If you are wanting to try stand up comedy, there are many great reasons why you should give it a go. This is based on my own experience.
1. It's a great way to make new friends
Some of my best friends now are stand up comedians. In addition to that, I have met comics who have been on television, musicians, artists, and many other interesting people I would have never known about had I never tried stand up.
2. It will boost your confidence
People will respect you because you have the guts to do something most people are too scared to try. You don't have to jump out of an airplane, ride a big motorbike, or fight in a stupid war to do accomplish this.
3. It will make you sexier
Want to talk to that cute stranger you see at Starbucks? Start a conversation with them, and tell them you're a comedian. I've been on quite a few dates thanks to this, and even been in relationships with females that started with them watching my comedy. If you do take this approach, don't do rape and dead baby jokes during your set.