ANA DE LARA is an up-and-coming stand-up comic and a seasoned improv and sketch comedy actor. She is making her television debut as a comedienne in APTN’s She Kills Me, where she is showcasing her stand up act and her Virgin Mary and Yummy Mummy comedy routines.
Ana ventured into stand-up comedy in the late 80′s, freshly out of theatre school. After months of open mic nights, she was hired by Yuk Yuks, but soon left Canada for Los Angeles to start a relationship with a comic. While living in LA, she continued to hone her stand-up act; she also wrote and performed sketch comedy at the Irvine Improv and the Comedy and Magic Club; and she trained with LA Connection Improv.
Ana’s aspirations, however, came to a halt when she was diagnosed with a serious illness in 1992. She returned to Canada and focused on getting well. As her health improved Ana studied improv comedy with Vancouver Theatresports League and was selected for their Resident Improviser Training Program. She also trained with improv guru Keith Johnstone and Bay Area Theatresports in San Francisco.
Ana would go on to perform in numerous improv comedy shows in Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, and Montreal. She directed her own company, Improv Victoria, for many years and was a member of Montreal’s award-winning troupe, On the Spot. She also wrote and performed sketch comedy in the Victoria Fringe and Montreal’s Sketch Comedy Festival.
In 2007, almost 20 years since her first open mic night, Ana returned to the standup comedy scene. She entered and won Vancouver’s Funniest Comic With a Day Job Competition. In the same year she created and performed a solo stand-up and audience participation improv comedy show, I Want to Go to Hell Because White Makes Me Look Fat. She would follow this a few years later with an improvised one-woman play performed with masks, The Single and Desperate Improv Show.
Ana currently lives in Victoria, BC, where she is active in the stand-up comedy scene. In 2013, she won the Ultimate Comedian Contest, earning her an opening spot for Tom Green when he toured Victoria.