A few things I hope I convey in the Comedy Dojo about comedy.
...comedy is hard. It's pursued in earnest by special people. It is an acquired obsession. ;) You must have the talent for it and the right attitude in order to have even a chance of doing it well. Only about 1 in 5 comics out there right now are performing it even in a passable way.
...comedy must be done in your own way. Though I possess skills, experience and some even say a knack for putting myself in others shoes, I still insist you thrash through stand up comedy on a personal path. In my workshop (with emphasis on work) I can pass along things that can save you a lot of time; perhaps assist you in going a little deeper or thinking in a more expansive way, but I will never attempt to turn you into some kind of soul-less joke robot.
...comedy needs to be worked out on stage. There is nothing that will replace quality stage time used in a positive way. You can talk comedy to death or you can get behind a mic, in front of an audience and work on it.
...comedy demands a certain amount of your off stage time as well.
...Quality thinking and writing needs more time and space than a hasty few minutes before a terrible open mic or even your fav workshop.
...comedy is fragile, just as we are...it often mirrors the same failings.
...comedy is important.