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Stephen Carlin

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Carlin has earned critical acclaim, accolades and a growing fan base with his original and insightful writing style and accomplished delivery. He is a very enigmatic act, using a unique pattern of delivery to amuse the audience with very 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’. In 2011, Stephen co-created and co-wrote the new BBC Radio 4 show 'The Headset Set', set in the Smile5 Call Centre.


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Stephen regularly performs on the UK circuit and plays for all the major clubs and promoters.

Carlin took his show ‘Drink Carlin Sensibly’ to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 and 'The Gospel According to Stephen' to Edinburgh in 2015.

Stephen took 'Gambling Man' to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, gaining great reviews. He also supported Tom Stade on tour and has previously also 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 hour long show ‘Pandas vs Penguins’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012.

In 2011, Stephen co-created and co-wrote the new BBC Radio 4 show 'The Headset Set', set in the Smile5 Call Centre, which aired for 6 weeks from June to July. Stephen has been seen performing at the Glasgow Comedy Festival as well as bringing an entirely new show - 'Guilty Bystander' - to the Stand for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Stephen supported Stewart Lee on his 90’s Comedian nationwide tour in 2005.  Carlin also performed at Tedstock alongside Lee, Richard Herring, Simon Amstell and Phil Jupitus in 2007.



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 (BBC Radio 4)


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 – Radio 4 (2009)

Nemone Show (Anisha Rhani presenting) – 6 Music (2008)

Gus Murdoch’s Scared Cows – writer/performer BBC7 (2007)

Friday Night Live – Radio 4 (2007)

28 Acts in 28 minutes – Radio 4 (2006)



The Alternative Comedy Experience  Series 2 Comedy Central 2013

The Alternative Comedy Experience  Series 1 Comedy Central 2013

Comedy at the Fringe Marathon BBC Scotland 2012

Edinburgh and Beyond Paramount Comedy Channel 2007

Comedy Cuts ITV 



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. We’ve shared a bill several times, including an Edinburgh preview in Brighton a while back, and I watch him wondering why I bother.’” Scott Capurro in Time Out London 2013


Press for Tom Stade Support

"...This capacity crowd falling at Carlin’s feet. Sharp observational routines on drinking, Scottish culture, and male “friendship” are expertly woven together, and the segue to and from a skilled analytical heckler putdown is as smooth as tonight’s headliner…" Elliott Clarke, Giggle Beats 2013


Press for Guilty Bystander (Edinburgh Festival 2011)

"Unsettlingly funny with flashes of greatness" The List 16/08/2011

"...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 16/08/2011

**** - The Skinny 13/08/2011

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

"...fine well observed material... an enjoyable hour" One4Review 23/08/2010

" of the most inventive stand-ups on the Fringe... knowingly cynical and hilarious delightfully deadpan Scot" Chortle **** 19/08/2010

"Great comic mind... worth seeing" London is Funny 10/08/2010

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