At the Laughing Skull Lounge in 2012 doing my first open mic. It was a bringer. My friends paid money to watch me do a joke about microwavable foods.
We aren't friends anymore.
I'm 4 years in and I still don't know shit. Comedy is not a race and the concept of what a comedian is will be constantly changing forever. If you want to do it, just get out to a mic and put the work in. Don't ask for permission or advice. Try it out on your own. Or don't. I don't care if you do and no one else does either. But, if you start a bar show I would love a spot so feel free to DM me.