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NOMINEE: BEST NEWCOMER 2003
WINNER CHORTLE AWARD 'BREAKTHROUGH ACT 2004'
A hugely talented and diverse young comedian, 27 year-old Alex Horne has already established a remarkable reputation among critics, comics and audiences as a gifted gag-smith, prolific writer and one of the most creative solo performers at work today.
2005 saw Alex take his brand new show 'When In Rome' to the Edinburgh Festival, which totally sold out and received rave reviews.
In March 2006 Alex and his assistant Tim Key set off on a UK tour - to Roman towns only!
In 2004 Alex and Tim returned to Edinburgh with Alex's new show 'Every Body Talks'; an ambitious series of experimental lectures in which the audience's body language was examined under his unique comedic microscope. Again the inventive approach, delicately crafted material and unusual style proved exceptionally successful with festival-goers and journalists alike and Alex is now working on developing the show for both radio and television.
"They blend intriguing intellectual content with a persistent playfulness that keeps you gripped for an hour... a beguiling blend of the smart and the stupid, conveyed by a blithely brilliant double act; straight man and straighter man. A real delight" - Dominic Maxwell, The Times
"A subtly-structured piece of gentle genius which explores non-verbal communication, complete with pie charts, graphics and an odd picture of Ken Dodd" - Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
"One white male who really should have received a (Perrier) nomination is Alex Horne, who was a newcomer nominee last year and whose new show, 'Every Body Talks', is more ambitious in imagination and complexity. Stand-up purists may balk at the quantity of props, but this is the most inventive show I have seen this year" - Stephanie Merritt, The Observer
"The concept is ambitious, the execution delightful and the atmosphere charming. Put simply, 'Every Body Talks' is unlike anything else you will see on the Fringe. Which is exactly why you should go" - Steve Bennett, Chortle
In August 2003 Alex took his innovative, interactive and hotly-tipped debut show 'Making Fish Laugh' to the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival. The show saw Alex and Tim Key recreate experiments carried out by scientists in 1976 to find out exactly what it is that makes humans laugh. By combining studious research, his own unique brand of twisted logic and some quite complicated puns with psychological theories and inappropriate science he managed to create one of the undisputed hits of the fringe.
"Extremely well-conceived and executed, this makes for a fine hour laughing about laughter" - Steve Jelbert, The Independent
"This delightfully daft lecture elevates him into a new league" - Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
"Being blinded by science has rarely seemed this fun" - Nick Awde, The Stage
"This is a hugely impressive debut. Conditions for laughter at the fringe? Alex Horne's gig" - Alex O'Connell, The Times
After the festival Alex transferred his show to a season in the West End at the prestigious Soho Theatre where he sold out every date before moving on to various other exotic locations including the Singapore Comedy Festival and the Arts Theatre in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
In between all of this, Alex is currently appearing in the top comedy clubs, pubs and theatres all over Britain including Jongleurs and The Comedy Store. In previous years he completed a 45-date national tour with Robert Llewellyn and has written and performed with Craig Charles on ITV and Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions for BBC3. Alex also featured in the celebrated comedy series 'Spanking New' on Radio 7 and 'Laugh Out Loud', a documentary with the artist Nicola Green on Radio 4.
"Brilliant one liners" - The Times
"Horne has superb timing and fascinating delivery... Pure comedy gold" - Metro
"Not in a long time have I seen a comedian break down the barriers with his audience and put faith in them in such a funny and original way" - The Herald
"A quick witted and genial comedian" - The Independent
and Radio Credits
2005 Television Pilot 'Alex Horne, Making Fish Laugh' Endemol & Channel 4
2005 Radio 'Laugh Out Loud', BBC Radio 4
2005 Radio 'The Paul & Andy Show', talkSPORT 1053 or 1089 MW
2005 Commercial 'Kung Fu Pupil', WKD
2004 Television 'The best of.. 'I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here', Granada Television
2004 Radio 'An Interview with...', Forth FM
2004 Television 'Weapons of Mass Distraction', Endemol, ITV
2004 Television '100 Greatest Tearjerkers', Shine, Channel 4
2004 Radio 'Rowland Rivron's Show', LBC
2004 Radio 'talkSPORT Round up', talkSPORT 1053 or 1089 MW
2004 Television '101 Most Shocking Moments In Entertainment', Shine, Channel 5
2004 Commercial 'Kung Fu Pupil', WKD
2003 Radio 'Spanking New on 7', BBC Radio 7
2003 Commercial 'Kung Fu Pupil', WKD
2003 Commercial 'Shop customer', WKD
2003 Radio 'Christian O'Connell Show', XFM 104.9 FM