Stephen Guarino

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Guarino with the 2010 Outfest award

Stephen Guarino (born November 14, 1975) is an American actor and comedian, best known as a cast member on the sketch comedy series The Big Gay Sketch Show, the films BearCity and BearCity 2: The Proposal, and his recurring role as Derrick in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, a character that has since been carried over to the NBC sitcom Marry Me.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Guarino is originally from Orlando, Florida. He is best known for starring as a cast member on The Big Gay Sketch Show for all three seasons. He has appeared in films such as Confessions of a Shopaholic and I Hate Valentine's Day. He has also made guest appearances on shows such as 'Til Death and Law & Order: SVU. Guarino has performed sketch comedy as a member of "Sak Comedy Lab" in Orlando and with The Groundlings in Los Angeles, and co-starred in The Nuclear Family, a fully improvised Off-Broadway musical comedy that debuted in 2005. He also appeared in the 2008 film The Clique as an art teacher. He currently stars in the web series EastSiders.

Guarino made recurring appearances on the ABC comedy Happy Endings, where he plays the gang's "stereotypically gay friend" Derrick. The character has since been carried over to Happy Endings creator David Caspe's new NBC sitcom Marry Me. In 2014 he starred as Wendy's father in the "Snack Attack" episode of Jessie. He also had a recurring role as Connor on the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken. In 2017 he played a Starbucks manager in the pilot episode of Superior Donuts.

Guarino has been openly gay since the age of 15.[1]


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