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Alex Horne: Lies (Edinburgh Fringe)

The multi-award-winning stand-up's new show is original, funny and engaging, says Emma Watkins

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

"There's nothing worse than someone trying to be funny for an hour," says Alex Horne during his new show. This is definitely true of some shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, but fortunately it's not the case in this instance.

Horne's show is based around the theme of lies; in particular the lies that people (including comedians) tell to make their lives seem more interesting - or funnier - than they actually are.

The show touches on subjects as diverse as pregnancy, autobiographies and radio appearances, the latter a very funny true tale about Horne's contribution to a Radio 4 programme. It also features some (deliberately and deliciously) cringeworthy punning, one of Horne's specialities.

The way the show is constructed is technically challenging and often requires impeccable timing in the performance; thankfully timing is another of Horne's strong points.

There is some very clever, and funny, use of 'guest appearances' from some unlikely and disparate co-stars that help to keep the show rattling along at speed.

Although there is nothing particularly new in the subject matter, as always Horne has found a new and interesting way to present his material. He is also extremely likeable which helps to keep you fully engaged with the show for the whole hour. Entertaining stuff.

- Emma Watkins

Alex Horne: Lies continues at the Pleasance Courtyard until 25 August.