A) None, really. Why should your affection for the “bar scene” have anything to do with it? It’s about performing, not about mingling. Check your local listings for entertainment. Imagine you want to go see comedy instead of go be comedy.
B) Yeah, see A.
C) have no clue.
Yes, been there, done that. I competed here in LA some years ago in a citywide competition with over 110 entrants. I came in 11th.
It was wonderful, exciting, scary. I couldn’t and didn’t pursue it for a couple of reasons. First, i was unwilling to do what it takes to be a real success at it, which means traveling, traveling, traveling, traveling. It is pretty much impossible to have a serious career without hitting the road.
Second, I had a hard time keeping my material fresh. I good comic needs to be able to “sell” the same joke 500 times to 500 audiences. I could only do it about 3 times before I bored myself silly and it came out in my performance. Since I wasn’t capable of writing a new killer 5 minutes every week, that meant I was pretty much toast.
And finally…I couldn’t really hack the rejection. Even the absolute best of the best have off nights and off audiences. There are times that the audience wants to hate you and wants to watch you sweat, even if you’re Jerry Seinfeld. And there’s times you are going to suck hard, even if you’re Jerry Seinfeld. And you need to be tough enough and secure enough to weather that. And I wasn’t.
I strongly advise you to rent “Comedian”, the Seinfeld documentary. It is a wonderful, accurate portrayal of what it’s all about.
And one more thing… comics can be your best audience or your worst. Spend any amount of time in a comedy club and you will rapidly learn what makes a hack comic, and you will learn that 85 % of the comics out there are hack comics. Check yourself…if you think you might be a hack, you probably are. Either get out or get better, but please don’t clutter up the world with your crappy jokes abotu Gilligans Island and the foreign guys at 7-11.
And that’s my advice.