NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/30/11

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Adira Amram

Unique & hilarious singer/songwriter Adira Amram will be performing at Hannibal Buress' Comedy Night

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

6:00 pm ($5): “Edwina Debooveman is a handsome woman with a rich memory unaffected by her constant intake of muscle relaxers. With the help of a financial backer, a talented creative team, a rolodex of contacts to fill the house, and a flimsy show premise she will be performing her own one woman show” at I Remember: Edwina Debooveman’s One Woman Show; plus in the second half of this double-bill, a show auditioning at The Magnet with no description whatsoever and an instantly forgettable title (good luck with that…): Riot Act

7:00 pm ($5): Christina Casa debuts a one-woman show that intriguingly explains “Some candy is good & some candy is bad & some candy is full of Satan’s razor blades forged by 10,000 tortured souls in the bowels of the underworld. Hooray!” directed by Lorie Steele: Eat the Candy

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Rory Albanese (Executive Producer of The Daily Show), Jamie Kilstein (Conan O’Brien), Reese Waters, and more performing at this free LES stand-up show at Pianos hosted by Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show): It Is It

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($7): “Live music and some amazing actors perform new school radio drama, complete with sound effects.” Created and starring Melanie Hoopes, with performer genius Ed Herbstman (Melanie’s husband), Arthur Aulisi, Jenny Bacon, and Kelly Park, plus tonight’s musical guest composer Konrad Meissner, in a show that’s getting buzz (and barring mishaps, I’ll finally see it tonight): Laurie Stanton’s Sound Diet

8:00 pm ($7): Typically stellar stand-ups (not yet announced, but you might find an update by clicking here) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.)  A long-time cast member of MAD TV headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Bobby Lee

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing stand-up at The PIT for a free weekly show typically hosted by Sean Donnelly and Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[TOP PICK]  [FREE] 9:00 pm: Brilliant & hilarious musical guest Adira Amram, plus superb stand-ups Dan St. Germain, Mike DeStefano, Godfrey, and Ryan Hamilton, all performing at Brooklyn’sKnitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Mike Dobbins (unique stream of consciousness comic), Sean Donnelly (host ofLil’ Seany Boy), Nick Turner (host of Too Cool for School), and Mike Birch performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Streeter Seidell (College Humor), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Sarah Tollemache (Last Comic Standing), and Kevin Barnett (host of Round Table of Gentlemen) performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

9:30 pm ($5): Two improv groups compete for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes, plus there’s an escalating challenge component—atMagnet Inferno

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Ali Wong (comedy human dynamo who’s always worth catching; MTV), Rachael Parenta (, and Shawn Hollenbach (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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