The Horne Section: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2013
The Horne Section: Udderbelly, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, 2014
Best of The Fest: Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, 2015
The Horne Section’s Question Sessions: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, 2015
Always Be Comedy Online: Online: 2020
Always Be Comedy Online (3 shows): Online: 2021
Always Be Comedy Online for Living Well Food Bank: Online: 2022 

Comedian Alex Horne and his extremely talented band of five performers are the perfect way to end a day at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  When I saw them in 2013 and 2014, they were inspired and thoroughly entertaining involving the audience at every point in the evening: some who appeared on stage, the rest toe-tapping, dancing and laughing.   Merging comedy and music was outstanding and the band can play just about anything.  When I first saw them, the audience were treated to a Morris-dance version of Beyonce’s single ladies.  The show also features guest acts from the Fringe who perform a set and then are integrated into the bizarre world of The Horne Section.

In 2015, I saw Alex Horne appear on his own as a guest at the Best of The Fest showcase and also with the band at The Horne Section Questions Sessions where the show took the form of a music quiz involving the band, the audience and different special comedy guests when I saw it including Dara O’Briain.

The Horne Section come highly recommended are an exceptionally funny, intelligent and compelling act.

TV Taskmaster supremo Horne made solo guest appearances at Always Be Comedy Online in September 2020, February and March 2021.  He was interviewed by compere James Gill set a task for the audience to complete.  Horne returned the following week to judge his set task which was to create a video to the ending of film using only kitchen items.  My pathetic attempt was the ending of the classic film Bladerunner featuring my toast rack of the Lurpak Butterman! A bit ambitious maybe, but the front row winner was the ending of Platoon using smashed tomatoes which was very clever.

The comedian returned in October 2021 with another task for the online audience, this time to catch something spectacularly.  My feeble effort of catching a remote control was bad and the better entries (including catching a cold) were much better.  Horne was brilliantly entertaining describing his experiences in lock down and his comic career.

Horne judged a further Taskmaster challenge for Always Be Comedy Online for Living Well Food Bank in July 2022.  The crowd were asked for film a video blooper so I thought the easiest thing to do was to record an exploding can of Diet Coke in my face.  As I filmed, it didn’t so much explode as pour down the sink.  With my Mr Bean type mugging to the camera, Horne love the finished video and gave me a Golden Buzzer through to the final.  Unfortunately I didn’t win, but it was inspired having a go and Horne is a wonderful comedian and judge.




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