Go see live stand-up comedy
Like any other art form, comedy is always evolving. Before you hit the stage, you'll need to see what performers of every level are doing live right now, not necessarily just what the biggest names are doing on Netflix.
“There are so many people that you haven’t even heard of,” says Martin Montana. “Get to know the local scene, but also get to actually know the comedians you are seeing. Even start following your favorites from club to club. The concept of the Internet celebrity isn’t going anywhere, but it waters down the magic of seeing someone live.”
Yount says it’ll help to find your voice: “Make sure you watch comedy you don’t like, so you understand what else is out there.”
Don't be picky
Whether it’s the airport lounge at 4 pm on a Tuesday or the city’s hottest venue, don't turn your nose up at any chance to get on stage.
“My first time was at a bowling alley in downtown,” says Montana. “The lineup included a banjo player and a poet. I remember I told everyone I knew. I had tons of friends show up for support. I wouldn’t recommend that for a first time.”