Happy New Year Funny People! Let's get to work! Help each other.
Fear is for the ill prepared. Nothing diminishes fear like positive experience. A constant reinforcement of positive experience is fertile ground for amazing confidence and courage, both sorely needed in stand up comedy artists.
For this reason I can't understand comics that spend so much time at pointless and lifeless open mics where there is no audience other than the bitter posse of jaded comics (only a year or less in -ha!