So I've been in a cover band for the last 8 or so years, and it's fun to perform in front of people. It's not at all perfect and there are a lot of conflicting personalities in there too. But it's a trip. A gas. Radical. Peachy. All that and a bag of chips.
Last night I got into a Facebook conversation with a friend about a stand up comedy class, and she has a friend that may be able to do this locally (i.e. not a trip into Manhattan).