• Harland Williams

  • Lachlan Patterson

  • Caroline Rhea

  • James Cunningham

  • Nikki Payne

  • Tim Nutt

  • Mark Critch

  • Greg Hahn

  • Sterling Scott

  • John Crist

  • Paul Myrehaug

  • Peter Anthony

  • Erica Sigurdson

  • Darryl Koszman

  • Chuck Byrn

  • Dan Hendricken

  • Dylan Mandlsohn

  • Graham Kay

  • Ian Sirota

  • Jeff McEnery

  • Katie-Ellen Humphries

  • Mark Heath

  • Michelle Shaughnessy

  • Sean Emeny

  • Ted Morris

  • Matt Wright

  • Jay Black

  • Daniel Tirado

  • Mike Delamont

  • Rob Pue

  • Graham Chittenden

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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!


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


Tired of the same old staff Christmas party?  Need to spice it up a bit?  Join us for the best holiday party in town!   With four years of sold out shows, Ha!Ha!Ha!iday has become the must attend party for companies large and small alike. Contact us at or 902-429-7205 for more details.

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. Details for 2015 to be announced. For more information on HomeBridge Youth Society please visit


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Watch videos of past episodes at CBC Television.

Latest News

Ha!ifax ComedyFest announces headliners and unveils full performance schedule for 20th anniversary event

(Halifax, NS) – The 20th annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest features more than thirty comedians performing at fourteen shows at venues around the city between April 22 and April 25, 2015. Comedy legend Harland Williams, host of the Food Network’s Eat St. James Cunningham, and Last Comic Standing runner-up Lachlan Patterson are part of this year’s stellar line-up. Read More

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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

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

  • Tony Mancini

    Vice Chair
    Senior Partner, Priority Atlantica

  • Sharon Resky

    Account Executive, Atlantic Business Magazine

  • Keith Croucher

    Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services

  • Maurice Chiasson

    QC, Stewart McKelvey

  • Greg Gillespie

    Management/Marketing Consultant, 360 Business Group

  • Laurie Jones

    Associate, McInnes Cooper

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