"Some talents need direct influencing, some need for you to stay out of their way, the problem is they both still need to be schooled". ~dojo
A really good coach....
*...knows when to stay out of the way.
*...is selfless, empathetic, and sees your strengths as much as your weaknesses.
*...should be like an effective shadow
Coaching and writing for comedians is not an easy thing to do. As a matter of fact it's darn near impossible. Which is precisely why so many that try fall short....FAR short. They offer too rigid substandard advice and simply don't have the proper sensitivity. That's all there is to it.
It's not a matter of who you are or were or what you did, it's IF you can meld your thoughts to your student's thoughts within their boundaries and needs. And can you even recognize their boundaries/needs?
As I've always said, choose your mentors wisely kids and if you're somewhere you can't reach out to one... remember that in some way every experienced comic can be a mentor...even if you just hit gold only on a thought or two.
If more experienced comics are available, don't be afraid to ask them questions! Once you're past their jadedness you may hit a small run of good clarity and advice! ;)
"There are many fears in this world. The opportunity to educate yourself should not be one of them". ~dojo