About

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.