites]

VAR before VAR.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:51 AM on February 17, 2021 [1 favorite]

This season gave me an entirely new appreciation of Katherine Ryan - previously I guess I'd probably only seen her on Eight out of Ten Cats Does Countdown where her persona didn't really click, but over the course of 5 episodes she really impressed me with her ability to see a problem, figure out a solution, and implement it with a laser focus.
posted by Kyol at 7:06 AM on February 17, 2021

And she is funny as hell.
posted by Pendragon at 7:17 AM on February 17, 2021 [3 favorites]

All episodes are on the Taskmaster channel on YouTube (in the US)

Available in the UK on Channel 4.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 9:15 AM on February 17, 2021 [3 favorites]

"What's your naaame?"
"No it's noooot."
"Yes it iiiis."
"I chaaAAAnged it!"
posted by pykrete jungle at 10:18 PM on February 17, 2021 [5 favorites]

If you aren’t already listening to the Taskmaster Podcast they are just starting to go through discussing season two!
posted by Swisstine at 8:11 AM on February 18, 2021

I had seen Katherine Ryan from my partner watching her show The Duchess, which I enjoyed in small doses, but whole episodes of people being terrible, even hilariously, often don't do it for me. I was worried I'd feel the same here.

I did not. She was so good. So smart. And yeah, hi. lar. ious.
posted by solotoro at 6:09 PM on February 18, 2021

This season gave me an entirely new appreciation of Katherine Ryan

I'm only one episode in to this season but I totally concur. She's smart on the show, gracious to the other panelists and I'd really only seen her on Big Fat Quiz where Jimmy Carr seemed to take some pleasure in really kind of ragging on her in ways that felt kind of severe so I had always wondered "Gee is she kinda terrible?" (I'm aware Carr is kinda terrible) So it's a delight to find that not only she not terrible, she's a lot of fun.

If you aren’t already listening to the Taskmaster Podcast....

posted by jessamyn at 8:28 PM on February 20, 2021 [1 favorite]

I've been doing a rewatch along with the podcast, so I'm only on the first ep of this season, but I have to say that this season isn't one I'd consider to be a favorite, yet it somehow has so many great moments -- and weirdly, most of them revolve around Joe (who is the first guest of this season on the podcast -- if anyone isn't also listening to the podcast, I recommend it!).

I'd only known Joe from 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (aka Catsdown) and did not care for his schtick on it, but I ended up really loving him on Taskmaster. Starting, of course, with that epic potato throw and ensuing drama, but also the Calippos (so impressive, and I'm not even a mayor!), and the look on his face when he realizes that there's strength in arches.

It's surprising that this season is so short (only five episodes!) when I've grown used to the 10 episodes seasons, yet it's the catalyst for overanalyzing the wording on the cards to figure out sneaky ways around them -- as well putting little clues and things where most (or none) of the contestants will actually read it but it will give them the key to winning the task.
posted by paisley sheep at 9:34 PM on February 20, 2021 [1 favorite]

For the speaking Swedish task I'm a bit surprised that none of the contestants tried to see if they knew some common third language like French or Pig Latin. Also that no one used Google Translate on their phone, but maybe it didn't have Swedish back when this was recorded? But hindsight is 20-20 for a lot of these.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 12:54 PM on February 22, 2021 [1 favorite]

And it took until the series finale for me to work out that they always put Richard Osman and Jon Richardson on the same team and called it "father and son" not because Richard is very tall and Jon very short but because their names are Richard and Richardson.

Also, "there's strength in arches!"
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 12:36 PM on February 24, 2021 [1 favorite]

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