“Every episode is funny and surprising. This is the show I have recommended most often and most insistently to my friends and family”
Margaret Lyons, The New York Times


“One of the most consistently entertaining comedy game shows on air these days”
Clare Martin, Paste Magazine


“there’s never been a better time for Taskmaster, one of Great Britain’s many hidden television gems, to finally make its way to the United States”
 Lauren Coates, Vulture


It has just been announced that the BAFTA and National Comedy Award winning, and International Emmy nominated show Taskmaster is set to have a world premiere of its brand-new Season 17 in New York this month. The first episode of the international hit show will be shown for the first time ever at 7:30pm on Monday March 25th at Rodney’s Comedy Club. A limited number of tickets to the special event can be found at rodneycomedy.com.


The screening will include an exclusive in-person Q&A with the Taskmaster himself Greg Davies and Alex Horne, his dutiful assistant (and show creator) as well as a live task with the audience.


The news arrives ahead of the launch Taskmaster Season 17 which will air in the UK at 9pm, Thursday March 28th on Channel 4, and 5pm EDT & 2pm PDT, Friday March 29th on the Official Taskmaster YouTube Channel and the streaming platform Taskmaster SuperMax+.


The brand-new season features Joanne McNally, John Robins, Nick Mohammed, Sophie Willan and Steve Pemberton as the formidable five contestants hoping to pass the Taskmaster’s muster with their best attempts in the hopes of raising the weighty trophy above their head and calling themselves a Taskmaster champion.


Taskmaster season 17 airs weekly from 9pm, Thursday March 28th 2024 in the UK, and

from 5pm EDT & 2pm PDT, Friday March 29th on the Official Taskmaster YouTube Channel, and the streaming platform Taskmaster SuperMax+


Previews available




[The show’s] simple premise has achieved immense popularity… This, in all of its weirdness, is the magic of Taskmaster”
Chris Karnadi, The Atlantic


“Taskmaster” is the funniest show on TV you’re not watching, and it has been since 2015. It’s probably the funniest show on TV, period. And there are 16 seasons, all streaming for free on YouTube, to brighten your life.”
Kelly Lawler, USA Today


“Television’s most joyful celebration of silliness and lateral thinking has had a great 2023”
William Hughes, A.V. Club


“Among the thriving ecosystem of panel shows in the United Kingdom, one reigns supreme across the pond: Taskmaster. The uproariously silly and witheringly hilarious show… The program has exploded in popularity in the U.S. over the past few years, thanks to a strong YouTube presence, even stronger word-of-mouth support, and the sheer quality of the comedy”
Pete Volk, Polygon


“Taskmaster has risen from a strange little British comedy show to becoming a global cult phenomenon”
Jeremy Fuster, The Wrap


‘Taskmaster’ Is the Next Show You Should Binge-Watch”
Tara Ariano, Cracked

“The delightful British comedy show”
Lauren Piester, The Messenger


“Greg Davies and Alex Horne have made the UK’s Taskmaster into an addictive cultural phenomenon”
Brittany Frederick, CBR


“The show is absurd, the tasks are pointless, and currently, its YouTube channel is buttressing a significant portion of my emotional well-being… Watching Taskmaster feels like watching your funniest friends do stupid shit outside a bar after several beers — ridiculous, endearing, and sometimes genuinely impressive”
Magdeleine Aggeler, The Cut


“widely entertaining series…It’s a clever take on the classic British panel show format that doubles as a devious way to torture its celebrity guests — with hilarious, and occasionally genius, results.”
Lauren Messman, The New York Times


“Taskmaster is a weird show where weirdos thrive, and series 16 has been an all-timer in terms of eccentric contestants… it is the kind of thing that makes Taskmaster so special”
Jen Lennon, The A.V. Club


“there is perhaps no better show for American audiences to discover right now…Every episode is funny and silly and exciting”
Lea Palmieri, The Decider


“you’re going to need to tune in… Prepare yourselves for the giggle of a lifetime… and if you haven’t yet set your eyes upon this feast of comedy, you are in for a treat.”
Lauren Piester, E!


“Taskmaster is arguably one of the better things to ever come out of England”
Sam Barsanti, AV Club


“It’s the gift from across the pond that keeps on giving”
Allegra Rosenberg, Polygon






“The singular Taskmaster vibes have, as ever, effortlessly incorporated another five comics – and this latest series suggests the show is in no danger of running out of steam any time soon”
Phil Harrison, The Observer


“We salute Alex Horne’s ingenuity and Greg Davies’ quick wit – their superb game show is back”
Eleanor Relf, The Sun


“It’s a sign of Taskmaster’s greatness that I’m invariably sorry to see the last of each season’s competitors… It’s the group dynamic that is so enjoyable”
Gerrard Gilbert, The I


“Greg Davies’s chaotic game show is always a showcase of British comedic talent, and this new series promises to be no different”
Poppie Platt, The Daily Telegraph


“Once a hidden gem watched by only a cult few, now big star comedians queue up for a place on this bonkers game show”
Sara Wallis, The Mirror


“There’s a reason we’re now watching the 16th series of Taskmaster – the inventive format is the real star of the show… it’s clear the behind-the-scenes team aren’t losing their touch”
Huw Fullerton, Radio Times


“Every series has a unique feel, generated by the chemistry between the contestants and first impressions here are good”
Joe Clay, The Times


“Greg Davies and ‘little’ Alex Horne welcome a new batch of celebrities to take part in silly games and twisted challenges over the coming weeks… We can surely look forward to plenty of funny moments”
★★★★ Mike Mulvihil, Daily Mail


“the wacky tasks and game-for-a-laugh celebs ensure Taskmaster shows no signs of going stale”
Gemma Graham, The Sun


“it remains one of television’s most entertaining forms of escapism”
The Telegraph


“This latest series of entertaining comedy game show has one of the best line-ups yet”
★★★★ Heat


“Another batch of comedians take on more weird and wonderful challenges as the hugely entertaining comedy game show returns”
★★★★★ Judy Ewens, TV Times Magazine


“Taskmaster has had 15 series in 8 years but is still as funny and inventive as when it started”
Digital Spy


“easily one of the best shows on telly and definitely one of the maddest. Just watch it. It will make you smile”
Love it!


“weeks of hilarious tomfoolery”
TV & Satellite Week




Venue: Rodney’s Comedy Club, 1118 1st Ave., New York, NY 10065, United States
Date: Monday March 25th
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: rodneycomedy.com.


For more information contact:



Florrie Sheehan – FSheehan@avalonuk.com
42 West

Britney Ross – Britney.Ross@42west.net

Tara Fitzpatrick – Tara.Fitzpatrick@42West.Net


Notes to Editors: 


  • Taskmaster is a BAFTA winning and International Emmy nominated comedy entertainment show originally created by Alex Horne. Greg Davies stars as the all-powerful “Taskmaster” who, with the help of his loyal assistant Horne, sets out to test the wiles, wit and wisdom of five comedians through a series of strange and surreal challenges in what is the most hard-fought and ridiculous comedy entertainment format on TV.


  • 159 episodes have been produced in the UK so far, as part of a landmark six season deal with Channel 4 in 2020, which has recently been renewed for a further six series by the broadcaster following nine record-breaking series on UKTV’s Dave.


  • Over the past year, Taskmaster triumphed as one of Channel 4’s most popular programmes, coming in as the channel’s third most streamed title of the year with 2.3 billion viewing minutes recorded across all series watched in 2023. The launch episode of series 15 alone has had 85.4million streaming minutes viewed so far. Previously, the show enjoyed its best performance on record with its Channel 4 launch which reached 3.9 million consolidated views after the first episode, winning the majority share of young viewers 16 – 34’s and making it the best-performing new entertainment show of the year (Broadcast, 2020). Watched by a broad multi-generational audience, it was Channel 4’s youngest skewing series last year, and in terms of audience share of young viewers (16-34) it is in the top three in the coveted 9pm slot, with Gogglebox and Derry Girls. Taskmaster is also hugely popular on All 4, where it is available for free and, since 2021, the average views per episode [0-7Days, O+O] have grown for the title with each series. Since the programme’s initial launch in 2015 on UKTV’s Dave, Taskmaster’s audience has grown by 80% from series one to series nine.

  • Taskmaster was crowned Best Comedy Entertainment Show at the National Comedy Awards 2022 and 2023, Best Comedy Entertainment at the BAFTAs 2020 and won Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2018, having previously received two more nominations for the Broadcast Awards and recently picking up its third BAFTA nomination for the 2023 ceremony. It has also been nominated for the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award at the NTA’s 2021 and 2022, Best Comedy Entertainment at Rose d’Or 2023, Studio Entertainment at Rose d’Or 2021, Best Entertainment Programme at the RTS Awards, Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, the Broadcast Digital Awards, Edinburgh TV Award, the TV Choice Awards, and Best Returning Format in the International Format Awards 2020.


  • The original Taskmaster programme has been sold to 94 countries and aired on The CW in the U.S. in 2020.


  • Over 61 seasons and 560 episodes have been commissioned outside the UK with local versions now in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Nordics, Croatia and Portugal where it ranked first for most watched entertainment programs on its channel RTP 1.  Taskmaster Australia launched on Channel 10 where it became the channel’s top new show of the year and received a nomination for Most Outstanding Comedy at the Logies, produced by Avalon Television with Kevin&Co and featuring Tom Gleeson as the Taskmaster with Tom Cashman as the Taskmaster’s Assistant, and Taskmaster New Zealand has received funding for a fourth season from New Zealand On Air to play on TVNZ and TVNZ+ in 2023, while it won Best Entertainment Show at eh NZ TV Awards for this third series. The first season of Le Maitre du Jeu for Bell Media, which aired in Canada in September 2022, increased Noovo’s performance in the Thursday time slot by 50%, while the UK original won Canada’s film and TV Rockie Awards 2023 for best Comedy and Variety show.


  • The format has seen huge success in Europe, with the Swedish version reaching ratings of over a 50% market share in a primetime weekend slot on SVT and now in its seventh series. Norway’s original version of Taskmaster, Kongen Befaler, won the Norwegian TV Academy Award (Gullruten) for Best Entertainment Show in 2022, where an eighth season is in production for Discovery. Finland’s version of Taskmaster, Suurmestari, won Game Show of the Year at the Venla Gaala awards, with a fourth series ordered by MTV, and Stormester, Denmark’s Taskmaster, which is now in its seventh series, won Best Game Show at the 2022 Vindere Awards, with TV2 commissioning a ‘Champion of Champions’ series for 2023.


  • The Taskmaster YouTube channel has seen huge success internationally, reaching over 9 billion impressions since it first launched in October 2019, with just over 640 million views and over 1.4 million subscribers, of which over a third are from North America. The channel has had over 148 million hours’ worth of content viewed with 52% of those hours from North America (78 million hours watched). The show has grown significantly in popularity with American audiences and over the last year there have been a total of 92 million views.


  • The Taskmaster book ‘200 Extraordinary Tasks for Ordinary People’ was published in 2018, while a second book ‘Bring Me The Head of the Taskmaster’ was published in September 2021 and combined they have sold 180,000 copies to date. Both books featured as Sunday Times Bestsellers at launch. The Swedish version of the book has sold 108,000 copies to date.


  • For the first time, Taskmaster is entering the world of virtual reality with the brand new upcoming virtual reality game, Taskmaster VR. Published by Scallywag Arcade, a Draw & Code studio, Taskmaster VR is set to launch in 2024 for Meta Quest 2 and 3.


  • The festive season saw the launch of brand-new Taskmaster Crackers which entirely sold out before they hit the shelves at pre-sale. Having currently sold over a quarter of a million crackers to fans across the world, production has gone into overdrive to meet phenomenal demand in time for Christmas. They are currently on sale and can be found on the Taskmaster Store as well as Amazon where they became an official No.1 best-seller and have been ordered by fans across 58 countries around the globe including in North America, Australia, Thailand, South Korea and Iceland among other countries.


  • A Taskmaster boardgame was released in Autumn 2019 and entirely sold out a week after it went on sale. It has sold over 250,000 copies to date along with an expansion pack. A second game, Taskmaster The Secret Series Game was released in 2022. Taskmaster The Card Game was released in September 2022 and has sold over 70,000 copies to date. All the games are available to buy from the official Taskmaster shop, TaskmasterStore.com.


  • Taskmaster Education takes elements of the show and uses them to inspire, engage and teach children and young people. Tasks can be adapted to meet a near infinite range of teacher objectives, whether curriculum-based or more focused on social and emotional development. Taskmaster Club launched in September 2023, offering schools across the country the opportunity to host after school clubs that bring Little Alex Horne and the silly joy of Taskmaster into their classrooms. Over 800 schools in the UK have registered to date on com.



  • Taskmaster is working with Homeless Link; the national membership charity for frontline homelessness services, creating a virtual Taskmaster at Home event with all the money raised going to homeless charities across the UK. Having raised over £125,000, more information on the virtual event can be found here.



  • The launch of series 13 also saw the unveiling of the brand new Taskmaster App; a show companion where viewers can watch the show on TV and score along at home, taking on the role of the mighty Taskmaster themselves. The app also features the Taskmaster Academy with quizzes from every series of the show, group and solo tasking games, and a Jukebox featuring all of the music from the show.


Taskmaster can be watched on:
Channel 4 / All 4
Taskmaster YouTube Channel