Ara Basil is of Armenian descent and a Hollywood native who is no stranger to the entertainment industry. His next door neighbor growing up was the guy who played BJ’s stunt double in BJ and the Bear! After passing high school on a technicality, he wanted to try directing and went to film school. After two student films and nothing to show for it, he entered the world of comedy because he had a knack for making people laugh.
Ara was able to harness his raw talent and transform himself into a comedian poised to make a big splash on the professional Stand Up circuit. In no time he was performing alongside experienced comedians holding his own and delivering a killer show on stage.
He performs annually in “Laughter for Life”, a charity showcase for the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry alongside Sam Tripoli and others. Since then, Ara has performed for countless benefits, festivals, and award shows all over the United States. He was asked to be the feature act for the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour in 2006, sharing the stage with Maz Jobrani, Aron Kader, and Ahmed Ahmed. Ara has also performed in the (Sultans Of Satire Comedy tour). Ara is currently preparing to take his act north of the border to Montreal and Toronto with Angelo Tsarouchas, a very funny Greek Comedian.
Ara’s material is rich with Middle Eastern and Western Humor. He provides an intellectual, entertaining, and insightful view of the follies of the two cultures. Ara Basil can be seen regularly at comedy clubs all over Los Angeles but frequents the Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip, the Improv on Melrose, the Icehouse in Pasadena, and the HAHA Cafe in North Hollywood.