Stephen Carlin

Carlin has earned critical acclaim, accolades and a growing fanbase with his original and insightful writing style and accomplished delivery. He is 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.

Named by Stewart Lee as one of the ‘Ten Best Comedians in the World Ever’.


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

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.


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


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. Stephen has written for:

The News Quiz

The Now Show

Look Away Now

Laura Solon Talking and Not Talking


Secret World

The Stephen K Amos Show


Gus Murdoch’s Sacred Cows – Writer/performer -  BBC7 (2007)

Friday Night Live – Radio 4 (2007)

28 Acts in 28 Minutes – Radio 4 (2006)

The Milk Run – Radio 1 (2005)


Edinburgh and Beyond – Paramount Comedy Channel 2007

Comedy Cuts – ITV


“The whimsy and relaxed on-stage demeanour were a winner instantly…(Carlin) excelled in pedantry, married to exceptional use of language” Leamington Observer

“if this man isn’t a household name in five years time, the world is even more lacking in justice than we could have feared.”  The Scotsman.

“The material is sharp and original.”  The List

“a delightfully off beat act who expertly applies twisted, convoluted logic to common-or-garden observations to produce genuinely original material…a definite tip for the top.” Chortle

“Stephen Carlin is fast establishing himself as one of the most distinct and funny new comedians in Britain.” Chortle

“The Sean Lock of his generation.” BBC Comedy Development