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.  Nearly 20 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

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Thanks to the amazing comedians who made us all laugh at the 19th annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest this past April.


  • Orny Adams

  • Jeremy Hotz

  • Greg Proops

  • Cathy Jones

  • Mike MacDonald

  • Derek Edwards

  • Dave Hemstad

  • Pete Zedlacher

  • Ryan Belleville

  • Mark Critch

  • Ian Black

  • Gilson Lubin

  • Greg Morton

  • Angelo Tsarouchas

  • Nathan Macintosh

  • Mike Delamont

  • Ophira Eisenberg

  • Darryl Orr

  • Doug Mutai

  • Jean Paul

  • Leland Klassen

  • Kyle Radke

  • Tim Nutt

  • Jane Stanton

  • Andrew Evans

  • DeAnne Smith

  • Rob Pue

  • Keith Pedro

  • Nile Séguin

  • Kelly Taylor

  • Steph Tolev

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Comedy Cares for HomeBridge

HomeBridge Youth Society and Halifax Comedy Fest proudly present Ha Ha’s for HomeBridge, a night of comedy featuring Angelo Tsarouchas, Ophira Eisenberg and Chuck Byrn.  This fundraising event, in support of therapeutic programming and educational experiences for the at-risk youth reside in the HomeBridge Community, takes place Wednesday, April 23th at the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club in Dartmouth.  Doors open at 6:15 with show starts at 7:00 pm.    Tickets are on sale now for $30.  Please call 466-2666 for more information or to buy tickets.

For more information on HomeBridge Youth Society please visit


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Latest News

Orny Adams and Greg Proops added to Line up

(Halifax, NS) – The 19th annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest is pleased to announce that international touring comic, Orny Adams and stand-up comic and T.V. host, Greg Proops have been added to the event, April 23 - 26 in Halifax.

OrnyGreg750.jpgNamed in the Hollywood Reporter as a favorite comedian to watch, Adams has written jokes for Jay Leno, Garry Shandling and many other top comedians. He has twice written for the annual Emmys Broadcast and has become the “go to” guy when a celebrity needs a funny line.

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Jeremy Hotz and Mike MacDonald to appear at Ha!ifax ComedyFest

The 19th annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest is pleased to unveil the performer schedule for event, April 23- 26 and announce that Gemini award-winning, international touring comic, Jeremy Hotz and Canadian comedy legend, Mike MacDonald have been added to the already stellar line up.

Jeremy Hotz CROPOne of the most popular and unique stand-up comics working today, the “Master of Misery”, Hotz grabs audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy. He was the recipient of a Gemini Award for “Best Performance in a Comedy Show or Series” for his work in the celebrated series, “The Newsroom” on CBC and PBS in America and was a staff writer and performer on “The Jon Stewart Show”.

Hotz headlines the Gala of Laughs on Friday, April 25 at the Spatz Theatre. The show will be hosted by Mark Critch and also features, Greg Morton, Cathy Jones, Leland Klassen, Nathan Macintosh, Kelly Taylor, Ryan Belleville, Chuck Byrn and Tim Nutt. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

A Canadian comedic icon, MacDonald has appeared on numerous TV shows including “Late Night with David Letterman”, “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Just For Laughs”. He has also written and starred in three CBC/Showtime specials of his own, including “Mike MacDonald”, “On Target”, “My House! My Rules”, and “Happy As I Can Be.”

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Line up Announced & Tickets on Sale

Mark Critch header imageTickets for the always highly-anticipated 19th annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest are available TODAY with shows running from Wednesday, April 23 to Saturday April 26, 2014 in Halifax.

Canadian and international comedians Mark Critch, Greg Morton, Gilson Lubin, David Hemstad, Cathy Jones, Nathan MacIntosh, Michael Delamont, Doug Mutai, Darryl Orr, Kyle Radke, Leland Klassen, Chuck Byrn, Stephanie Tolev, Jane Stanton, and Nile Seguin have been confirmed for 2014’s line up with more to be announced in January. 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.

  • Halifax Comedy Festival Society
  • Paul E. LeBlanc

    Video Producer

  • Tony Mancini

    Vice Chair
    Senior Partner, Priority Atlantica

  • Keith Croucher

    Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services

  • Sharon Resky

    Account Executive, Atlantic Business Magazine

  • Laurie Jones

    Associate, McInnes Cooper

  • Maurice Chiasson

    QC, Stewart McKelvey

  • Peter Spurway

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

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