Task master host and creator with a tape to boot

Taskmaster star Alex Horne is a man of many talents – not only did he host the Channel 4 show, he also created it.

What you may not know, however, is that Alex is pretty much the musician too.

In fact, he has his own band and they even play the Taskmaster theme.

What else do we know about him? Is he married? Does he have kids? What else was he working on?

Well … read on and you will find out.


Alex Horne creates and appears on Taskmaster (Credit: Channel 4)

Who is Taskmaster star Alex Horne?

Alexander James Jeffrey Horne, 42, is a British comedian who trained at Cambridge.

Back in 2010 he had the idea for Taskmaster at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and later signed a contract with the Dave network to produce it for television.

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For Series 10 in 2020, the show moved to its new home on Channel 4.

On the comedy panel show, Alex is Greg Davies’ assistant who acts as the task master.

Greg judges the show’s candidates who are usually comedians for doing all kinds of weird and wonderful jobs.

When asked why he’s not the show’s direct host, Alex admitted that this was never the plan.

He said, “My role as a buddy is to be sneaky and you can let it run off the rails in a really fun way.”

Alex Horne disciplinarian
Alex seems to be enjoying his role as a “sneaky buddy” (Credit: Channel 4)

What’s his band called?

Alex is the host and band leader of his own band – they are called The Horne Section.

They are a comedic band that also has a podcast of the same name – and their musical variety show aired on Dave and BBC Radio 4.

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In addition to Alex, Joe Auckland on trumpet, Ben Reynolds on drums, Mark Brown on saxophone, Will Collier on bass and Ed Sheldrake on piano play in the band.

My role as a buddy is to be sneaky and you can let it run off the pages in a really fun way.

The guys specialize in comedy and parody songs and perform in a wide variety of genres, including jazz.

They even released three albums and had a long-running show on BBC Radio 4 – Alex Horne presents the Horne Section.

The boys’ podcast is now in its sixth series.

In each episode there is a “one-person special guest audience”, usually a comedian or someone from the music or television world, and Horne and his band play songs for them – some of which include the special guest .

Past guests have included Richard Osman, Rufus Hound, Ben Shephard, and Robbie Williams.

What else was he working on?

First known as a stand-up comedian, Alex won a Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough on the outskirts of Edinburgh in 2004.

He appeared as a Candidate on Countdown in 2008, and he’s also a regular on 8 of 10 Cats Do Countdown.

He’s been to The Chase twice and co-hosted an American remake of Taskmaster.

Is Taskmaster star Alex Horne married and does he have children?

In his private life, Alex is happily married to BBC journalist Rachel Horne.

The couple tied the knot in 2005, and Rachel presents the news on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio breakfast show.

They now have three sons – Thomas, 11, Barnaby, nine and eight year old Dara.

The family is said to live in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, although Alex was born in Chichester, West Sussex.

The task master is on channel 4 this evening (May 13th) at 9 p.m.

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