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EDINBURGH 2011: ALEX HORNE - 'TASKMASTER II'

Following the unexpected success of last year’s shambles, ALEX HORNE presents the second Taskmaster Showdown at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the summer of 2009 ALEX appointed himself the TASKMASTER in a bid to appease his inner control freak. For the following twelve months he set a disparate group of desperate comedians increasingly ludicrous challenges which, to his delight, they set about accomplishing with both wit and vigour; JOSIE LONG drank a pint of red wine, TOM BASDEN wrote a tender love song and LLOYD LANGFORD smashed a bottle on his own head.

Ultimately, MIKE WOZNIAK emerged victorious, mainly because he managed to send ALEX a 200 foot ice sculpture of an eagle on a horse through the post and, as well as receiving a bountiful prize, he won the right to join ALEX on the Taskmaster II panel. Together they are the Taskforce and together they’ll be presenting the results of the subsequent competition.

This year’s tasks have been even more ridiculous and the challengers yet more eager so it's set to be a cracking hour and a half of debauched rivalry. Who has donated the most expensive item to the prize fund? Who managed to cheer up MARK OLIVER? And who correctly guessed the weight of ALEX’s baby?

TIM KEY, MARK WATSON, JOSIE LONG, HENNING WEHN, STUART GOLDSMITH, BRUCE DESSAU, DAN ATKINSON, LLOYD LANGFORD, JOE WILKINSON and STEVE HALL are all in the running to make off with MIKE’s title and, with a bit of luck, they’ll all be there to make their case and, if need be, nod as many times as possible in a minute (this was the only way to split WOZNIAK and TIM FITZHIGHAM at the climax of the 2010 tournament).

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 Taskmaster II he’ll also be heading up to Edinburgh with his new 2011 solo show, Seven Year’s in a Bathroom. 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: Gilded Balloon Debating Hall
Date: 26th August
Time: 3.00pm
Box Office: 0131 622 6552

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.