Comedians

Stay tuned for details on the 2018 Ha!ifax ComedyFest line-up!

Ha!ifax ComedyFest 2018 is April 25-28, 2018.

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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!

History

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

Can’t wait until Ha!ifax ComedyFest in April? Start the laughter early at The Best of The Fest on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Casino Nova Scotia! Featuring Ha!ifax ComedyFest alumni Debra DiGiovanni, K. Trevor Wilson, and Sterling Scott. For more information, click here.

Ha!Ha!Ha!idays

Tired of the same old staff holiday party?  Need to spice it up a bit?  Join us for the best holiday party in town! With seven 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 www.hahahalidays.ca, or contact us at info@pegentertainment.ca or 902-429-7205.

Small Office Big Party

Whether your office is 4 people or 204, Small Office Big Party is the place to celebrate this holiday season. For more information, visit www.smallofficebigparty.ca, or contact us at info@pegentertainment.ca or 902-430-8413.

Laugh@Lunch

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. Stay tuned for details on the 2018 event.

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Photography by Chr!s Sm!th

Videos

Watch videos of past episodes at CBC Television.

Latest News

Halifax ComedyFest Announces 2017 Line Up

For Immediate Release - January 10, 2017

(Halifax, NS) – The 22nd annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest features 30 comedians performing at multiple shows at various venues around the city between April 26 and 29, 2017. The Festival is excited to announce this year’s line-up, featuring Jeremy Hotz, Steve Patterson, and Debra DiGiovanni. Read More

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Partners

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

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

  • Sharon Resky

    Secretary
    Account Executive, Atlantic Business Magazine

  • Keith Croucher, CMA, CPA

    Treasurer
    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

Christina Edwards
Submissions for 2017 festival are now closed.

Sponsorships

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

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Where to Stay

The host hotel for Ha!ifax ComedyFest is the historic Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. They offer a special rate to those attending festival shows, and we encourage you to book your stay in Halifax at the Westin. Click here for more information and to make your reservations.