With Taskmaster returning with a new series this week, a clip featuring show stalwart Alex Horne has blown fans away… and has also impressed fellow host Greg Davies.
This clip shows that Horne is not only a comedian but also a master of maths, able to do quick mental arithmetic.
Despite not having studied mathematics much in his education, Alex was a contestant in Countdown 2008 for four episodes.
In the clip, he is referred to as the “human calculator” as he works out the sum of random numbers being shouted at him by the other contestants.
He was joined on the show by actress Charlotte Ritchie and comedians Jamali Maddix, Lee Mack, Mike Wozniak and Sarah Kendall, all of whom put his mathematical skills to the test.
Greg Davies pulled out a calculator to verify his math skills, and everyone was amazed.
The sum was as follows:
13,243 + 8,000 ÷ 20 + 1
Do you think you know the answer? It may look simple at first, but it’s quite impressive when you consider that the number was just given to him in quick succession and not written down.
In the clip, Greg said: “Before you give me the answer, take your earpiece out”, insinuating the comedian would struggle with the sum.
But Alex Horne was very confident in his answer of “13,644” which stunned Greg into silence.
The crowd cheered while the contestants were still impressed and flabbergasted.
Greg concluded by jokingly saying: “That’s genuinely the best thing you’ve ever done, and I don’t mean on this show.”
Some viewers were impressed with his skills, but others weren’t so easily convinced.
One YouTube user commented: “If only Greg would have asked for proof of the Riemann hypothesis.”
Another user said: “His little brain must be so full with the entirety of maths.”