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Halifax ComedyFest Announces New Shows and 2019 Line Up

For Immediate Release – Thursday November 8, 2018

(Halifax, NS) – Back for its twenty-fourth year, the 2019 edition of Ha!ifax ComedyFest runs from April 24 until April 27, and features more than 30 comedians at venues throughout the city.

2019 is the festival’s biggest year yet, with new shows added to the lineup. Casino Nova Scotia hosts LGBTQLMFAO on April 26 and the Last Laugh Comedy Club show on April 27, along with the return of the incredibly popular The Nasty Show on April 27.

The festival is also taking comedy out of the downtown with shows at Montes Showbar Grill in Waverly, Brewsters Pub in Bedford, and The Lower Deck Bar and Grill in Clayton Park.

The full lineup of shows and comedians can be found at

Ha!ifax ComedyFest features comedians from across Canada and around the world, including internationally renowned performers such as Hal Sparks, Alonzo Bodden, and Shaun Majumder.

Hal Sparks is the multi-talented actor, comedian and musician and is also a highly respected, political activist with his own weekly radio show. Starting his career as a member of the famed Second City Troupe, he’s hosted Talk Soup on E! starred in Showtime’s hit series Queer as Folk and has appeared in films such as Spiderman 2 and Dude, Where’s My Car. You can see Hal at the Thursday night All Star Show and Saturday night’s Gala of Laughs Finale.

Alonzo Bodden was introduced to North America on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing, winning season 3’s Best of the Best. He can be seen in a number of TV’s top comedy shows including, Fresh Off the Boat and Dr. Ken for ABC, and Californiacation for Showtime. Bodden has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. See Alonzo at Wednesday’s Opening Gala, and Friday’s Gala of Laughs.

Fresh off his hit summer one man show “The Hate Tour”, Shaun Majumder is back in Halifax to bring his fans what they love, Shaun’s inside take on society, politics and life. See Shaun, one night only, at the Friday Gala of Laughs.

Hosted by Mark Critch, the lineup for the 2019 Ha!ifax ComedyFest also includes: Debra DiGiovanni, Trent McClellan, Ryan Belleville, Tim Nutt, Leonard Chan, Michael Moses, Pete Johansson, Shelina Merani, Eman El-Husseini, Hoodo Hersi, Ted Morris, Andrew Barr, Sophie Buddle, Erica Sigurdson, Matt Falk, Mike Delamont, Angelo Tsarouchas, Drew Behm, Nick Martinello, Adam Delorey, Charles Haycock, Matt Wright, Mayce Galoni, Chanty Marostica and Andrew Johnston.
Tickets are on sale at

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

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 The Atantica Hotel Halifax, Casino Nova Scotia, and Admiral Insurance with funding from the Canadian Government, City of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia.


For photos and more information contact:
Christina Edwards
Director of Events
Premiere Entertainment Group