COMEDY STARS CHALLENGED TO IMPRESS FORMER MAYOR
HOW do you impress a mayor?
That was the challenge for five comedians in the hit television comedy Taskmaster on Tuesday night (July 5)... and the mayor in question was last year’s Mayor of Chesham, Cllr Peter Hudson.
In a bid to win a perfect dinner date, the five contestants Doc Brown, Richard Osman, Jon Richardson, Katherine Ryan and Joe Wilkinson, were tasked with impressing the Mayor of Chesham.
Televised on Tuesday night, the programme showed Cllr Hudson sitting in the Chesham Town Council chamber demanding to be impressed – with varying degrees of success.
Cllr Hudson declared himself ‘quite impressed’ by a photograph of a pistachio eclair shown to him by Jon Richardson, however the added extras of an interesting rendition of Desperado and impersonations of a dolphin did little to add to the stand-up’s score.
Rapper and comedian Doc Brown fared a little better with his song, declaring afterwards he thought Cllr Hudson’s “barnet said show tunes” to him.
Joe Wilkinson dashed out of the Chesham Town Council offices when given the challenge, returning a few minutes later to present Cllr Hudson with 42 Calippo ice lollies and eight cans of strong lager. He later added £15 to the haul of goodies and came third in the challenge.
Richard Osman opted for poetry – delivered while juggling – to try and impress Cllr Hudson.
With lines like “One fine day to Chesham fair, I ventured forth to meet the Mayor” and “foes he has, but he’ll just kick ‘em, from Aylesbury, Chartridge and High Wycombe”, he was placed a respectable second in the challenge.
But the winner was Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan, who donned a pair of hip hop trousers for the occasion – “it didn’t go unnoticed,” said Cllr Hudson – and twerked while delivering a rap she decided should be sung in schools.
“Listen up kids, we’re gonna bin the Lord’s Prayer, Big up to the big guy that’s Chesham’s town mayor.
“That’s Peter Hudson: you know trust him.”
A clear winner in the eyes of host, comedian Greg Davies and the programme’s creator Alex Horne.
The programme aired on Dave at 10pm on Tuesday.
If you missed it, catch up – Taskmaster, season two, episode three at dave.uktv. that you can
Challenge:C Far left, Cllr Peter Hudson, former mayor of Chesham, on Taskmaster with Doc Brown. Above, enjoying lager and ice lollies with Jo Joe Wilkinson. Left, host Greg Davies and below th the show’s cast