COVID-19 Special Notice

Due to the recent restrictions on public gatherings as recommended by the Province of Nova Scotia’s Health Authority, Ha!ifax ComedyFest been rescheduled until October 28 to 31, 2020.

We are offering two options for current ticket holders:

  1. Keep your tickets and enjoy your great seats. Your current tickets will be valid for the new dates.
  2. Return your tickets for a full refund between Tuesday March 17, 2020 and Monday, June 1, 2020. Refunds will not be processed after 5:00 PM on June 1.

For refunds for the Opening Gala (April 22) or All Star Gala (April 23) at Casino Nova Scotia, please email Ticket Atlantic at .

For refunds for the Gala of Laughs (April 24) or Gala of Laughs Finale (April 25) at Spatz Theatre, please contact the Ticket Halifax Box Office at .

For all other shows, please email us at  We will require you to forward a copy of your ticket confirmation in order to receive the refund.

Thank you for your support of Ha!ifax ComedyFest.


  • Mark Critch

  • Nikki Payne

  • DeAnne Smith

  • Orny Adams

  • Cathy Jones

  • Jon Dore

  • Bette MacDonald

  • Salma Hindy

  • Kevin McDonald

  • Yumi Nagashima

  • Gavin Crawford

  • Nile Seguin

  • Myles Anderson

  • Kevin Bozeman

  • Adrienne Fish

  • Kelly Taylor

  • Nick Beaton

  • Kyle Brownrigg

  • Rob Pue

  • Megan McDowell

  • Graham Chittenden

  • Fiona O’Brien

  • Mike Delamont

  • Dave Hemstad

  • Travis Lindsay

  • Ana-Marija Stojic

  • Peter White

  • Trent McClellan

  • Nick Nemeroff

  • Al Val

  • Todd Ness

  • Joze Piranian

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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


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. 

United Colours of Comedy

New in 2020, Ha!ifax ComedyFest presents United Colours of Comedy at Pier 21. This free event features comedians from the festival line-up performing at Kenneth C. Rowe Hall. 

Watch the Fest!

Watch videos of past episodes of Ha!ifax ComedyFest at CBC Television.


Latest News

Ha!ifax ComedyFest reschedules for October 28 – 31, 2020

Organisers of the annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest, scheduled for April 22-25 in multiple venues around the city, have announced the festival is rescheduled to October 28 – 31, 2020.

“Public health is the clear priority,” says the festival producer Kim Hendrickson of Premiere Entertainment Group (PEG). “While we’re in the funny business, we take the coronavirus situation very seriously. Given the request made by the provincial health authority to restrict the size of public gatherings in the coming weeks, we all agree that the most responsible thing to do is to reschedule.” Read More

Halifax ComedyFest Celebrates 25 Years in 2020

(Halifax, NS) – Ha!ifax ComedyFest celebrates 25 years of comedy next year with their biggest festival yet. From April 22 to 25, 2020 more than 30 comedians from across Canada and around the world will perform at venues throughout Halifax, Dartmouth, and beyond.

“We’re making our 25th milestone a huge celebration with more shows, more comedians, more venues and more laughs” says festival producer, Kim Hendrickson, “Our roster is very exciting with new faces and returning favourites, and we’ll be adding even more artists in coming weeks.” Read More

View More Press Releases and Updates


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

    Sr. Associate, Peak Experiences Consulting

  • Sharon Resky

    Account Executive, Atlantic Business Magazine

  • Keith Croucher, CMA, CPA


  • Maurice Chiasson

    QC, Stewart McKelvey

  • Laurie Jones

    Associate, Stewart McKelvey

  • Kevin MacIntyre

    Marketing and Communications Specialist

  • Leanne Strathdee

    Owner, Strathdee & Company

Contact Us


Event Information

Project Manager

Performer Submissions – CLOSED for 2020

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

Contact Premiere Entertainment Group

Where to Stay

The host hotel for Ha!ifax ComedyFest is Atlantica Hotel Halifax at 1980 Robie Street in Halifax’s West End.  Click here for the $119 Festival Rate, or call 1-888-810-7288 and reference code HFF.