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ALEX HORNE: SEVEN YEARS IN THE BATHROOM

From 5th February, Chortle Award Winning comedian ALEX HORNE will perform his new show Seven Years in a Bathroom - the ultimate stat-based fun-packed thought-provoking experimental-and-sometimes-stupid hour-long comedy show - in venues nationwide, including a run at London’s Soho Theatre.

ALEX HORNE has spent more than a decade building shows around niche subjects like bird watching, Latin, dictionaries and quantum mechanics including Making Fish Laugh which saw him nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. 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.

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

In 2011 ALEX returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with three shows: the innovative Jazz comedy show, The Horne Section - which following a sell out run at the coveted late night spot in the Famous Spiegeltent has been commissioned for a radio 4 series; 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; and this solo stand-up show Seven Years in a Bathroom. Recently ALEX filmed his own documentary for BBC Four, The Games that Time Forgot: Cricket on Horseback and Other Forgotten Sports and appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His other recent credits include The Percy Edwards Showdown, Loose Ends 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 Seven Years in the Bathroom in Edinburgh:

“Quirky, warm and witty…. hugely entertaining”
Chortle

“Rarely has so much hard work gone into making a comedy show so effortlessly entertaining”
Three Weeks

For further information please contact Alex Beedell, Celeste Berry or Dan Lloyd at Avalon on:
alexb@avalonuk.com / celeste@avalonuk.com / danl@avalonuk.com or 0207 598 7222


TOUR DATES


February
Sunday 5th Leicester Comedy Festival - Leicester Firebug
Saturday 11th Lytham St. Annes Lowther Pavilion 01253 658666


March
Monday12th Soho Theatre 0207 478 0100
Tuesday 13th Soho Theatre 0207 478 0100
Wednesday 14th Soho Theatre 0207 478 0100
Thursday 15th Soho Theatre 0207 478 0100
Friday 16th Soho Theatre 0207 478 0100
Saturday 17th Soho Theatre 0207 478 0100

May
Wednesday 2nd Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352
Friday 4th Great Torrington, The Plough Arts Centre 01805 624624.
Saturday 5th Salisbury Arts Centre 01722 321744
Tuesday 8th Cambridge Junction 01223 511 511
Sunday 13th Brighton Komedia 01273 647 100
Sunday 20th Darlington Hilarity Bites 07747 803060
Monday 21st Newcastle The Stand 0844 693 3336
Tuesday 22nd Edinburgh The Stand 0131 558 7272
Wednesday 22nd Glasgow The Stand 0844 335 8879
Saturday 26th Reading South Street 0118 960 6060
Tuesday 29th Leeds Carriageworks 0113 224 3801

June
Saturday 2nd Truro Hall for Cornwall 01872 262 466
Saturday 9th Chelmsford Cramphorn Theatre 01245 606505
Sunday 10th Warwick Arts Centre Studio 024 7652 4524
Tuesday 12th Harrogate Theatre Studio 01423 502116
Saturday 16th Didcot Cornerstone 01235 515144

July
Wednesday 4th Aldershot, West End Centre 01252 330040
Saturday 7th Colchester Arts Centre 01206 500900
Saturday 14th Folkestone Quarterhouse 01303 858500


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.