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Stephen Carlin – Gambling Man (Bound & Gagged Comedy by arrangement with Glorious Management)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

Stephen Carlin returns to the Fringe with observational comedy about gambling and addiction, both as a serious problem and in everyday situations. How many risks would you be willing to take? This theme allows him to talk through parts of his life, comparing life as an adult with childhood. Carlin is as charming as he is funny, maintaining the audience’s focus and keeping the show flowing. At the same time, while the show is about chance and risk, the act is not exactly ground-breaking. There’s a sense he’s playing it safe, mostly sticking to routine and family-friendly material. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as Carlin does present a well-rounded, funny and entertaining show.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 7, 14), 6.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Julian Joseph]