Organisers of the annual Ha!ifax ComedyFest, scheduled for April 22-25 in multiple venues around the city, have announced the festival is rescheduled to October 28 – 31, 2020.
“Public health is the clear priority,” says the festival producer Kim Hendrickson of Premiere Entertainment Group (PEG). “While we’re in the funny business, we take the coronavirus situation very seriously. Given the request made by the provincial health authority to restrict the size of public gatherings in the coming weeks, we all agree that the most responsible thing to do is to reschedule.”
Now in its 25th year, The Ha!ifax ComedyFest is nationally televised on CBC. Halifax television producer Geoff D’Eon of Pilot Light Productions says “The comedians, the technicians, the audience – we’re part of the wider community, we’re all in the same big boat. We want to do whatever we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.”
The talent roster for the October dates is expected to remain mostly the same, with as few changes as possible. Mark Critch (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) is back as festival host. Principle venues are unchanged, including The Spatz Theatre, Casino Nova Scotia, The Lower Deck, and other locations in and around HRM.
Existing tickets will be valid for rescheduled shows.
For those looking to receive refunds, they may do so from Wednesday, March 18 until Sunday, March 22. Full refund details can be found at www.halifaxcomedyfest.ca.
Festival producers would like to thank the Halifax Comedy Festival Society, sponsors and ticket buying public for their support and dedication to the festival over the past 25 years.
During production week, the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest typically employs approximately 80 people, plus 30 comedians from across the country and the United States. Approximately four thousand people attend the various shows during the 4-day festival.
Ha!ifax ComedyFest is a joint venture between Premiere Entertainment Group, Pilot Light Productions, CBC and Halifax Comedy Festival Society. The event competes with the best comedy festivals in the world and is one of three comedy festivals broadcast nationally during prime-time hours on CBC Television. The television series has garnered ten Gemini Award nominations.
The festival is sponsored by Atlantica Hotel Halifax, Pier 21, Admiral Insurance and Investia Financial with funding from the Canadian Government, City of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia.
For further information, contact:
Kim Hendrickson, Premiere Entertainment Group 902 429 7205
Geoff D’Eon, Pilot Light Productions 902 441 8778