Artist Profile

Stephen Carlin

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Stephen is taking his show The Rise Of The Autistic to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 15:00 at City Cafe 3rd-26th August (not 15th)

Carlin has earned critical acclaim, accolades and a growing fan base with his original and insightful writing style and accomplished delivery. An enigmatic act, Stephen uses a unique pattern of delivery to amuse the audience with unexpected and off-the-wall references. From his sartorial elegance to his in-depth and hilarious knowledge of international snooker, Carlin’s performance takes the audience into the mind of a passionate obsessive. This man is well on his way to become Scotland's newest addition to its history of brilliant comedians. He was also named by Stewart Lee as one of the Ten Best Comedians in the World Ever. Stephen co-created and co-wrote the new BBC Radio 4 show The Headset Set.

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Stephen regularly performs on the UK & international circuit and plays for all the major clubs and promoters. Stephen has supported Tom Stade on tour having previously supported Stewart Lee, Stephen Merchant and Felix Dexter on their national tours. He starred on Stewart Lee’s The Alternative Comedy Experience.

Carlin took his show Drink Carlin Sensibly to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 and The Gospel According to Stephen to Edinburgh in 2015. In 2016, Stephen brought a brand new hour to the festival, TV Comeback Special


TV Comeback Special, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016

The Gospel According To Stephen, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015

Drink Carlin Sensibly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

Gambling Man, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

Pandas Vs Penguins, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012

Guilty Bystander, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011

The Podium of Unconditional Surrender, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010

Stephen Carlin Blows The Lid Off The Whole Filthy Business, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009

Armchair Renaissance Man, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007

Fantastic Voyage, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006

Big Value Comedy Show, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2005

Exploding Head Comedy, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004



The Headset Set 


The Stephen K Amos Show

The News Quiz

The Now Show

Look Away Now

Laura Solon Talking and Not Talking


Secret World

Stephen was runner up in the BBC Witty and Twisted Competition 2007.

Stephen was also awarded The Peter Titheradge Bursary in 2008 and worked with the BBC Radio Entertainment department on existing shows as well as developing new shows. 



The Blame Game, BBC Radio Ulster (2011)

Comedy Club, BBC Radio 4 Extra (2011)

Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4 (2009/2010)

Shaun Keaveny Programme, 6 Music (2010)

Fred MacAulay, Radio Scotland (2009/10)

Claudia Winkleman Show, Radio 2 (2009)

Jon Holmes, 6 Music (2009)

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The News, BBC Radio 4 (2009)

Nemone Show, 6 Music (2008)

Gus Murdoch’s Scared Cows – writer/performer, BBC 7 (2007)

Friday Night Live, BBC Radio 4 (2007)

28 Acts in 28 minutes, Radio 4 (2006)



The Alternative Comedy Experience  Series 2 (Comedy Central)

The Alternative Comedy Experience  Series 1 (Comedy Central)

Comedy at the Fringe Marathon (BBC Scotland)

Edinburgh and Beyond (Paramount Comedy Channel)

Comedy Cuts (ITV) 



Stephen Carlin: TV Comeback Special (Edinburgh Festival 2016)

“The kind of solid material we'd expect from him.” The Skinny

“His brand of deadpan wit is well overdue widespread recognition.” Broadway Baby

Stephen Carlin: Gambling Man (Edinburgh Festival 2013)

"I suggest you take a very minor gamble on spending an hour of your life in Stephen Carlin’s company, if nothing else you’ll be guaranteed a few good laughs."  The Edinburgh Reporter 

“Droll and furrowed and gorgeous. Awesome joke writer." Time Out

Press for Tom Stade Support

"This capacity crowd falling at Carlin’s feet. Sharp observational routines are expertly woven together, and the segue to and from a skilled analytical heckler putdown is as smooth as tonight’s headliner." Giggle Beats


Press for Guilty Bystander (Edinburgh Festival 2011)

"Unsettlingly funny with flashes of greatness." The List

"He delivers a pitch perfect and very funny show, dry and absurdist wit. There's a mixture of observational stuff, one-liners and funny anecdotes, all held together by Carlin's intelligent sense of the surreal and the ridiculous. This is perfectly complemented by his droll and quirky style of delivery. All in all, it's a great show, well written and expertly performed." Spoonfed 

The Skinny 

Press for The Podium of Unconditional Surrender (Edinburgh Festival 2010)

"Fine well observed material, an enjoyable hour." One4Review 

"One of the most inventive stand-ups on the Fringe. Knowingly cynical and hilarious delightfully deadpan Scot." Chortle 

"Great comic mind. Worth seeing." London is Funny 

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