• Pete Zedlacher

  • Leonard Chan

  • DeAnne Smith

  • Mike Delamont

  • Trent McClellan

  • Peter Anthony

  • Travis Lindsay

  • Clare Belford

  • Clifton Cremo

  • Evan Mumford

  • Francois Webber

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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 Promos

The host hotel for Ha!ifax ComedyFest is Atlantica Hotel Halifax at 1980 Robie Street in Halifax’s West End. Click here to book one night (including parking, breakfast and 15% off food at The Cannery) during the festival for the special Laugh & Stay rate of $159 plus tax. PLUS anyone with a Ha!ifax ComedyFest ticket will receive 15% off food at The Cannery on show nights (October 29 or 30, 2021).

The Garden (1446 Queen Street) is offering a 10% off discount for anyone showing proof of purchase of Ha!ifax ComedyFest tickets from October 25 to November 5, 2021.


Latest News

Ha!ifax ComedyFest celebrates 26 years of comedy with Unplugged Edition

Ha!ifax ComedyFest celebrates 26 years of comedy with their Halifax ComedyFest Unplugged Edition on October 29 and 30, 2021.

Held at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax Ballroom, the shows feature a stellar line up including fan favourites Trent McClellan, DeAnne Smith, Pete Zedlacher, Mike Delamont, Travis Lindsay, and Leonard Chan. Also appearing on the roster are Clifton Cremo, Evan Mumford, Clare Belford, and Francois Weber.

The Ha!ifax ComedyFest Unplugged Edition features two nights of back to back live comedy shows, that are not taped for TV.

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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