Owen Dara was born in Cork, Ireland. While in his early twenties, he left his native country and began making his living as busker, singing and playing his guitar on street corners throughout Europe, parts of the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. At age 24, while living in Melbourne, he started performing stand up comedy and soon after became a headline act on the comedy circuit. During the following several years, he performed his comedy in various parts of the world and appeared as a comedic guest on a number of TV shows in Australia, Asia, and Europe. His comedy was also featured regularly on national radio as part of the Radiowise series “Live from the Sydney Comedy Store.” He has headlined on a number of cruise ships in the South Pacific, and during one tour of Asian clubs, he recorded and released Singapore’s first live comedy CD “Comedy for Humans”.
After an almost decade-long career as a comedian, Owen chose to take a break from stand up in order to explore his other creative passions. At age 33, he moved to the United States and began performing his original music in bars and clubs around Los Angeles while also taking classes in writing, acting, and filmmaking. He has since written and recorded several songs, published a memoir “White Horses: An Irish Childhood”, written, directed, and starred in three feature films: “Choosing Signs”, which premiered at Tribeca Cinemas in New York as part of the Golden Egg Film Festival in May 2013 in which it won "Best Feature Film" and then went on to "Best Foreign Feature" at AOF Internationl Festival in California; “Thou Shalt not Steal”, which is currently in postproduction; and “Landscape”, which is soon to begin postproduction.
Owen has also written and performed a one-man show based on his memoir “White Horses: An Irish Childhood” which premiered at the Acme Comedy Theater in Hollywood, CA in 2008 and went on to do a sold-out run in New York in the summer of 2009. He recently returned to stand up comedy with his all-new show "Two Pint Wonder" which premiered in Hollywood, CA in April 2013, received rave reviews, and was extended due to popular demand. He currently lives in Los Angeles.