Yes, comedy is like a drug. It's sometimes a good trip, sometimes a bad trip. But you can't stop doing it. If you try, your comic friends will give you a hard time. They are "enablers". They won't make it easy for you to quit. Meeting comics was an amazing thing, it was the first time I really felt like I had found a group belonged to. I guess because we are all outsiders, you feel less like an outsider. It's like being in a cult. In fact, we call non-comics "civilians".
The best thing about having comics for friends is that a. they want to talk about comedy all the time. You will never hear one say "Let's talk about something else for a change" We are all obsessed. The other thing is, b. Even if you think you are not competitive, you will see your friends doing shows and you will want to do those shows too, and before you know it you are doing more that you ever thought you would. I thought it was just going to be a hobby, like knitting or writing short stories. I had no idea it would take over my life and my brain.
The only way to be a great standup comic is to do it, and keep doing it. Make friends with comics and talk comedy. Write jokes. Try them out. Eat shit. Try again. It's worth it! The worst thing that will happen is that you will be able to get into local comedy shows for free.
Back in the early days, I didn't have many jokes, one was really just a story a friend told me that I openly and brazenly stole from her (with her permission) This video is an animation I made using some audio of me doing that joke.