By Trevor J. Adams
Back for its 20th year, the annual Halifax Comedy Fest features more than 30 comedians performing at 14 shows at venues around the city from April 22 and April 25.
Comedy legend Harland Williams, host of the Food Network’s Eat St., James Cunningham, and Last Comic Standing runner-up Lachlan Patterson headline this year’s line-up.
Harland Williams, best known for his movie roles in Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, HBO and Comedy Central. Williams headlines the Opening Gala on Wednesday, April 22 at Casino Nova Scotia. This show also features Nikki Payne, Mike Delamont, Rob Pue, Caroline Rhea and Graham Chittenden, plus several other award-winning comedians.
James Cunningham is the host and associate producer of the award-winning show Eat St. on Canada’s Food Network and the U.S.’s Cooking Channel. Having travelled the world with his stand up comedy and appeared on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Now and Comedy Inc., he’ll make his premiere Halifax appearance at the April 23 All Star Show. He also performs on April 24 at Gala of Laughs at the Spatz Theatre, along with Sterling Scott, Peter Anthony and John Crist.
Lachlan Patterson is a Canadian comedian who won the hearts of fans and judges during NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2014. After finishing as the runner-up among hundreds of comedians, Lachlan has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and Tosh.O. He’s making his third appearance at the Halifax Comedy Fest at the April 25 Gala of Laughs Finale at Spatz Theatre, performing along with Mark Critch, Ted Morris, Paul Myrehaug and Jay Black.
The new Seahorse Tavern on Gottingen Street hosts LMAO@The Seahorse on Thursday, April 23, and The Lower Deck is once again home to two Pub Comedy shows, on Saturday, April 25.
New for 2015 is Laugh@Lunch, a free show at Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road at noon on Friday, April 24, featuring Dylan Mandlshon, Mike Delamont and Matt Wright.
The Festival’s Not Made For TV shows at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club at the Westin Nova
Scotia Hotel run from Thursday, April 23, through to Saturday April 25 with two shows a night.