Alex Horne

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Alex Horne
Born Alexander James Jeffery Horne
(1978-09-10) 10 September 1978 (age 36)
West Sussex, England
Occupation Comedian, writer

Alex Horne (born 10 September 1978) is a British comedian. He is the host of "The Horne Section", a live music variety show which has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Early life[edit]

Horne was educated at Lancing College (Fields House, 1991–1996) and at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he studied classics,[1] graduating in 2001.[2] While at Cambridge he was a member of the Footlights.


He made his first appearance at the Edinburgh festival in 2000 with his show, "How To Avoid Huge Ships". His 2003 Edinburgh show, "Making Fish Laugh" was nominated for a Perrier newcomer award. In 2004 he won a Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act. His shows with Tim Key have been "Every Body Talks" and "When In Rome", both of which featured unusually extensive use of Microsoft PowerPoint for a comic act. Horne toured Roman towns of the UK with the "When In Rome" show in early 2006.

As a solo performer, Horne then wrote and performed "Birdwatching" at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival and "Wordwatching" at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. He has signed a two-book deal with Virgin Publishing to write up both of these stories as books. The first, entitled Birdwatchingwatching, came out early in 2009. The second came out in early 2010. On 18 January 2007, Horne became the first ever comedian to perform in Second Life for a feature on Sky News. In 2011 he compered "The Horne Section", a comedy variety show with live music which was later broadcast on BBC Radio 4.[3]

More recently[when?] he has worked alongside fellow comedian Owen Powell, in the attempt to find a person from every nationality living in London. After a year's search, they finally managed to meet people from 189 of the UN's 192 countries, and hence suggested there is nobody in the capital from Tuvalu, Palau or the Marshall Islands.[citation needed]

Alex Horne is the inventor of the word "fffhp", an onomatopoeic description of the sound created when a snowflake lands on a bubble.[4][5]

As of April 2010, Horne is attempting to become the oldest man in the world with the Long Live Alex project.[6]

Television work[edit]

Horne appeared as a contestant on Countdown in August 2008, winning three matches before being defeated. He also won the inaugural Comedians' Countdown Competition held at the Edinburgh Festival in the same month, beating Mark Watson and Stephen Grant to lift the trophy.

Horne acts as the on-stage expert responsible for graphics and sound-effects on the quiz show We Need Answers.

In 2011, Horne appeared on BBC1's Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was the comedian Ken Dodd. He finished in 2nd place with a score of 25.

During Comic Relief 2011's 24 Hour Panel People marathon, Horne appeared on the Call My Bluff segment, on a team with Tim Key and Roisin Conaty.

Alex Horne also appeared in the TV show on BBC Three called Britain in Bed in 2011.

On 26 November 2012, Horne chaired Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC Two. His 'Horne Section' band performed behind him at various points during the quiz and performed songs about guests Louis Smith, Josh Widdicombe and Paloma Faith.

He appeared as a guest on The Matt Lucas Awards on 16 April 2013 where he won "The Bravest Guest" Award.

He has appeared three times on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Twice as a Dictionary Corner guest, and once as a replacement for Joe Wilkinson.


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