Award-winning comedian Alex Horne is the creator and co-host of the Dave TV show Taskmaster – “funny, revealing, and glorious” (The Times) – which returned for its sixth series in 2018. The show has been nominated for the Virgin TV BAFTA Awards’ Best Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme 2017 and for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme 2018, the International Emmy Awards’ Non-Scripted Entertainment 2017, Royal Television Society Awards’ Best Entertainment Programme in 2017 and for the Broadcast Awards’ Best Entertainment Show in 2016 and 2017, which it went on to win in 2018. In 2018 Comedy Central aired the show in the USA with Reggie Watts hosting alongside Alex.
Alex is also known for hosting iTunes chart-topping and Chortle Award-nominated podcast Alex Horne Breaks the News (Dave). He is the creator and frontman of The Horne Section, a five-piece band of multitalented musicians who put a stupidly unique twist to musical comedy. Their show Alex Horne Presents: The Horne Section played to sold-out audiences for five consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe, which led them to continue it for three series as a BBC Radio 4 show. The band has made several appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) and is the only band ever to host Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2). They made their own Christmas mini-special for Sky Arts in 2015 titled A Horne Section Christmas and their one-off special, The Horne Section Television Programme was aired by Dave in 2018.
Alex’s numerous TV appearances include two series as co-host of We Need Answers (BBC4), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), The Matt Lucas Awards (BBC1), Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums (Dave), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1), Celebrity Chase (ITV), 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 a Perrier Newcomer Award nomination for his first show Making Fish Laugh in 2003. He has 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