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POP INTERVIEW: “The Tonight Show” Magician Michael Carbonaro

Actor/magician Michael Carbonaro may be most recognized for his Tonight Show appearances as “The Magic Clerk.” During each sketch, he plays magic pranks on unsuspecting convenience store customers. Carbonaro’s Easter prank generated over 1 million YouTube views in a few short days.

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Actor/magician Michael Carbonaro may be most recognized for his Tonight Show appearances as “The Magic Clerk.” During each sketch, he plays magic pranks on unsuspecting convenience store customers. Carbonaro’s Easter prank generated over 1 million YouTube views in a few short days.

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Kids at my school watched these late night shows every night. Are major of your fans teens and preteens?
We get fans from across the board. I think there is really something in it for everyone. I have people who say their toddlers love some of the bits we do with live animals- and adults get into the more cerebral magic, like when a full sized wine bottle comes out of a flat envelope, or I convince them that their money is counterfeit -by ‘wiping’ the ink off of a bill they hand me, right in front of their eyes.

Why do you think some pranking “victims” don’t notice anything you’re doing? Like the obvious clothing change bit in one?
It’s amazing how we can be so involved in our own little worlds, that we don’t see things that happen right before our eyes. In one instance, I had someone so focused, by diverting their attention to what was on the table in front of them- that they didn’t notice that when I stood up from the table, that I wasn’t wearing any pants!

Have any people ever gotten scarily mad at you during a ‘Magic Clerk’ taping?
We’ve caused a lot of big screams and wild reactions, like when I made a Tarantula crawl out of a bag of chips someone was buying… but the whole idea is to have fun with people, we are never mean-spirited. Everyone always walks away with a good laugh.

Which of your tapings didn’t go as planned and came out better as a result?
One day, someone came into the store and bought chocolates that came in a flat rectangular box- and I didn’t plan to do it, but in seeing how perfect the size of the box was -right in the moment, I remembered a secret trick that my good friend and fellow magician, Helder Guimarães, had taught me. I told the customer that I had lost my iPhone, and asked if they could call it for me… Suddenly.. my phone was inside the box of chocolates that they were holding! It was one of those perfect magical moments that couldn’t have been planned any better!

Michael CarbonaroHow did you get involved with “The Tonight Show?”
I met with writer and director, Beth Einhorn of “The Tonight Show,” who wanted to do something with magic and hidden cameras in a convenience store. I came up with ideas that I could do posed as a store clerk, where the moments would be ‘magical, but somehow plausable’ -that is to say- I wanted people to react not like they had seen a ‘magic-trick’ but as if something really happened that was impossible. Beth and I hit it off extremely well. We both share the same vision of making things fun and playful, where everyone is amazed, and always has a good time.

We don’t see enough magic on TV anymore. If you could make it big in this time period, would you do an adult humor show or a family show? What would you do for sketches?
I’d like to continue doing both! Family-Friendly by day… and then a little darker by night!

How can kids practice magic at home?
I learned magic from reading lots of magic books, ‘Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic’ was a good start. I would practice in my room in front of a mirror or show endless tricks at first to my cat, then to my Mom and then when I was confident with what I was doing -I started gathering audiences together at family parties. There are some cool outlets for kids too like ‘Tannens Magic Camp.’ A whole week long Summer Camp- all about magic! Careful though… it’s easy to get hooked!

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Ben Platt Performs A Choral Beyoncé Cover And Of Course It’s Amazing

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Like Queen B said if you got it, flaunt it.

He made you cry in Dear Evan Hansen. He made you laugh in Pitch Perfect. And lately he has just been impressing the hell out of us with his viral videos. Ben Platt has got some golden pipes and always delivers big feels when he sings. Just a few days ago, Ben and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen went viral for their at home performance of “You Will Be Found,” which I may or may not still be misty eyed from. Well, Ben has gone viral again but this time it won’t provoke tears…unless they are tears of happiness because you never thought a Beyoncé song could get any better yet here we are. Ben and his pal tik-took to TikTok to share a choral version of Beyoncé’s hit song “Check On It.” The duo absolutely nails the cover and my only complaint is that the performance isn’t long enough. How can we convince Ben to do a choral reprisal of Beyoncé’s entire Coachella performance?!

Check out the impressive video below!

@henpla@tayloresings @naomijoyturner How did we do?? ##beyoncé ##quarantunes ##fyp ##foryoupage♬ original sound – henpla

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Ina Garten Makes The Perfect Quarantine Cocktail In Funny Video

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If the Barefoot Contessa says any hour is cocktail hour then who are we to argue?!

Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa herself, took to Instagram to “keep tradition alive” during these stressful, isolated times. What tradition is she most concerned with? One near and dear to all of us of course, cocktail hour! In the two-minute video, Ina gives a tutorial on how to whip up a batch of her favorite cosmopolitans. We all watch the contessa for her signature brand of calm speaking tones and party planning panache and while this video delivers on what we’d expect, Ina throws in a couple funny jokes that you would never see coming. She begins the tutorial by instructing viewers to grab a big pitcher because “you never know who is going to stop by – wait – nobody is going to stop by.” She goes on later to remind viewers that “during a crisis, you know, cocktail hour can be almost any hour.”  Ina wraps up the demonstration by advising viewers to choose the right martini glass when making this drink before pulling out a giant one for herself! Look at Ina getting all loosey-grey-goosey with us!

Enjoy any-hour happy-hour and check out the funny video below!

 

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It’s always cocktail hour in a crisis! Recipe link in profile. #staysafe

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‘Will & Grace’ Star, Leslie Jordan, Has The Funniest Instagram Account Ever

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“Well, well, well…if it isn’t Beverly Leslie.”

Any sitcom-lover will instantly recognize Leslie Jordan as Karen Walker’s vertically challenged nemesis on Will & Grace. And while he always managed to steal the scene as Beverly Leslie, the funny actor actually has quite the lengthy resume filled with all sorts of interesting roles. Well at the age of 64, Jordan may have just found his most exciting role yet…a viral video star!

Jordan chatted with Today discussing his new found internet fame. He shared that he did not even want to join social media initially but was encouraged to do so by producers when working on Cool Kids. His social media didn’t become the hotspot it is now until the coronavirus pandemic however, when Jordan says he was encouraged by a friend to use his humor to bring levity to his fans. Now on his Instagram, which has grown over 400,000 followers since the quarantines were put in place, Jordan posts a bunch of hilarious content which includes stories about famous friends, tales of his flamboyant childhood and even baton twirling.

We can all use a laugh right now so do yourself a favor and check out the hilarious videos below! To keep the laughs coming be sure to follow Leslie Jordan here!

Betty White and the freezer queen.

 

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The Freezer Queen. #bostonlegal @bettymwhite

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The over-haulin’ ass.

 

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My Exercise Regime. #sia #lizzo #bigbelly #haulass

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That time in the pokey.

 

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Pillow Talk! #friedbrain #jailhouserock #ecstasy #gomybail

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Bringing sexy back(scratch)

 

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DAY ONE: EXERCISE VIDEO. More to follow. #littlefatty #poorthing #getupandgo #gotupandwent #backscratcher

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Beverly Leslie saves the twirl.

 

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DAY TWO! #trainer #fitnessmotivation #batontwirling #fitnessforsissies

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