• Tom Papa

  • Jeremy Hotz

  • Greg Proops

  • Nikki Payne

  • Kabir Singh

  • Martha Chaves

  • Derek Edwards

  • Jean Paul

  • Lachlan Patterson

  • Gavin Matts

  • Jenn Labelle

  • Nathan Macintosh

  • Pete Zedlacher

  • Phil Hanley

  • MJ

  • Nile Séguin

  • Adam Christie

  • Adrienne Fish

  • Cedric Newman

  • Hunter Collins

  • Kyle Brownrigg

  • Travis Lindsay

  • Rob Pue

  • Courtney Gilmour

  • Rob Ross

  • Peter White

  • Nigel Grinstead

  • Kyle Hickey

  • Jay Malone

  • Melissa Story

  • Bryan O’Gorman

  • Mark Critch

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The Event

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 with multiple shows across the city.

The Halifax ComedyFest is shot by Pilot Light Productions and aired on CBC TV each year in a six-part series.  It is one of only three comedy festivals in Canada broadcast nationally on TV.

Don’t miss out on the laughter – get your tickets to the funniest party in town!


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.  The festival boasts multiple shows in various venues across the city and international headlining artists.

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

The Best of the Fest

Stay tuned for information on The Best of the Fest 2018.


Ha!ifax ComedyFest presents Laugh@Lunch at the Halifax Central Library. This free event features three comedians from the festival line-up performing a lunch-hour show in the library’s Paul O’Regan Hall. Tickets for the 2018 event, happening on April 27, will be available in early March.

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Photography by Chr!s Sm!th


Watch videos of past episodes at CBC Television.


Ha!ifax ComedyFest would like to thank our partners, sponsors and volunteers.

Board of Directors

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, CMA, CPA

    MUFG Investor Services

  • Maurice Chiasson

    QC, Stewart McKelvey

  • Laurie Jones

    Associate, Stewart McKelvey

  • Kevin MacIntyre

    Director of Marketing and Communications, Halifax Partnership

  • Leanne Strathdee

    Owner, Strathdee & Company

Contact Us

Got Questions?

Event Information

Project Manager

Performer Submissions

Please note: Submissions are now closed.

Christina Edwards


Kim Hendrickson

Social media partners and on-line promotions

Michelle McCann

Interview booking with performers

Christina Edwards

Write Us

Halifax Comedy Festival Limited
Premiere Entertainment Group
1150 Belmont on the Arm
Halifax, NS B3H 1J3

Book a Comedian for your event

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Where to Stay

The host hotel for  Ha!ifax ComedyFest is Delta Hotels by Marriott Halifax located on Barrington Street in Downtown Halifax.  Offering a $139 Ha!ifax ComedyFest rate to those attending the festival shows, we encourage you to book your stay with them. Click here to take advantage of their special rate.