Alex Horne: Taskmaster II
The tasks range from the simple (Task 3: Guess the date of birth, weight, name etc of Horne's second baby) to the ridiculous (Task 5: Drink a pint of rainwater), and the comedians' endeavours are presented during the show.
Highlights included some impressive clay modelling skills from Goldsmith (Task 4: Make a statue of Alex Horne), Tim Key risking his 2009 Foster's Comedy Award trophy in a bid to win Task 1 (Send in something expensive), and a series of emails from Horne to Dessau - and only Dessau (comedy critic for the Evening Standard) - encouraging him to win Task 7 by jumping into the sea (which he did).
The whole show is thoroughly good fun, and a rare opportunity to see so many Festival favourites on the same stage.
The eventual winner was Josie Long, who beat Stu Goldsmith in a tie-break by fitting 18 grapes into her mouth. Her victory meant she won all the items submitted for Task 1, including Key's 2009 trophy; however, after her winner's speech she graciously returned it to him. As a nominee for this year's main Foster's award, she does after all have a chance to win her own to keep.
- Emma Watkins