A comedian may hold a Ph.D. or may be a high school drop-out. Neither status determines the degree of their success. In contrast to other creative professions, stand-up comedy is unique. Unlike graphic design, film production, acting, and other fields that offer degrees, there are, by and large, no comedy schools or training programs. While artists of every kind learn by practice and by doing, this is especially true in this profession. Comedians learn comedy by doing comedy. Fortunately, most major American cities have comedy clubs that are in constant need of performers. Many of these clubs invite amateurs to ‘open mic nights,’ allowing them to tell their jokes to a paying audience. Those who are endlessly curious about and observant of the world around them will have a diverse repertoire of material and are likely to create the funniest routines.