Alex Horne: Odds

Watching Alex Horne’s ‘Odds’ is a little bit like being back in your favourite teacher’s class at school, the one who was able to make even the most difficult and laborious of subjects enjoyable. Alex Horne certainly cannot be accused of tackling easy and predictable stand-up topics. A large majority of ‘Odds’ is based around quantum physics, a subject which is pretty hard for the average Joe to get his head around, let alone find funny. However this comedian manages it beautifully and even manages to throw in a bit about golf along the way. Horne slips seamlessly between the profound and the mundane, and his natural stage charm and intelligence ensures that the eclectic subjects he discusses mesh with one another wonderfully. Gambling is the main thread line in this perfectly structured hour long show, with Horne using this backbone to leap off in various directions as he effortlessly allows the audience to take a glimpse into his slightly eccentric and geeky mind. Horne is a master story teller and his self deprecating and gentlemanly manner only makes him all the more endearing. There is an abundance of multimedia in ‘Odds’ but this never feels forced or distracting, instead complimenting Horne’s tales as they unfold. It is pretty clear from the opening few lines that Alex Horne is a comedian who relishes knowledge and is eager to pass this on to his audience. There are parts of this show that you might not quite understand but don’t let that deter you. The lightning fast delivery and comfortable audience rapport will keep you on board. Alex Horne is an engaging and engaged presence and definitely one to watch.

Reviews by Clare Howdon

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Alex Horne: Odds

★★★★

The Blurb

'Joyous' (Scotsman), 'quietly rebellious' (Stage), 'gentlemanly' (Metro) comedian Alex Horne discusses numbers, the universe, gambling, regrets and quantum physics. He'll also try to distract you with his majestic PowerPoint skills as featured on BBC4's 'We Need Answers'.