Taskmaster series 16 began airing on Channel 4 in late September and viewers met the latest crop of comedians vying to become champion.

For those unfamiliar, Taskmaster is a long-running comedic game show format currently airing on Channel 4.

Each series features five contestants, primarily comedians, who compete against each other in ridiculous tasks to win a golden trophy bust of Greg Davies’ head.

As usual, the line-up includes a mixture of familiar comedic names as well as up-and-coming rising talent.

That being said, viewers’ pre-knowledge of contestants may vary – in any case, all five will be familiar faces by the end of the series.

Since we’re not quite there yet, let’s get everyone up to speed as to who’s currently facing Greg Davies’ wrath.

1. Julian Clary

Channel 4

Age: 64

Known as: Comedian/presenter

Twitter/X: @JulianClary

Julian Clary is a man of many talents – comedian, television presenter, novelist and actor of both stage and screen are some of his guises.

Could this experience help him in Taskmaster? Only time will tell.

2. Lucy Beaumont

Channel 4

Age: circa 39-40 (born 1983)

Known as: Comedian/actress/writer

Twitter/X: @LucyABeaumont

Aside from being a comedian in her own right, Lucy Beaumont is married to Taskmaster alum Jon Richardson; the two appear together on Meet The Richardsons.

Could he have given her insider tips on how to succeed on Taskmaster?

3. Sam Campbell

Channel 4

Age: 32

Known as: Stand-up comedian/actor

Twitter/X: N/a

Australian comic Sam Campbell is a new face to UK audiences – he’s appeared on the likes of Bloods and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Could his quirky approach help him go all the way in Taskmaster series 16?

4. Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins Taskmaster series 16
Channel 4

Age: 54

Known as: Actress/comedian/broadcaster

Twitter/X: @sueperkins

Sue Perkins’ comedy partner Mel Giedroyc already appeared on Taskmaster – and Sue herself has done The Masked Singer.

Could this competitive edge be enough to take her to victory?

5. Susan Wokoma

Susan Wokoma Taskmaster Series 16
Channel 4

Age: 35

Known as: Actress/writer/director

Twitter/X: N/a

RADA-trained actress Susan Wokoma has appeared in projects including Netflix’s hit Enola Holmes films opposite Millie Bobby Brown.

Could this be enough to crack the mystery to Taskmaster success?

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