To mark the return of The Horne Part Podcast, the musical-comedy group led by Alex Horne – or “Little Alex Horne” as he’s recognised as Greg Davies’ sidekick on Taskmaster on Channel 4 – did a particular livestreamed edition at the weekend. They would, explained Horne by way of introduction, “piss about skillfully for the following hour or so”.
And so it proved. Appearing to be earning up considerably of it as they went alongside, Horne and his five colleagues sang, chatted, played video games and tried using to outdo each and every other on puns. As at any time, for the audience it felt like eavesdropping on aged mates chatting down the pub.
The six individual feeds from the group’s respective households intended that their tunes – jazz-tinged or tuneful pop spoofs – have been pre-recorded, with dwell audio employed only as a track record rating to the chat.
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As Horne stated: “The deficiencies of Zoom suggest we can’t all engage in at the very same time and seem good… so it’s just like a ordinary gig.”
That’s a typical Horne Segment joke – funny and self-deprecating in equivalent measure. Their humour can be pleasingly schoolboyish as well: a single guessing video game they played was “What’s in your trousers?” – a flute was a person suggestion, but it was in fact a child’s hardback once-a-year that was lurking in Horne’s pants.
Common fans will have savored the functioning gags – drummer Ben Reynolds is the “hot” a single, saxophonist Mark Brown was asked to pronounce a bunch of words and phrases in his Darlington accent, while Horne managed to refer to Ed Sheldrake, the pianist, as “penis” throughout.
Also creating an visual appeal ended up “equine singers” Jorge and Jesus (trumpeter Joe Auckland and bassist Will Collier carrying cartoon horse heads) singing in the important of – what else? – GG, whilst Henry Hoover, a further stalwart, popped up as well.
Visitor Mike Wozniak – a contestant on the latest series of Taskmaster – seemed baffled for most of his time on air, but was satisfied to clarify the grooming regime for his outstanding moustache.
Fellow guest Tim Essential, an outdated Horne Section collaborator, furnished some similarly daft entertaining chatting to Horne about practically nothing very significantly as they attempted to make every single other crack up.
In 80-odd minutes the pace diversified, and some segments seriously outstayed their welcome but in general this was an enjoyably foolish way to welcome the sextet back again.
The Horne Section Podcast is offered on Apple Podcasts