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Conan's writer wins big at Norfolk's comedy festival

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Brian Kiley won the comedy festival's stand-up competition. Brian Kiley won the comedy festival's stand-up competition.

At the Great American Comedy Festival Saturday night, the head writer for Conan O'Brien's monologues proved to Siouxlanders that he can be just as funny when he tells his jokes himself.

Brian Kiley is the head monologue writer for Conan O'Brien's nightly cable TV show, and Saturday he was named the winner of the 7th Annual Great American Comedy Festival's professional stand-up competition. Kiley can now add that trophy to a long list of professional accomplishments, including his 16 Emmy nominations.

Michael Sommerville finished second in the voting, while Joe Zimmerman and Mark Pitta tied for 3rd. Kiley will now be invited back to the Festival next June to host the Thursday and Friday night shows.

The three-person judging panel was made up of owners and operators of comedy clubs in L.A., Florida, and Chicago.

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