The 905 Comedy Festival Story

In 2015, Ian Sirota and the late great Josh Haddon, sat in a parking lot trying to figure out how to improve the comedy scene in the Durham region. With Josh’s skill in running a comedy club and Ian’s countless years on the comedy circuit, the two friends decided to bring big time entertainment to the region. Hence the 905 Comedy fest was born. Why drive into the city for a laugh when the cream of the comedy crop can come to you.

The first year was a smashing success with a live taping from CBC, sold out shows, and a ton of laughs. In 2016 Josh lost his battle to cancer and the fest took a one-year hiatus but now it’s back with even bigger names and more laughs. Take the exit from the daily grind, lay back, laugh, love and enjoy the 905 Comedy Fest.

Meet The Team

Ian Sirota

This two-time Gemini nominee packs a punch of laughs. His hoax of Jerry Springer was recently named #50 in Canada’s All Time Funniest moments by Sirius XM radio.

Ian has appeared in numerous comedy festivals and has worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and many more. Ian tours across North America and last year wrote jokes with and helped Mayor Jon Tory win Dynamic Funds Humour Me Competition. Ian is the co-founder of the 905 Comedy Festival.

Stephanie Herrera

This Canadian Comedy Award nominee is a writer, producer, singer, director, acting coach, screen and voice over actor. She has performed with Canadian comedy legends such as Colin Mochrie and Patrick McKenna, founded Durham Improv Collective Inc., and is the author of: "The 10 Commandments...of Improvising!”

Her one-woman show "Am I Pretty Now?: A musical romp through plastic surgery!" received top reviews in the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival from Mooney on Theatre and received the coveted NNNN's from Glenn Sumi at Now Magazine.

*She has never won an Emmy or a Gemini, but she's been to many offices where you can hold them.

Comedy For A Cause

Proceeds from our 905 Comedy Festival will be going to fund free improv programs for the families at Durham Region women's shelters. Please visit our partner's website for more details on how comedy benefits the community.

Durham Improv Collective Inc. is a not-for-profit located in Oshawa, Ontario. Their mission: To create a fun, safe, and supportive environment for students to discover and cultivate their creativity through the use of Improv Theatre techniques.


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