Comedian Alex Horne talks Comedy, Cricket and his Favourite Heckle

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Alex Horne is one of the best stand-up comedians on the circuit today, but as well as performing, Alex is keeping busy in his record attempt to become the oldest man in the world.


An avid sports fan and lover of cricket, Alex is no stranger to TV having appeared on Mastermind and Countdown. His claim to fame is getting two conundrums: "I think I might have that on my grave stone, Alex Horne got two conundrums".


We caught up with Alex before he set off for his new tour to talk about getting into stand-up comedy, his world record attempt and cricket.


Q. Hi Alex, you're about to embark on a new tour, what can fans expect from this new offering?


Literally a bit of everything. What I do in a show is recreate an entire human life in one hour so I try to replicate everything you do in your life on stage in sixty minutes. So it's quite stupid, boisterous and fun, plus there will be the odd joke thrown in as well so you get your moneys worth.


Q. The title for your new tour is 'Spends Seven Years in the Bathroom' how did you come up with the name?


There is a phrase that is quoted quite often that the average man spends seven years in the bathroom, I read that and thought 'there is a show in that', because it's a ludicrous statement. 


I decided to research further to try and find out how the average man spent every month of their life, so we start the show for the first seven years in the bathroom and I brush my teeth and get naked, it's just a good way to start the show.  


Q. Your also aiming to break the world record to become the worlds oldest man,  how is that working out for you?


It's currently successful, I'm not the oldest yet and I'm not even in the top ten but I am making steady progress and reached a new personal best last September when I turned 33, which is a record for me, so it's going pretty well. 


Q. How did you first get into the comedy?


I was working in a supermarket in Sussex and I entered a  joke writing competition. I submitted my joke and managed to win, mainly because everyone else who entered was sexist or racist.


However, the prize for the winner was a spot at a local comedy club, which I went to and although it went pretty badly I got hooked and that was that.


Q. What was your first gig like?


I remember my first show really well as I invited my entire family and everyone I knew thinking that would be a good idea and they laughed a lot, but possibly for the wrong reasons. There is nothing funnier than seeing someone you know on stage, so I got enough laughter to take me through to my next gig, but at the next gig there were no family or friends and it was quite a different reaction.


Q. Who were some of the comedians you enjoyed watching when you were younger?


I had a pretty standard taste when it came to comedy I think. I was a big Monty Python fan, I liked Faulty Towers and stand-up wise it was Jasper Carrot. I remember watching Bill Bailey's first show on channel four and jack Dee, just the normal stuff really. I was never a comedy purist and didn't watch Bill Hicks until I was 30.      


Q. What is the best heckle you've heard?


I have to say the quality of heckle you hear is pretty low, you would think people would be more imaginative. Personally the best one I've had was at a gig called 'Up The Creek' in Greenwich, which is notoriously tough and they heckled me as soon as I came on. 


I think because I had a human face they took against that and I started shouting to  give me a minute. As soon as I said that, as one, the audience started shouting 'sixty, fifty-nine, fifty-eight' all the way down to one. Now you have to give it to them, that is quite impressive organisation. 


Q. Your also a big cricket fan, how did you get into the sport?


I've got two brothers, one older and one younger. Everyday of the summer we would be outside playing cricket in the garden. Because I was the middle one, I was the bowler, my older brother was the batsman and my younger brother was the wicket keeper. 


Q. Was comedy's gain crickets loss?


I think if you've got two brothers and you're competitive you can't help but fall into it. I did play for a club team and was pretty ordinary, but I did get the chance to play at Hove when we got to one schoolboy final and that was the highlight of my youth. 


Q. You've made a few sporting documentaries, what are other sports you enjoy watching and playing?


I would love to start playing cricket again, but as a dad it's quite tough to persuade my wife to take a whole day off. My current sports are golf and squash, which make me very middle-aged, I thought I would never like golf but I'm now obsessed.  


I got asked to play my first ever celebrity tournament the other day and Ant and Dec were going to be there and it would have been the highlight of my life but unfortunately I can't do it as I'm away.


Q. Do you ever get together with other comedians to play any sports?


I think the best moment of 2011 was in Kilkenny, Ireland, where there is a comedy festival. There is a big football match, and it's the Irish comics versus the rest of the world and there is about 2,000 people watching. I was captain of the rest of the world team and honestly it was one of the proudest moments of my life.   We were thrashed but at the end of the match kids come on and ask for your shirts and for 90 minutes you feel like a professional footballer.



Alex Horne is performing Seven Years in a Bathroom nationwide beginning at the Soho Theatre on March 12th. For further details see