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Alex Horne

Alex Horne is a British comedian best known as the creator of Taskmaster, in which he assists 'Taskmaster' Greg Davies, who in turn judges comedians on various absurd tasks during each episode. Often blending comedy and music, Horne also hosts 'The Horne Section', a live music variety show that has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Dave. A Dictionary Corner guest on several occasions with his band on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, he also appeared as a 'genuine' contestant in August 2008, winning three consecutive match-ups.

Biography

Alex Horne is a British musical comedian, best known as the host of 'The Horne Section', a live music variety act, and as the creator of Taskmaster on Dave, a comedy panel show in which he 'assists' the 'Taskmaster' Greg Davies, who tasks the assembled comedians each episode with the job of performing various ludicrous tasks. He is also known as the host of iTunes chart-topping and Chortle Award nominated podcast Alex Horne Breaks the News (Dave).

After being a 'real' contestant on the genuine version of Channel 4's Countdown in 2008, he has returned with the band for many times on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and is a regular favourite.

Horne's first forays into the comedy world began with an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, with a show entitled 'How To Avoid Huge Ships'. In 2003, his Edinburgh show 'Making Fish Laugh' was nominated for a Perrier newcomer award, and in 2004 he won the Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act.

Horne has also partnered with fellow comic Tim Key[/y] on numerous occasions, in particular shows including 'Every Body Talks' and 'When In Rome'. Both were known for including extensive use of PowerPoint in a mock-lecture style. He took the latter on tour in 2006.

In 2007 and 2008, Horne took his stand-up shows 'Birdwatching' and 'Wordwatching', respectively, to the Fringe festival, to great acclaim. After the successful completion of both, he signed a book deal with Virgin Publishing to write these stories as books, which were published in 2009 and 2010.

Between 2006 and 2007 he worked alongside fellow comedian Owen Powell in an attempt to find someone from every nationality living in London, finding residents from 189 of the UN's 192 countries.

In 2011 he compered 'The Horne Section', a comedy variety show, and this led BBC Radio 4 to commission three series of Alex Horne Presents the Horne Section, a musical comedy performance consisting of silly songs and deliberately mediocre singing ability. The Horne Section played to sold-out audience 5 years in a row at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2011 Horne appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, finishing second of all contestants with a specialist subject of comedian Ken Dodd.

In 2012 he chaired Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and the band accompanied him at various points during the quiz, performing several songs.

In May 2018, Horne presented The Horne Section Television Programme, a musical comedy stage show based on his BBC Radio 4 show. The Horne Section, that was recorded live at the London Palladium.

In 2011 he wrote and presented a documentary for BBC Four entitled The Games That Time Forgot, finding sports and leisure activities that have been lost over time. He has taken 9 solo shows to the Edinburgh festival, earning a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2014 for Monsieur Butterfly.

Known for seamlessly blending the serious and the downright silly, Horne's humour is warm, off-the-wall, and unexpected.

AKA
Little Alex Horne
Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Resident of
England (Chesham)

Awards

  • BAFTA Television Awards 2020 - Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment: Winner
  • British Podcast Awards 2019 - Best Comedy: Nominee (The Horne Section Podcast)
  • BAFTA Television Awards 2018 - Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment: Nominee
  • BAFTA Television Awards 2017 - Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment: Nominee
  • Chortle Awards 2015 - Award For Innovation: Winner
  • Chortle Awards 2014 - Internet Award: Nominee (Alex Horne Breaks The News)
  • Chortle Awards 2014 - Best Music or Variety Act: Winner
  • Chortle Awards 2013 - Best Music or Variety Act: Nominee
  • Chortle Awards 2008 - Award For Innovation: Nominee
  • Chortle Awards 2004 - Breakthrough Act: Winner
  • Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2003 - Best Newcomer: Nominee
Born
Sunday 10th September 1978 (42 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2023 Taskmaster - Series 15 Announced Host / Presenter
2023 Taskmaster - Series 15 Announced Writer
2022 Taskmaster - Series 14 Announced Host / Presenter
2022 Taskmaster - Series 14 Announced Writer
2022 Taskmaster - Series 13 Announced Host / Presenter
2022 Taskmaster - Series 13 Announced Writer
2022 Taskmaster - Series 12 Announced Host / Presenter
2022 Taskmaster - Series 12 Announced Writer
2021 Taskmaster - Series 11 Announced Host / Presenter
2021 Taskmaster - Series 11 Announced Writer
2020 Taskmaster - Series 10 Coming Soon Host / Presenter
2020 Taskmaster - Series 10 Coming Soon Writer
2020 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 19 (Channel 4: Series 20)
  1. Special - Highlights Special
Self
2020 The Last Leg - Series 20 - The Last Leg: Locked Down Under
  1. E5 - Episode Five
  2. E4 - Episode Four
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E2 - Episode Two
  5. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2020 Stuart Goldsmith's Infinite Sofa
  1. E29 - Episode Twenty Nine
Guest
2020 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 18 (Channel 4: Series 19)
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self
2019 The Last Leg - Series 18
  1. Special - The Last Leg Of The Year
Guest
2019 Taskmaster - Series 9 Host / Presenter
2019 Taskmaster - Series 9 Writer
2019 Taskmaster - Series 9 Executive Producer
2019 Taskmaster - Series 8 Host / Presenter
2019 Taskmaster - Series 8 Writer
2019 Taskmaster - Series 8 Executive Producer
2019 The Horne Section: That's How I Like My Tour Self
2018 The Last Leg - Series 15
  1. Special - The Last Leg Of The Year
Guest
2018 Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Were Self
2018 12 Days Of Jessmas
  1. E10 - Frosty The Snowman as Kate Bush
Self
2018 Taskmaster - Series 7 Host / Presenter
2018 Taskmaster - Series 7 Writer
2018 Taskmaster - Series 7 Executive Producer
2018 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 15 (Channel 4: Series 16)
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Self
2018 The Horne Section Television Programme Host / Presenter
2018 Taskmaster - Series 6 Host / Presenter
2018 Taskmaster - Series 6 Writer
2018 Taskmaster - Series 6 Executive Producer
2017 Taskmaster - Champion Of Champions
  1. E2 - I've Sinned Again
  2. E1 - Wiley Giraffe Blower
Host / Presenter
2017 Taskmaster - Champion Of Champions Writer
2017 Taskmaster - Champion Of Champions Executive Producer
2017 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 13 (Channel 4: Series 14)
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Self
2017 Taskmaster - Series 5 Host / Presenter
2017 Taskmaster - Series 5 Writer
2017 Taskmaster - Series 5 Executive Producer
2017 The Horne Section Self
2017 Taskmaster - Series 4 Host / Presenter
2017 Taskmaster - Series 4 Writer
2017 Taskmaster - Series 4 Executive Producer
2016 Drunk History - Christmas Special
  1. Christmas Special
Self
2016 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 10 (Channel 4: Series 11)
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Self
2016 Taskmaster - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2016 Taskmaster - Series 3 Writer
2016 Taskmaster - Series 3 Executive Producer
2016 Breaking The News - Series 4
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2016 Taskmaster - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2016 Taskmaster - Series 2 Writer
2016 Taskmaster - Series 2 Executive Producer
2016 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 4
  1. E10 - Episode Ten
Guest
2016 Heresy - Series 10
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2016 Don't Make Me Laugh - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2016 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 7 (Channel 4: Series 8)
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Self
2015 The Horne Section's Christmas Host / Presenter
2015 The Horne Section's Questions Sessions Self
2015 Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly Self
2015 Taskmaster - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2015 Taskmaster - Series 1 Writer
2015 Taskmaster - Series 1 Producer
2015 Taskmaster Creator
2015 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 6 (Channel 4: Series 7)
  1. E16 - Episode Sixteen
  2. E7 - Episode Seven
  3. E6 - Episode Six
Self
2015 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Self
2015 Drunk History - Series 1
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Self
2015 My Teenage Diary - Series 6
  1. E6 - Alex Horne
Guest
2014 John Bishop's Christmas Show - John Bishop's Christmas Show 2014
  1. John Bishop's Christmas Show 2014
Guest
2014 BBC New Comedy Award - 2014
  1. E8 - London Heat 2
  2. E7 - London Heat 1
Guest
2014 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 4 (Channel 4: Series 5)
  1. Special - Christmas Special
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Self
2014 MacAulay And Co - Edinburgh 2014 (as The Horne Section)
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Self
2014 The Horne Section: Milk the Tenderness Self
2014 Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly Self
2014 Alex Horne: The Percentage Game Self
2014 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2014 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section - Series 3
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E5 - Episode Five
  3. E4 - Episode Four
  4. E3 - Episode Three
  5. E2 - Episode Two
  6. E1 - Episode One
Writer
2014 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 13
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2014 Live At The Electric - Series 3
  1. E4 - Episode Four
The Oracle
2013 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 1 (Channel 4: Series 2)
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Self
2013 The Horne Section's Family Bash Self
2013 The Horne Section Live In A Cow - Extra Shows Self
2013 The Horne Section Live in a Cow Self
2013 Alex Horne: Lies Self
2013 The Guessing Game - Series 2 Team Captain
2013 The Matt Lucas Awards - Series 2
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2013 Wordaholics - Series 2
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2013 Tim FitzHigham: The Gambler - Pilot
  1. Pilot
Self
2012 Never Mind The Buzzcocks - Series 26
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E9 - Episode Nine
Host / Presenter
2012 The Horne Section - Live At The Grand! Self
2012 Horne and Key and... Self
2012 BBC: Christopher Brookmyre's Comedy Bookcase Self
2012 BBC: Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section Self
2012 The Matt Lucas Awards - Series 1
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2012 Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2012 The Guessing Game - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2012 Wordaholics - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2012 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2012 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 8
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2011 Edinburgh Comedy Live Self
2011 What's So Funny? - Series 2
  1. E11 - Episode Eleven
Guest
2011 Radio 2 Comedy Spectacular For Children In Need Host / Presenter
2011 The Museum Of Curiosity - Gallery 4
  1. E5 - Meeting Twenty-Three
Guest
2011 What's So Funny? - Edinburgh Special
  1. Edinburgh Special
Guest
2011 Alex Horne: Taskmaster II Self
2011 Alex Horne: Seven Years in the Bathroom Self
2011 Dave's One Night Stand - Series 2
  1. E2 - Mark Watson
Guest
2011 Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section - Pilot Host / Presenter
2010 The Amnesty Comics vs Critics Football Match Self
2010 The Horne Section Self
2010 Alex Horne: The Taskmaster Self
2010 Alex Horne: Odds Self
2009 We Need Answers - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2009 We Need Answers - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2006 28 Acts In 28 Minutes - Series 1 (as The Cowards)
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2003 Spanking New On 7 - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
Alex Horne: Making Fish Laugh With Tim Key Self
We Need Answers Self
Marlowe Comedy Festival (Canterbury) Self

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Alex Horne on IMDb

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