Award-winning comedian Alex Horne has earned a reputation for thoughtful and original stand-up. He is the creator and co-host of Dave TV show Taskmaster – “funny, revealing, and glorious” (The Times) – which returns for its second and third series in 2016 and was nominated for the Broadcast Awards’ Best Entertainment Show. He is also known for hosting iTunes chart-topping and Chortle Award nominated podcast Alex Horne Breaks the News (Dave).
Alex is also creator and frontman of The Horne Section. Together, Alex and his five-piece band bring a quirky, jazz-fuelled twist to stand-up comedy. They have hosted three series of their own BBC Radio 4 show Alex Horne Presents: The Horne Section, which also played to sold-out audiences for five consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at the Soho Theatre. The band has made several appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) and was the only band ever to host Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2). They have recently starred in their first short film A Horne Section Christmas for Sky Arts.
Alex’s numerous TV appearances include two series as co-host of We Need Answers (BBC4), The Matt Lucas Awards (BBC1), Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums (Dave), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1) Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central (Channel 4), John Bishop’s Christmas Show (BBC1), Drunk History (Comedy Central) and The Games That Time Forgot, a documentary written and presented by Alex for BBC4.
Alex is an Edinburgh Fringe veteran, taking nine solo shows to the festival. He earned a Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2014 for his solo show Monsieur Butterfly, and the Perrier Newcomer Award for his first show Making Fish Laugh in 2003. He has also released two books with Virgin Publishing based on his critically-acclaimed Edinburgh shows Birdwatchingwatching in 2009 and Wordwatching in 2010.
“A beguiling blend of the smart and stupid….a real delight.”
The Sunday Times ****
“Horne has superb timing and fascinating delivery… Pure comedy gold”
“Certainly the most charming and probably the funniest half-hour of the radio week”
“Intriguing, poignant and funny and the final pay-off is edge-of-the-seat stuff”
Visit Alex’s website: alexhorne.com
Follow Alex on Twitter: @AlexHorne