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.
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 and The Funatical Comedy tours. He has graced the stage with Russell Peters, Chris Rock, Jeffrey Ross and countless others. In 2009 he was the opening act for Angelo Tsarouchas's Canadian Comedy tour. He recently shot his first ever Comedy DVD "RUNNING ON ARMENIAN TIME" where he discusses growing up Armenian in Los Angeles.
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 the country but frequents the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, the Improv, and the Icehouse in Los Angeles.