ALEX Horne is a familiar face to all fans of comedy show Taskmaster, which returns to TV TONIGHT (September 4).
The comedian created the show and showcased it at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. So what is Alex up to now?
Who is Alex Horne and how tall is he?
Alex is a comedian and writer also known as Little Alex Horne.
He got his nickname – despite standing at 6ft 2 inches – from fellow comedian and the Taskmaster himself, Greg Davies.
Alex created Taskmaster for the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and brought it to TV channel Dave in 2015.
He is also the host of The Horne Section, a live variety music show that has also aired on Dave and BBC Radio 4.
Alex, born in 1978, is married to Rachel and the pair have three children – Thomas, Barnaby and Dara.
Rachel is a news and travel presenter on Chris Evans‘ Virgin Radio Breakfast Show.
How does Taskmaster work and why isn’t Alex the Taskmaster?
Alex has always said that he didn’t want to be the Taskmaster – despite creating the show.
Instead, Alex is the put-upon assistant to the real Taskmaster, Greg Davies, starting each show with “banter”, keeping the scores and introducing footage of the contestants.
Each series sees five comedians competing to complete silly tasks, such as painting a horse while riding a horse or finding out facts from a Swede, who can only speak in Swedish.
The comedians all participate individually – except during team tasks – with their “achievements” only being unveiled on the show.
They do not know how each other has fared.
After the challenges have been shown it is up to the Taskmaster to allocate points – and he can be ruthless.
The winner of each episode gets to take home the items the contestants bring in from home for the prize task, which is set by the Taskmaster and has included bringing in the shiniest thing, bluest thing or most prized possession.
The final task is a live one in front of the studio audience and the Taskmaster, and has included such things as changing into a onesie in a tent and a game of hide a grape in your hand or mouth.
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What is The Horne Section and are they going on tour?
The Horne Section is a musical comedy band led by Alex.
They specialise in spoof comedy routines.
The group, who have featured on Dave and BBC Radio 4, are going on tour in 2019.
Here are the dates:
- October 2 – City Hall, Hull
- October 7 – Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
- October 17 – Bewdley Festival, Bewdley
- October 18 – The Deco, Northampton
- November 6 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
- November 7 – Glyndwr University William Aston Hall, Wrexham
- November 12 – Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
- November 13 – Princes Hall, Aldershot
- November 20 – Northcott Theatre, Exeter
- November 28 – The Stables, Milton Keynes
- December 4 – Theatre Royal, Brighton
- December 5 – Dorking Halls, Dorking