I've been a headlining and touring comic for 14 years and I have no idea where these guys get their info. Not a one of them sound like they've ever stepped on a stage before. One thing I did agree with though, it is absolutely imperative the you wrtie your own material. Pick a subject that other people can relate too, but that is also unique in your vision and interpretation and then get alllll the stage time you can!!!! That is the number one most important thing!!! Most likely, you're going to suck to begin with, but hit every open mic you can and one day you'll have your first kill and you can take what you've learned from that and tie in some more jokes in that theme. When you get comfortable on stage and the real you comes out, you'll notice your biggest transformation. Good luck.
Most stand-up comics start on their own. Once you've performed successfully at a few venues, you can look for an agent if you think you need one. The usual thing is to start somewhere small like a social club or charity - your local Yellow Pages is a good guide. I also found some good practical advice here.
You get noticed by your charisma and how funny you are... Word of mouth travels you don't need nothing else.
People always find funny ! Do your thing and if your good enough , you will succeed if your not you'll suck a different kind of seed to make a living
The Comic should write his own material in a publishable book in seven line increments each line with a function and a name for paragraph memory. Because in sequential evidence nobody can deliver real pantomiming dance material but the owner of the material. Therefore a comic should have his/her own science! The lines should be named Title of the idea, setup, pay so on and so forth ---Immanuel
Living in london helps...but I'm happy to play to a man and his dog on dover pier