Alexander James Jeffery Horne
10 September 1978
|Other names||Little Alex Horne (Taskmaster)|
Alexander James Jeffery Horne (born 10 September 1978) is a British comedian.Horne is the creator of BAFTA award-winning Taskmaster , a comedy panel show in which he is the assistant to "Taskmaster" Greg Davies, who judges comedians on various absurd tasks they are asked to perform. He is also the host and bandleader of The Horne Section , a comedic band with whom he runs their eponymous podcast, as well as their music variety show which has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Dave.
He was a contestant on the numbers and letters show Countdown in 2008 for Channel 4, and has been a dictionary corner guest many times on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with his band.
Horne was educated at independent Lancing College (1991–1996) and at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied classics,graduating in 2001. While at Cambridge he was a member of the Footlights.
He made his first appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 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 wrote and performed "Birdwatching" at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival and "Wordwatching" at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. He 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 comedian to perform in Second Life for a feature on Sky News. Between 24 October 2006 and 24 October 2007 he worked alongside fellow comedian Owen Powell, in an 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 city from Tuvalu, Palau, or the Marshall Islands.
Since 2010, Horne has also been performing with his band The Horne Section as the compere of comedy variety shows.Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section (2012–14) ran for three series on BBC Radio 4, and The Horne Section Podcast has streamed since 2018.
Horne, along with Tim Key and Mark Watson, created the YouTube series "No More Jockeys" during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown in the UK,itself based upon their earlier BBC web series "No More Women". Horne also hosts the YouTube channel Bad Golf with John Robins.
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 Fringe in the same month, beating Mark Watson and Stephen Grant to lift the trophy.
Horne acted as the on-stage expert responsible for graphics and sound-effects on the quiz show We Need Answers on BBC Four, in 2009 and 2010.
In 2011, Horne appeared on BBC One'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. Horne also appeared in the TV show on BBC Three called Britain in Bed in 2011. He appeared as a guest on The Matt Lucas Awards on 16 April 2013 where he won "The Bravest Guest" Award. He has appeared eight times on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown , seven as a Dictionary Corner guest, and once as a replacement for Joe Wilkinson. He has appeared twice as a contestant on The Chase on ITV.
On 26 November 2012, Horne chaired Never Mind the Buzzcocks on BBC Two. The Horne Section performed behind him at various points during the quiz, and played songs about guests Louis Smith, Josh Widdicombe and Paloma Faith.
Since 2015, Horne has served as co-host alongside Greg Davies in the series Taskmaster , which he created. The series was originally broadcast on Dave, and transferred to Channel 4 in 2020. In 2018, Horne co-hosted the US remake of the show, which carried a shorter, but similar format to the UK series. Versions of the programme have also been made in Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand. The show was awarded with a BAFTAfor its 9th series in 2020.
In April 2018, Horne voiced a talking Button in the BBC One's game show The Button .
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. The show was recorded for UKTV in front of a live audience at the London Palladium and aired on Dave on 24 May. The show featured The Horne Section band as well as performances from comedians Sue Perkins, Sara Pascoe and Joe Wilkinson, drag act and opera singer Le Gateau Chocolat, and Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle.
Horne is married to BBC business journalist Rachel Horne,and the couple have three sons. He is a birdwatcher, which he describes as the perfect activity "for someone who likes sport but is getting too old to play, likes the outdoors and is slightly anal". He is a supporter of Liverpool F.C.
|2008||Countdown||Himself, contestant||Four episodes|
|2009-2010||We Need Answers||Host||Also creator, writer|
|2009-2010||No More Women||Commentator, contestant|
|2010||The Games That Time Forgot||Presenter||TV Movie documentary|
|2011||Celebrity Mastermind||Self||1 episode|
|2011||Call My Bluff||Self||Comic Relief Special|
|2012-2013||Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums||Self, special guest||4 episodes|
|2013–present||8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown||Self, guest|
|2014||Live at the Electric||Himself||1 episode|
|2015||Drunk History||Self, drunk storyteller||1 episode|
|2015–present||Taskmaster||Host, Greg's assistant||Also producer, creator, writer|
|2018||The Button||The Button||Also producer|
|2018–present||The Last Leg||Self, house band||With The Horne Section|
|2019||Taskmastermind||Self, host||Interviews with Taskmaster contestants|
|2019||Richard Osman's House of Games||Self, contestant||5 episodes|
|2019–present||Bad Golf||Self, presenter||Web series|
|2020||Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer||Self, host|
|2020–present||No More Jockeys||Self, presenter, contestant||Web series, started in lockdown|
Lee Gordon McKillop, known by his stage name Lee Mack, is an English actor, comedian and presenter. He is known for writing and starring in the sitcom Not Going Out, being a team captain on the BBC One comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?, hosting the Sky One panel show Duck Quacks Don't Echo and presenting the panel show They Think It's All Over.
Tim Key is an English actor, writer and performance poet. In 2009, he was the winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award and was also nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality. He is best known for his own stand-up and as the character Sidekick Simon in Mid Morning Matters and This Time, both with Alan Partridge.
Mark Andrew Watson is a British comedian and novelist.
Gregory Daniel Davies is a British stand-up comedian and actor. He is best known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang, Mr. Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, Ken Thompson in Cuckoo, the Taskmaster in Taskmaster, and Dan Davies in Man Down, as well as for guest appearances on Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You?, and Fast and Loose. He has also performed on the Live at the Apollo series.
Iain Andrew Stirling is a Scottish comedian, writer, television presenter, voice over narrator and Twitch streamer.
Tim FitzHigham FRSA FRGS, is an English comedian, author, artist and world record holder. The feats he has performed include paddling a paper boat down 257.5 km of the River Thames, rowing a bathtub across the English Channel, and inflating the world's largest man-inflated balloon.
Nicholas George Mohammed is a British actor, comedian and writer.
Sara Patricia Pascoe is an English comedian and writer. She has appeared on TV programmes such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown for Channel 4, QI for BBC and Taskmaster for the digital channel Dave.
Roisin Marcella Conaty is an English-Irish actress, comedian and writer. She won the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 for her show Hero, Warrior, Fireman, Liar. In early 2014, the pilot of the sitcom GameFace, of which she is the writer, lead actress and executive producer, aired on Channel 4. The first full series aired in 2017 on both E4 and Hulu in the US. The second series aired on Channel 4 and Hulu in July 2019. Conaty won the 'Heat Unmissables' Comedian of the year award in 2019. She stars as Roxy in the Ricky Gervais Netflix show After Life.
Edward Stephenson Jamison Gamble is an English comedian, known for co-presenting The Peacock and Gamble Podcast and his regular appearances on Mock the Week. He studied at Durham University, where he began his comedy career performing with the Durham Revue, and was a finalist in the 2007 Chortle Student Comedy Awards.
Josh Michael Widdicombe is an English comedian and radio and television presenter, best known for his appearances on The Last Leg (2012–present), Fighting Talk (2014–2016), Insert Name Here (2016–2019), Mock the Week (2014–present) and his BBC Three sitcom Josh (2015–2017). He also won the first series of Taskmaster in 2015 and the show's first Champion of Champions special in 2017.
Joe Harry Lycett is a British comedian and television presenter. He has appeared on TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, QI, as the announcer on Saturday BBC One show Epic Win, the narrator for Ibiza Weekender and as the presenter on BBC Two's The Great British Sewing Bee and Channel 4's consumer rights show, Joe Lycett's Got Your Back. In February 2020, Lycett briefly changed his name by deed poll to Hugo Boss as part of a protest against the fashion brand of the same name.
Joseph Roland Wilkinson is an English comedian, actor and writer. He began his comedy career in his local village pub in 2004 and has supported Alan Carr and Russell Howard on tour. He has also made numerous appearances on television on programmes such as Live at the Apollo and Live at the Electric and has been touring solo since 2011. He began appearing on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown in 2012, initially as Rachel Riley's assistant. He has since gone on to become a frequent panellist or guest team captain. He is also in the comedy duo Two Episodes of Mash, alongside Diane Morgan. In 2019 Wilkinson won a celebrity special version of The Great British Bake Off.
Aisling Clíodhnadh O'Sullivan, known professionally as Aisling Bea, is an Irish comedian, actress, and writer.
Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan is a British stand-up comedian, presenter and actor. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. A BAFTA best feature was awarded for The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan. He has also made numerous appearances on television comedy panel shows, and in 2016 he co-presented It's Not Rocket Science on ITV, alongside Rachel Riley and Ben Miller. He is known for his deadpan and often self-deprecating comedy.
Nishant Kumar is a British stand-up comedian and radio presenter. He has hosted BBC Two's The Mash Report, BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical comedy show Newsjack, the Comedy Central series Joel & Nish vs The World, the BBC Radio 4 programme The News Quiz and Hello America on Quibi.
Taskmaster is a British comedy panel game show created by comedian and musician Alex Horne and presented by both Horne and Greg Davies. In the programme, a group of five celebrities – mainly comedians – attempt to complete a series of challenges, with Horne acting as umpire in each challenge, and Davies judging the work and awarding points based on contestants' performances. The concept for the programme was first created by Horne for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010; he later secured a deal with Dave to adapt it for television, with the first episode premiering in 2015. After the ninth series in 2019, the programme was acquired by Channel 4, who commissioned six new series to be broadcast over the following three years.
Taskmaster was an American comedy panel game show. The Taskmaster format was originally created by British comedian Alex Horne during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010, then became a UK television show on Dave in 2015. The American adaptation was produced for Comedy Central in 2017. Based on the original British version, the American TV series stars comedian and actor Reggie Watts in the titular role of the Taskmaster, issuing simple comedic and bizarre tasks to regular contestants, with Horne acting as Watts' assistant and umpire during the challenges.
Asim Chaudhry is a British comedian, writer, director and actor best known for playing Chabuddy G in the BBC mockumentary series People Just Do Nothing, which he co-created. For this role, he won a Royal Television Society Award and was nominated for two British Academy Television Awards.
The Horne Section is a British musical comedy band, appearing regularly on radio, TV and stage. Led by frontman and comedian Alex Horne, the band mix music with comedy and specialise in comedy/spoof songs as well as performing a wide variety of genres including jazz.