• Godfrey

  • Bob Marley

  • Cathy Jones

  • Rich Hall

  • Dave Hemstad

  • Mike Wilmot

  • Mark Critch

  • Aisha Alfa

  • Rob Bebenek

  • Chuck Byrn

  • Adrian Cronk

  • John Cullen

  • Ivan Decker

  • Erin Foley

  • Mayce Galoni

  • Chris James

  • Graham Kay

  • Julie Kim

  • Elvira Kurt

  • Caitlin Langelier

  • Marito Lopez

  • Nathan Macintosh

  • Trent McClellan

  • 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!


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!idays has become the must attend party for companies large and small alike. For more information, visit, or contact us at or 902-429-7205.

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 2016 to be announced. For more information on HomeBridge Youth Society please visit


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. Details for the 2016 show to be announced.

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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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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

  • Sharon Resky

    Account Executive, Atlantic Business Magazine

  • Keith Croucher

    Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services

  • Maurice Chiasson

    QC, Stewart McKelvey

  • Laurie Jones

    Associate, McInnes Cooper

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