• Alonzo Bodden

  • Hal Sparks

  • Shaun Majumder

  • Debra DiGiovanni

  • Steve Patterson

  • Mark Critch

  • Trent McClellan

  • Eman El-Husseini

  • Ryan Belleville

  • Angelo Tsarouchas

  • Mike Delamont

  • Tim Nutt

  • Erica Sigurdson

  • Adam Delorey

  • Hoodo Hersi

  • Matt Wright

  • Peter Anthony

  • Michael Moses

  • Shelina Merani

  • Mayce Galoni

  • Charles Haycock

  • Ted Morris

  • Andrew Johnston

  • Andrew Barr

  • Chanty Marostica

  • Pete Johansson

  • Leonard Chan

  • Sophie Buddle

  • Nick Martinello

  • Matt Falk

  • Shawn Hogan

  • Drew Behm

  • Kyle Brownrigg

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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

Can’t wait until Ha!ifax ComedyFest in April? Start the laughter early at The Best of The Fest, featuring Ha!ifax ComedyFest alum Orny Adams, on November 24, 2018. Click here for details.

Last Laugh Comedy Club

Masterminded by the producers of Ha!ifax ComedyFest in partnership with Atlantica Hotel Halifax, Last Laugh Comedy Club features powerhouse talents you’ve seen on television and at major festivals, along with incredible comics from all over the freakin’ place. Click here for more information.


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. Details for the 2019 event will be available in early March.

Watch the Fest!

Watch videos of past episodes of Ha!ifax ComedyFest 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

    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

Got Questions?

Event Information

Project Manager

Performer Submissions

Submissions for 2019 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

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.  Stay tuned for a special festival rate.