If you want to do it, quit thinking about doing it and just do it.
Do it the way you want to do it and don't worry about what others think (as long as your way of doing it doesn't rip somebody else off.)
It doesn't matter as much as you think it does where or when you start doing it. If you can do it where you are right now, awesome. If you can't, you can wait because you don't really have to be in a rush, you can move but don't expect that to magically fix everything or you can create your own opportunities but know that's an undertaking with consequences.
It doesn't matter as much as you might think how you, personally, do something if it allows you to get what is funny and original in your head out of your head and make it funny to someone else. And while learning how others do what they do can inform your process, there's no one perfect way to do it.
In general, there's no trick but to do it.
Try it and see. If it works, awesome. If it fails, well, then, now you know what doesn't work. Or recognize that there are a million reasons why something might not have worked once and you should probably try it again.
You shouldn't seek out failure but you shouldn't be terrified of possible failure to the point of not trying either.
Don't get into comedy to make friends. Don't go into comedy to find love. Don't go into comedy to become famous. We all do and we all find heartbreak. Suck it up and deal with it.
You have no idea how much you don't know. You have even less of an idea how you'll change when you start to find out.
Be as nice as you can to everyone. Your future in comedy depends more on people finding you easy to get along with than it does in how fucking funny you are.
Deal with disappointment better. Comedy isn't pretty and comedy isn't fair. Someone who isn't as fucking funny as you are will get opportunities you won't get, will move up faster than you will, will become everything you deserve to be.
When something good happens for you, don't let yourself think it's because you're special or that you've earned it...even if it's true.
We're all needy, we're all bitter and we're often pitted against each other for the amusement of those who have power over us--the sooner you accept that, the less unnecessary stress you'll add to what is already hard enough.
The world is a lot less interested in your journey and your process than you could ever imagine.
Your friends will stop being interested in seeing you at open mics very quickly.
It's all a lot easier with a comedy buddy who you trust to encourage you and be totally honest with you whenever you need one or the other. Good luck finding one!
Lists of vague generic advice from a comedian you've never actually seen perform comedy are worth exactly as much as the paper they're not printed on.
pg--I'm sure I forgot a few.--seattle