Between deciding to do stand-up and actually taking a stage, I listened to Louis C.K. on Opie & Anthony for about 30 hours. It helped me realize that being funny isn’t about scripting everything and making perfect jokes. Funniness is a language, a mode of communication, something that can be learned.
Of course, this listening didn’t mean I was any good when I took the stage, but without it I would’ve speant many months trying to craft something before ever taking the stage and that would’ve been a mistake. Funny people don’t become funny just writing stuff down and memorizing, they say things out loud.
Here’s one of them and they’re all on youtube. I have a special affinity for it because my daughter came to the same conclusion about homeless people.