Alex Horne @ The Pleasance

Article by Bernard O'Leary | 25 Aug 2010
  • Alex Horne @ The Pleasance

Comedians making wacky bets are old hat these days, so congratulations to Alex Horne for injecting some new life into this idea. His bet is quite simple: on his 30th birthday, he bet he would hit a hole-in-one before he turned 32. Don't worry, this does not mean we're in for an hour of golf anecdotes. Horne examines the meaning of the bet itself, and in doing so goes after the biggest topic of all: the meaning of life.

This is an incredibly compressed show, not helped by Horne repeating his
opening gag to some latecomers (although it gets an even bigger laugh second time around). Everyone gets a raffle ticket on the way in: the first of five rounds of betting with the promise of a prize at the end. He leaps from topic to topic with impressive grace, jumping from parenthood to Carl Sagan, from history's greatest gamblers to quantum physics, and linking his silly bet to the origins of the universe.

Horne is as funny as he is clever and he has constructed an incredible show with Odds. You'll laugh. A lot. You might even learn something.

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