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Ha!ifax ComedyFest Announces New Host: Trent McClellan

Ha!ifax ComedyFest has a new host – Trent McClellan, one of the stars of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.  McClellan has been making audiences laugh at comedy clubs, festivals, and on television for 20 years. Originally from Corner Brook, NL, then Calgary AB, McClellan now calls Halifax NS home. This year’s festival is slated for April 27-30 and will be recorded for broadcast and streaming on CBC and CBC Gem. Tickets are on sale now, available at

The Halifax Festival was my first crack at getting on TV as a stand-up many years ago, so to become the host of it now is truly an honour,” says McClellan.

 Trent earned his spot as an official cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes in 2017. Trent also hosts his podcast The Generators, where he’s chatted with entertainment icons such as Ron Maclean, Dr. David Suzuki, Sam Roberts and the late Bob Saget.

As the host of the annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest, McClellan follows in the footsteps of fellow Newfoundlander and 22 Minutes star Mark Critch, who has brilliantly hosted the festival for the past 16 years. Critch is also the creator and star of his new series Son Of A Critch, which has received rave reviews and sky-high ratings since its launch in January on CBC and CBC Gem.

“We were so lucky to have Mark Critch as a host all these years. We’re sad to see him move on, but we’re delighted at his well-deserved success. Now it’s Trent’s turn to own the Halifax stage. Comedic lightning is striking in the same place twice. Everybody wins!” says the television series Executive Producer Geoff D’Eon of Pilot Light Productions.

The Ha!ifax ComedyFest is produced by Premiere Entertainment Group. PEG President Kim Hendrickson says: “Trent has become a festival fan favourite over the years, and we are thrilled to have him as the new host for the Ha!ifax ComedyFest.  The transition of such exceptional talent from Mark to Trent will be seamless”.

The Ha!ifax ComedyFest is one of the top events in Canada’s comedy industry calendar. The festival features a mix of local, Canadian and international comics, who perform over four days and nights in venues from small clubs to soft seat theatres. 2022 marks the festival’s 27th year of success in the funny business.

Tickets are on sale at  Follow the festival on Facebook at @HalifaxComedyFest, and Twitter and Instagram at @HfxComedyFest.

The festival is sponsored by Atlantica Hotel Halifax, the Government of Canada, the City of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia and supported by the Halifax Comedy Festival Society.