Comedian Harry Basil "lives the movies." He’s a human movie trailer taking his audience on a wild romp through current and classic movies with a trunk of outrageous props and costumes that could fill a sound stage. Harry recreates and spoofs memorable moments from hit movies. He’s more than an impressionist as he physically and vocally takes on a wide variety of unforgettable actors and movie characters pulling unsuspecting audience members up on stage to act as his costars.
Harry moved out to Hollywood and created his comedy act at the world famous Comedy Store, where he was spotted and hand picked by Rodney Dangerfield for the 9th Annual HBO Young Comedian's Special alongside Sam Kinison, Louie Anderson, Bob Saget and Rita Rudner. A close friendship developed between Harry and Rodney Dangerfield and Harry became Rodney's exclusive opening act for over 17 years. Harry has also opened for such superstars as The Beach Boys, Liza Minelli, The Pointer Sisters, Gloria Estafan & Miami Sound Machine, Chuck Berry, Julio Iglesies, and fellow Jersey boy Frankie Vallie. He has closed the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, twice to full house standing ovations at the St. Denise Theater.
Harry’s love for the movies really paid off when he co-wrote and co-produced three of Rodney Dangerfield’s movies. Ladybugs for Paramount Pictures, Meet Wally Sparks for Trimark, and My Five Wives co-starring Andrew Dice Clay, Jerry Stiller, and SNL’s Molly Shannon for Artisan.
In 2001 he made his feature directing debut with, The 4th Tenor, a romantic opera comedy, starring Rodney Dangerfield, Charlie Fliesher and Dom Ierra, released by Warner Bros. He followed that in 2002 with, Back by Midnight, a prison comedy starring Randy Quaid, Kirstie Alley, Harland Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Dangerfield, and a whole cast of colorful comedians. Warner Brothers and Franchise Pictures hired Harry to write and direct the family comedy Funky Monkey. The film stars Matthew Modine, Jeffery Tambor, Gilbert Gottfried, Tommy Davidson, and a chimpanzee skilled in karate. Harry then directed Cloud 9 a sexy beach volley ball comedy written and produced by Al Ruddy, Oscar winning producer of the Godfather and Million Dollar Baby. The film stars, Burt Reynolds, D.L. Hugley, Paul Rodriguez and Gabrielle Reese. Harry is also executive producer and co-writer of Funny Money a wild farce starring Chevy Chase, Penelope Ann Miller, Armand Assante, Chris Mc Donald and Robert Loggia. The film had its world premiere at the 2007 Aspen Comedy Arts Festival.
Harry was hired as a comedy writer for four episodes of Direct TV’s The Laugh Factory’s Supreme Court Of Comedy. He wrote comedy material for fellow comedians, Jamie Kennedy, Paul Rodriguez, Paul Mooney, George Wallace, Louie Anderson, and Dom Ierra. Harry was the show runner on 14 episodes of the new kid’s sitcom The Jadagrace Show as well as director and producer of the new Andrew Dice Clay reality series, Unbelievable. He also produced the comedy film 10 Rules for Sleeping Around starring fellow comedians Michael Mckean, Bill Bellamy, Bryan Callen and Wendy Covey Mclendon.
Acting is also another of Harry’s achievements. Since moving to Hollywood, Harry has appeared in several films and television shows. He landed a feature role in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1950’s period romantic comedy Peggy Sue Got Married starring Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage. Harry was cast as a member of Nicolas Cage’s singing group along side fellow comedian Jim Carrey. He also appeared opposite Demi More in the sci-fi cult film, The Seventh Sign and wrote himself small parts in Ladybugs and Meet Wally Sparks.
NBC chief Brandon Tartikoff caught Harry’s act at The Comedy Store and signed Harry on the spot to a network development deal. Out of that came several TV pilots, one a spin off from the hit series Family Ties.