Harry Basil moved out to Hollywood from New Jersey and created his comedy acts at world famous comedy clubs, where he was discovered by Rodney Dangerfield on HBO's The 9th Annual Young Comedians Special. A close friendship developed between Basil and Dangerfield, and Basil became Dangerfield's exclusive opening act for 17 years. Basil has also opened for such superstars as Liza Minnelli, The Pointer Sisters, The Beach Boys, Gloria Estefan, Chuck Berry, Julio Iglesies, and fellow Jersey Boy, Frankie Valli. In 2001, he made his feature directing debut with The 4th Tenor, a romantic opera comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield, Charles Fleischer, and Dom Irrera, 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, Rodney Dangerfield, and a whole cast of colorful comedians. In 2003, Warner Bros. and Franchise Pictures hired Basil to write and direct the family comedy Funky Monkey, also known as Hairy Tale, which had its theatrical release in September of 2004. The film stars Matthew Modine, Jeffrey Tambor, Gilbert Gottfried, Tommy Davidson, and a chimpanzee skilled in karate. Basil then directed Cloud 9, a sexy beach volleyball comedy written and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, Oscar Award winning producer of The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby. The film stars Burt Reynolds, DL Hughley, Paul Rodriguez, and Gabrielle Reece. Basil is also executive producer and co-writer of Funny Money, a wild farce starring Chevy Chase, Penelope Ann Miller, Armand Assante, Chris McDonald, and Robert Loggia. The film had its world premiere at the 2006 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival and is currently airing on Showtime. Basil was recently hired as a comedy writer for four episodes of producer Jamie Masada's Supreme Court of Comedy. He wrote comedy material for fellow comedians Jamie Kennedy, Paul Rodriguez, Paul Mooney, George Wallace, Louie Anderson, Bob Marley, and Dom Irrera. Acting is also another of Basil’s achievements. Since moving to Hollywood, Basil has appeared in several films and television shows. He landed a feature role in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1950s period romantic comedy Peggy Sue Got Married, starring Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage. Basil was cast as a member of Nicolas Cage’s singing group alongside fellow comedian Jim Carrey. He also appeared opposite Demi Moore in the sci-fi cult film, The Seventh Sign, and wrote himself small parts in Ladybugs and Meet Wally Sparks. In 1990, after only several years in the business, then NBC chief Brandon Tartikoff signed Basil to a network development deal. Out of that came several television pilots, one, a spin-off from the hit series Family Ties. Basil has been a frequent favorite on many of the stand up comedy shows. He’s appeared on An Evening at the Improv, Caroline's Comedy Hour, Comedy Central, MTV, Showtime, and HBO.