Stephen Carlin: Guilty Bystander (3 stars)

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Stephen Carlin: Guilty Bystander

Unsettlingly funny with flashes of greatness

Performing in front of a photofit of his own Yorkshire Ripperish face, Stephen ‘not obsessed with snooker’ Carlin’s Guilty Bystander is unsettlingly funny. Best when he’s being bitter – railing against cheating women or family Christmases – or riffing on the criminal confessions he elicits from the audience, Carlin can seem slightly awkward and sometimes lacks polish, but he isn’t without flashes of greatness.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 28 Aug, 9.25pm, £8 (£7).

Funny stand-up comedian Stephen Carlin at Chortle's Fast Fringe

Stephen Carlin: Guilty Bystander

  • 3 stars

The Show: Stephen Carlin is a wicked, heinous, swivel-eyed, law abiding citizen - incapable of breaking even the simplest of laws. His life has been one long orgy of conformity, characterised by a blatant regard for the consequences. He’s never been imprisoned or arrested - hell, he’s never even been given a ticking off.

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