Actor Michael Carbonaro

Michael Joseph Carbonaro (born April 28, 1976) is an American actor, magician, and improv artist.

Early life

Born and raised in Oakdale, New York, on Long Island, the younger of two sons of an electrician father and a nurse mother, he attended Connetquot High School in Bohemia, New York. He began performing magic professionally while growing up, earning his college tuition while still in his teens. He holds a bachelor’s degree in drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.


He is known for his hidden-camera “Magic Clerk” segments on The Tonight Show, in which he tricks unsuspecting customers at a convenience store. This led to a television series with a similar premise, The Carbonaro Effect, which premiered on TruTV on May 15, 2014, following a preview episode on April 1, 2014.

In 2004, he was featured on Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central. Following that, Carbonaro played Andy Wilson in the 2006 comedy Another Gay Movie. For his work, he won the Outfest “Best Actor in a Feature Film” award. Carbonaro has also appeared on All My Children (2006), The Guiding Light (2006), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2007).

Personal life

Carbonaro is openly gay. He has been married to actor Peter Stickles since 2014.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Empath Young doctor #2
2003 A Tale of Two Pizzas Mikey Falcone
2006 Another Gay Movie Andy Wilson
2007 I Was a Creature from Outer Space (short) Jim
2011 God Bless America Robbie Barkley
2013 The Trouble with Barry Nolan


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Chappelle’s Show WacArnold’s Manager Episode #2.2
2006 All My Children Drunken Groom 2 episodes
2006 Guiding Light Magician / Rookie Cop 5 episodes
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jeff Trapido Episode: Philadelphia
2009 30 Rock Waiter Episode: St. Valentine’s Day
2010 CSI: Miami Gabe Calligan Episode: Reality Kids
2010 How to Make It in America Marco Pilot episode
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Zelzar, The Robot 2 episodes
2012 Grey’s Anatomy Dominic Zicaro Episode: Have You Seen Me Lately?
2012 iCarly Jim Episode: iFind Spencer Friends
2012 The Newsroom Manny 2 episodes
2003–14 Tonight Show with Jay Leno Magic Clerk
2014–present The Carbonaro Effect Himself 68 episodes

External Links

Actor Michael Carbonaro – Wikipedia

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