The Horne Section (4 stars)

This article is from 2010.

The Horne Section

Late night jazz comedy shambles – in a fun way

‘We’re combining music and comedy – we’re pretty sure this is the first time it’s ever been done!’ announces Alex Horne, taking on compère duties this evening at the head of a live jazz band. There’s a bit of audience participation, some snappy music cues, some witty repartee between Horne and the band, and then the main meat of the evening is presented: guest slots filled by the crowd-pleasing line-up of Tim Key, Jeremy Lion and David O’Doherty.

Each comedian brings something different to the table: Key allows the band to work subtly as complementary backing to his bite-size poetry; Lion barks out music cues and berates the pianist for being too enthusiastic; and O’Doherty actually speaks fluent jazz, throwing out hook-names and ‘in the key of’s like a natural as he plays along on his mini electric keyboard. There’s a vague awareness on Horne’s part that each performance is running over time, and there’s a massive technical failure at the end of the show, but this all just endears them to us further – when the projection screen dies, Key picks up the laptop and takes it round individual audience members by hand. These shambolic goings-on are perfectly carried off; indeed, it’s only certain engineered, faux-shambolic elements of the evening that are a slight letdown.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 23–26 Aug, 12.20am, £7

The Horne Section

  • 4 stars

Yes, it's jazz-infused comedy time as a pioneering group of artists put jazz and comedy on stage together for the first time ever (definitely). Late, live and loud, these unique shows see the UK's finest jazz musicians collaborate with the Fringe's favourite comics. Part improvised, part honed, part performance, part…

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