Stephen Guarino

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Stephen Guarino
Birth nameStephen Daniel Guarino
BornNovember 14, 1975
Alma materFlorida State University (B.A)
The Public Theater

Stephen Guarino (born November 14, 1975) is an American actor and comedian, best known as Sully Patterson on the Jim Carrey-produced Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here (2017-2018)[1] and for his recurring role as Derrick in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings,[2] a character that has since been carried over to the NBC sitcom Marry Me,[3] as well as Connor on the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken.

Discovered by Rosie O'Donnell, he was one of the prominent sketch comedy stars on the groundbreaking Logo TV series The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007-2010) with fellow comedians Kate McKinnon, Erica Ash, Colman Domingo, Jonny McGovern, Julie Goldman, Paolo Andino, Dion Flynn, and Michael Serrato.[4] In 2018, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his role as "Quincy" in the Netflix series EastSiders.[5] He also received the Outfest Best Actor award for his role in the feature film BearCity.[6]

Early life[edit]

Guarino is originally from Orlando, Florida and was a member of SAK Comedy Lab. He graduated from Florida State University as well as The Public Theater's Shakespeare program. After appearing in numerous Off-Broadway productions, Guarino was a co-creator of the Off-Broadway improv musical The Nuclear Family with fellow members Jimmy Ray Bennett, John Gregorio, and Matthew Loren Cohen.[7] Guarino was later cast on The Big Gay Sketch Show in 2005.[8]


After the success of The Big Gay Sketch Show, he appeared on television shows including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as well as the films Confessions of a Shopaholic,[9] the BearCity franchise, and I Hate Valentine's Day [10] In 2011, he moved to Los Angeles after receiving a talent deal from CBS.[11]

His first breakout role was on Happy Endings where he played Penny Hartz's (Casey Wilson) over-the-top friend Derrick for three seasons. He also appeared on The Wedding Bells, Til Death, The Neighbors, The Comeback, Marry Me, Finding Carter, Jessie, Sofia the First, Superior Donuts, 2 Broke Girls. He played Connor on ABC's Dr. Ken, Quincy on Netflix's EastSiders (Daytime Emmy nomination), and Sully Patterson on Jim Carrey's Showtime drama I'm Dying Up Here.

He has done three network pilots with James Burrows including Me & Mean Margaret, Relatively Happy[12], and Superior Donuts.

Guarino is appearing in Logan Paul's feature Airplane Mode (2019).

Directing and producing[edit]

Guarino is the director of the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase in Los Angeles (2017–present). Notable alumni include Tiffany Haddish, Kate McKinnon, Fortune Feimster, Justin Hires, Nicole Byer, Nasim Pedrad, John Milhiser.[13][14]

He previously directed Kate McKinnon's one-woman show Best Actress at the Upright Citizens Brigade.[15] He directed Showgirls: Live in Drag starring RuPaul's Drag Race stars Willam Belli, Detox Icunt, and Vicky Vox.[16][17]

In 2015, Guarino co-produced and co-wrote a CBS sketch comedy pilot called The Night Crew with Michael Serrato, Steven Borzachillo, Mark Hurtado, and Ryan Noggle David Burtka, and Neil Patrick Harris starring himself Tiffany Haddish, Fortune Feimster, Jimmy Ray Bennett, and Nico Santos.

Personal life[edit]

Guarino is openly gay.[18][19][20][21]



Year Title Role Notes
2006-2010 The Big Gay Sketch Show Various 23 Episodes
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Garrett Season 8, Episode 15 "Haystack"
The Wedding Bells Ross Season 1, Episode 3 "Wedding from Hell"
2010 'Til Death Ryan Season 4, Episode 25 "Sell the House"
2011-2013 Happy Endings Derrick 7 Episodes
2012 Hustling Don Dixon 4 Episodes

Nominated - 7th Indie Series Awards Best Guest Actor - Drama

2013 The Neighbors Chad Season 1, Episode 16 "Mother Clubbers"
The Gates Brett Pilot
2014 The Comeback Chateau Host Season 2, Episode 1 "Valerie Makes a Pilot"
Marry Me Derrick Season 1, Episode 3 "Scary Me" (Crossover character from Happy Endings)
Finding Carter Toby 4 Episodes
Jessie James McMillan Season 3, Episode 10 "Snack Attack"
2015 Life's A Drag (short) DJ Tricky Dicky Season 1 Episode 1 "Retrograde"

Won - 7th Indie Series Awards Best Guest Actor - Comedy

Sofia the First King Marcus Season 3, Episode 5 "Minding The Manor"
Sorry, Ari Marcus 4 Episodes
2016 Gay Skit Happens Various 2 Episodes
Me & Mean Margaret Paul Pilot
2016-2017 Relatively Happy Perry Pilot
Dr. Ken Connor 9 Episodes
Superior Donuts Brad Pilot
2 Broke Girls Richie Season 6, Episode 13 "And The Stalking Dead"
2017-2018 I'm Dying Up Here Sully Patterson 10 Episodes
2018 EastSiders Quincy 12 Episodes

Nominated - 7th Indie Series Awards Best Supporting Actor - Drama

Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award Supporting Actor In A Daytime Drama Series

The Strivers Mark Cicero Pilot


2002 The Year That Trembled Gilbert Blakely
2008 The Clique Vincent
Confessions of a Shopaholic Allon
2009 An Englishman in New York) Demonstrator
I Hate Valentine's Day Bill
2010 BearCity Brent Richards Won - Outfest Award for Best Actor[22]
2012 BearCity 2: The Proposal Brent Richards
2016 BearCity 3: Brent Richards-Dean
The Happys Johnathan
2018 Airplane Mode Himself TBD Release

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Organization Category Result
2015 Hustling 7th Indie Series Awards Best Supporting Actor — Drama Nominated[23]
2015 Life is a Drag 7th Indie Series Awards Best Guest Actor — Comedy Won[24]
2018 EastSiders 45th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series Nominated[25]


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  2. ^ "Check Out The Best of Stephen Guarino on "Happy Endings"!". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  3. ^ "Stephen Guarino Will Eat You Alive". The Advocate, November 22, 2011.
  4. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "The Big Gay Sketch Show - TV". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  5. ^ "INTO: A Digital Magazine for The Modern Queer World". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  6. ^ Renninger, Bryce J. (2010-07-18). "Outfest Awards "Marine Story," "Bearcity" with 2010 Awards". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  7. ^ Gelder, Lawrence Van. "THEATER REVIEW; They're Just Making It Up As They Merrily Go Along". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
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  9. ^ Confessions of a Shopaholic, retrieved 2018-09-13
  10. ^ I Hate Valentine's Day, retrieved 2018-09-13
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-02-24). "Two Comedians Land Talent Holding Deals". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  12. ^ Relatively Happy, retrieved 2018-09-13
  13. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2017-11-06). "CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase Gets New Co-Directors, Head Writers After Rick Najera's Exit". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  14. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2018-01-03). "CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase Has Its 2018 Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  15. ^ "Kate McKinnon: BEST ACTRESS". UCB Theatre. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  16. ^ Lecaro, Lina (2011-11-15). "Showgirls in Drag at the Dragonfly: The Classic Elizabeth Berkley Film, With Cross-Dressing". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  17. ^ I Hate Valentine's Day, retrieved 2018-09-13
  18. ^ Nichols, Larry (November 27, 2014). "Out comedian stars in new talking-head show". Philadelphia Gay News.
  19. ^ DiGuglielmo, Joey (November 4, 2014). "Comedic yin and yang". Washington Blade.
  20. ^ Guarino, Stephen (November 22, 2011). "Stephen Guarino Will Eat You Alive". The Advocate (Interview). Interviewed by Jami Smith.
  21. ^ Guarino, Stephen (July 9, 2009). "Nobody's Role Model: An Interview with Out Actor Stephen Guarino". Towleroad (Interview). Interviewed by Matthew Rettenmund.
  22. ^ Renninger, Bryce J. (2010-07-18). "Outfest Awards "Marine Story," "Bearcity" with 2010 Awards". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  23. ^ "7th Annual Indie Series Awards - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)". INDIE SERIES AWARDS. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  24. ^ "7th Annual Indie Series Awards - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)". INDIE SERIES AWARDS. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
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