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EDINBURGH 2011: ALEX HORNE - 'SEVEN YEARS IN THE BATHROOM'

The ultimate stat-based fun-packed thought-provoking experimental-and-sometimes-stupid hour-long comedy show. ALEX HORNE presents Seven Years in a Bathroom at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

ALEX HORNE has spent more than a decade building Edinburgh shows around niche subjects like bird watching, Latin, dictionaries and quantum mechanics. Now he’s decided to raise his game. ALEX is going to have a crack at life itself, and to mark this massive shift he’s going to write the rest of this in the first person.

I like statistics. I particularly like the one that says, “If the history of the earth is condensed into a single year then humans only arrive at five to midnight on New Year’s Eve”. That’s a good one. Mainly because it makes you think, blimey, just in time; isn’t the earth old and isn’t my tiny life insignificant.

So, I’ve now made my own show all about statistics. But because I think our lives are occasionally just a little bit significant I’m only going to focus on that miniscule human section of history. And instead of just reeling out a load of these mind-blowing facts, I’m going to physically demonstrate them on stage with my own human body.

I’m going to show you exactly what it would look like if a human life was condensed into one hour. That’s the big idea. You may well have heard that in your life you’ll spend two years queuing, two weeks kissing and three months opening jars, well, now you’re going to see what that would look like in the context of your entire life. There will also be some jokes, but mainly it’ll be a typical human existence squeezed into an hour.

There will, of course, be some nifty presentation techniques (I’ve moved on from PowerPoint to the mighty Keynote), but the big news is I’ll be attempting several things for the first time ever in public: wearing a bathrobe, drinking exactly 100 ml of cider and simulating sex to name a few. It’ll be about as rock and roll as a geek like me could ever dare dream.

To date ALEX has brought seven solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, including Making Fish Laugh in 2003 which saw him nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award and 2004’s Chortle Award winning Every Body Talks. In 2010 he returned with three shows; his solo stand-up show Odds, the innovative Jazz comedy show, The Horne Section, and The Taskmaster. In addition to Seven Years in a Bathroom he will also be heading up to Edinburgh with Taskmaster II - a one off show concluding a year long challenge in which ALEX has persuaded 20 of his favourite comedians to take part on a covert competition. 2010 saw ALEX film his own documentary for BBC Four, The Games that Time Forgot: Cricket on Horseback and Other Forgotten Sports. His other recent credits include The Percy Edwards Showdown, Loose Ends and The Horne Section for BBC Radio 4 and The Verb, for BBC Radio 3. ALEX’s world record attempt to be the world’s oldest man can now be followed on the Innocent sponsored website: http:longlivealex.com
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What the press has said about Alex Horne:
“The future of British Comedy” Shortlist
“A beguiling blend of the smart and the stupid. . . a real delight” Sunday Times

LISTINGS INFORMATION
Venue: Pleasance Dome
Date: 3rd - 28th August (not 15th)
Time: 8:20pm
Box Office: 0131 556 6550

For more information and press tickets, please contact: edinburghpress@avalonuk.com or phone: Celeste Berry, Nicola Wilkinson, Debra Clavey, Alex Beedell or Dan Lloyd on 020 7598 7222


AVALON PROMOTIONS


Avalon Promotions Limited is one of the leading promoters of live comedy in the UK, bringing household names and breakthrough comedy acts to stages across the country.

This year alone will see; RUSSELL HOWARD continue extended arena tour Right Here, Right Now, performing to over 240,000 people, including 3 dates at London’s O2; AL MURRAY - THE PUB LANDLORD turn his attention to the needs of his Beautiful British public with the second extension of critically acclaimed national tour Barrel of Fun Extra: Classic Hits and New Bits; DAVE GORMAN take to the road with his hotly anticipated Powerpoint Presentation tour; CHRIS ADDISON’s new 39-date tour The Time is Now, Again; brand new tour Manscaping from Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 winner RUSSELL KANE; breakthrough BBC Three star LEE NELSON with fat legend ‘Omelette’ embark on their Well New Tour!; star of The Inbetweeners and Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 nominee GREG DAVIES continue his extended 93 date tour Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog; JENNY ECLAIR with Old Dog, New Tricks; RICHARD HERRING’s forthcoming tour What is Love, Anyway?; and present some of the UK’s fastest rising talent; Edinburgh Festival Award 2010 nominee GARETH RICHARDS, Chortle Award nominated PEACOCK & GAMBLE, Chortle Student Comedian of the Year finalist CHRIS RAMSEY, star of BBC Three hit comedy Him and Her JOE WILKINSON, Radio 1 DJ TOM DEACON and Chortle Award ‘Best Headliner’ 2011 nominee CRAIG CAMPBELL.


Avalon Promotions has staged major shows and tours including; NEWMAN & BADDIEL in the first ever comedy show at Wembley Arena; FRANK SKINNER’S record-breaking performance to an audience of 6,000 at the Battersea Power Station; Jerry Springer - The Opera in London’s West End, on national tour and at New York’s Carnegie Hall; HARRY HILL at the Palace and Dominion Theatres in London; DAVE GORMAN’S Googlewhack Adventure at the Sydney Opera House, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, on national tour and at the Village Theatre, New York; Grumpy Old Women Live, which has toured the UK three times and performed a highly successful run in Australia, LAURA SOLON winning the Perrier Award with her debut solo show; and FRANK SKINNER’S Credit Crunch Cabaret - offering recession hit audiences the chance to see acclaimed comedians for just £10.



This year Avalon presents 21 acts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it has promoted a total of 7 Perrier Award/Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and 18 Perrier Award/Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees in just 22 years.