Comedians

  • Bob Marley

  • Cathy Jones

  • Rich Hall

  • Derek Edwards

  • Dave Hemstad

  • Mike Wilmot

  • Mark Critch

  • Aisha Alfa

  • Rob Bebenek

  • Chuck Byrn

  • Adrian Cronk

  • John Cullen

  • Sean Cullen

  • Ivan Decker

  • Erin Foley

  • Mayce Galoni

  • Kyle Hickey

  • Chris James

  • Graham Kay

  • Laura Kightlinger

  • Julie Kim

  • Elvira Kurt

  • Caitlin Langelier

  • Sean Lecomber

  • Nathan Macintosh

  • Trent McClellan

  • Darryl Orr

  • Jean Paul

  • Michelle Shaughnessy

  • John Sheehan

  • Tim Steeves

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The Event

The Ha!ifax ComedyFest – Celebrating Laughter since 1995!

Every April, Halifax erupts in laughter as comedians from all over North America hit the stage for the Ha!ifax ComedyFest.  Held over 4 days, the festival showcases over 30 comedians on 14 stages across the city.  Don’t miss out on the laughter!

History

The Ha!ifax Comedy Festival began in 1995 as an Atlantic Canadian comedy festival, promoting and showcasing talent from the Atlantic Provinces in the clubs in downtown Halifax.  Twenty years later, the festival boasts multiple shows in various venues across the city and international headlining artists.

The Ha!ifax ComedyFest is one of only three major comedy festivals broadcast nationally during prime time hours on CBC Television.

As one of the most successful, longest-running comedy festivals in Canada, the Ha!ifax ComedyFest is a must-attend event each April in Halifax.

Awards & Nominations

Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series

  • Shaun Majumder 2001
  • Bette MacDonald 2002 (winner)
  • Nikki Payne 2002
  • Irwin Barker 2005
  • Derek Edwards 2005
  • Elvira Kurt 2006
  • Debra DiGiovanni 2008 (winner)
  • Nikki Payne 2010
  • Pete Zedlacher 2010

Best Comedy Program or Series

  • Ha!ifax ComedyFest 2010

Special Events

Ha!Ha!Ha!idays

Tired of the same old staff holiday party?  Need to spice it up a bit?  Join us for the best holiday party in town! With seven years of sold out shows, Ha!Ha!Ha!idays has become the must-attend party for companies large and small alike. For more information, visit www.hahahalidays.ca, or contact us at info@pegentertainment.ca or 902-429-7205.

Small Office Big Party

Whether your office is 4 people or 104, Small Office Big Party is the place to celebrate this holiday season. For more information, visit www.smallofficebigparty.ca, or contact us at info@pegentertainment.ca or 902-430-8413.

Laugh@Lunch

Ha!ifax ComedyFest presents Laugh@Lunch at the Halifax Central Library on Friday, April 29, 2016. This free event features three comedians from the festival line-up performing a lunch-hour show in the library’s Paul O’Regan Hall. To reserve tickets for the 2016 show, click here.

Comedy Cares for HomeBridge

HomeBridge Youth Society and Ha!ifax Comedy Fest proudly present Ha Ha’s for HomeBridge, a night of comedy in support of therapeutic programming and educational experiences for the at-risk youth reside in the HomeBridge Community. For more information, visit www.homebridgeyouth.ca.

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Videos

Watch videos of past episodes at CBC Television.

Latest News

Ha!ifax ComedyFest announces 2016 line up

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ha!ifax ComedyFest announces line up

(Halifax, NS) – The 21st annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest features over 30 comedians performing at 14 shows at venues around the city between April 27 and April 30, 2016.

This year, Ha!ifax ComedyFest is bringing in some of the heavy hitters of comedy, includingBob Marley, Godfrey, Rich Hall, Cathy Jones, Dave Hemstad and Mike Wilmot. Read More

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Partners

The Ha!ifax ComedyFest would like to thank the support of our partners, sponsors and volunteers.

Board of Directors

The Ha!ifax ComedyFest is produced by Premiere Entertainment Group in conjunction with the Halifax Comedy Festival Society. We’d like to thank the volunteer Board of Directors for their time and dedication to the festival.

  • Peter Spurway

    Chair
    VP, Corporate Communications & Airport Experience, Halifax International Airport Authority

  • Sharon Resky

    Secretary
    Account Executive, Atlantic Business Magazine

  • Keith Croucher

    Treasurer
    Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services

  • Maurice Chiasson

    QC, Stewart McKelvey

  • Laurie Jones

    Associate, McInnes Cooper

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Christina Edwards
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Sponsorships

Kim Hendrickson

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Michelle McCann

Interview booking with performers

Christina Edwards

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Halifax, NS B3H 1J3

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