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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.

“Earlier this year, due to capacity limits and travel restrictions, the festival and production team had to make the difficult decision not to record this year’s shows for television,” says event producer Kim Hendrickson. “However, we still wanted to keep the laughter going this year with the Unplugged edition. The full festival, complete with television production and our partners at Pilot Light Productions, will return in April 2022.”

The full lineup of shows and comedians can be found at

DeAnne Smith: DeAnne last appeared last at the festival in 2016. Since then they’ve been travelling the world and taking it by storm! They’ve also been all over TV on Last Comic Standing, The Late Late Show, and their video Straight Men, Step Your Game Up has had over 46 million views.

Trent McClellan: Best known for his role on CBC’s This Hour has 22 Minutes, Trent has appeared in numerous filmed television appearances for Just for Laughs, Ha!ifax ComedyFest and Winnipeg Comedy Festival and other major festivals across the country.

Pete Zedlacher: A 25-year veteran of the Canadian comedy scene, Pete is a regular on the Ha!ifax ComedyFest stage with over a dozen appearances over the past two and a half decades. This Canadian Comedy Award winning, Gemini nominated performer is the anchor of the Snowed in Comedy Tour, Canada’s largest comedy tour and will be fresh off the Best of the Fest tour, hitting the Maritimes next month.

Mike Delamont: A three-time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, his insanely popular one-man shows have sold out major theatres across the continent and to overwhelming critical acclaim making him one of the most successful solo performers in the country. Mike has appeared on radio with CBC’s Laugh Out Loud. CBC’s The Debaters, and was a finalist on SiriusXM’s Top Comic. On television he has appeared on Just For Laughs and Ha!ifax ComedyFest.

Tickets are on sale at

As per Nova Scotia Health Authority Mandates, Ha!ifax ComedyFest attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The festival can also be found on Facebook at HalifaxComedyFest, and Twitter and Instagram at @HfxComedyFest.

The festival produced by Premiere Entertainment Group and is sponsored by Atlantica Hotel Halifax, Government of Canada, City of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia.