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Press release from CNW Group

Canada's Next Top Comic 2010 Winner Announced in XM Canada's Second Annual Contest

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Canada's Next Top Comic 2010 Winner Announced in XM Canada's Second Annual Contest05:59 EDT Wednesday, September 01, 2010 Comedian Matt O'Brien captures the 2010 title as Canada's favourite funnyman TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - XM Canada today announced that young and outspoken Toronto comedian Matt O'Brien has been named Canada's Next Top Comic. XM Canada, the country's leading audio entertainment company, will officially present O'Brien with the crown on Laugh Attack (XM 153) at 7:00 a.m. ET today as a part of the company's ongoing commitment to encourage and develop Canadian talent. Narrowed down from eight finalists, O'Brien joked his way to the top and secured the win to become the second comedian to hold the title of Canada's Next Top Comic. The runner up was emerging comedian Leland Klassen of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Torontonian Jeff Elliott finished in third place. O'Brien, also known as O.B. (a nickname that he jokingly said he shares with a slightly more famous feminine hygiene product), showcased his talent in a five minute audio recording. He kept audiences in hysterics as he joked about funny life observational bits that include the "right" way to plan a surprise party and what dreams can do to our bodies. To hear more, check out O'Brien's winning submission and original sense of humour at In addition to having the bragging rights of being named Canada's Next Top Comic, O'Brien has also won $2,000 cash, a spot to appear live at a major Canadian comedy festival, and a professionally recorded CD of his performance.  Watch for Matt at the Global ComedyFest Vancouver event on Wednesday, September 22(nd) where he will perform his best material as he grows his profile and expands his comedic career. "For the second straight year, XM Canada has helped uncover one-of-a-kind talent in the Canadian comedy community," said Joe Thistel, Director of Programming, Sports & Talk, XM Canada. "It is clear that Canada's pool of extremely talented comedians is growing as we received twice as many submissions as compared to last year. Finding fresh comedic content for our dedicated listeners will always remain a top priority and what better place to do that then in our own backyard." XM Canada? is the nation's premier destination for comedy entertainment with six dedicated channels delivering a number of comedic styles to listeners. Laugh Attack, the nation's only all-Canadian comedy channel is home to great emerging Canadian comics like Matt O'Brien. Other channels  in XM's comedy line-up include Laugh USA, a showcase a rich pool of extraordinary comedic talent from Canada and the United States; Blue Collar Radio; The Foxxhole, featuring comedy by actor Jamie Foxx and friends; and The Virus, offering listeners uncensored comedy at its best. XM is a proud supporter of emerging Canadian talent and reaches out across the country to sponsor and support Canadian musicians, performers, songwriters and comedians through festivals, live performances, awards shows, financial support, promotions and exposure.  From Laugh Attack to The Verge and 11 other Canadian content channels, XM Canada? is committed to delivering high quality, original Canadian programming to its listeners. If you missed this year's contest, be sure to look out for Canada's Next Top Comic in 2011 for your chance to submit your funniest material at and be sure to keep an ear open for Matt O'Brien at your local comedy venues. About Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as XM Canada and is Canada's premium digital audio entertainment and information company with the best signal coverage across the country. With 130 digital channels of choice, XM Canada offers Canadian listeners the most unique and original Canadian and international programming, including commercial-free music channels, exclusive live concerts and sports coverage, and the best in talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming. A free 14-day trial of XM Radio is available at Visit for programming and subscription information. XM Canada is the satellite entertainment leader in the Canadian automotive market with long-term factory installation agreements with manufacturers that own close to 50 per cent share of the domestic vehicle market. XM's industry-leading products are available at, and at retailers nationwide. XM programming is available by subscribing directly through XM Canada and is also available as streams of commercial-free XM music channels on TELUS Mobile Radio and Rogers Wireless Radio on Demand. XM Canada is the exclusive music channel provider on Air Canada's flights. To find out more about Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR), visit our website at About Global ComedyfestThe Vancouver Global ComedyFest is in its 7th year of bringing contemporary, some say "alternative", we simply say funny comedy to the coolest city in Canada - Vancouver. From September 16(th) - 26(th) Vancouver will celebrate comedy at various venues throughout the city. Global ComedyFest Vancouver is an internationally-recognized event and has become a prime destination for all forms of funny from stand-up comedy to sketch comedy to musical comedy.  Past performers include Steve Martin, Martin Short, David Cross, Flight of the Conchords, Zach Galifianakis and the legendary Carol Burnett, to name a few. /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: The photo accompanying this social media release is also available at Images are free to accredited members of the media/ For further information: <p>Jill Yetman<br/>Environics Communications, Inc.<br/>416-969-2722 | <a href="" cr="true"></a></p> <p>Kristen Marano<br/>Environics Communications, Inc.<br/>416-969-2730 | <a href=""></a></p>