This article is from the Stand-up Comedy FAQ, by Steven Rosenthal and Steve Silberberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
A. It is mostly a place where stand-up comedians, agents, club owners,
bookers, comedy writers, comedy fans, and an occasional doorman, sound guy
or entertainment attorney hang out and discuss performing, the state of
comedy, and other issues pertaining to stand-up comedy. The comedians in
this group range from first time open miker to nationally famous
headliner. Alt.comedy.standup also serves as an informational venue for
people who want to find out about about shows, touring, comedy CD's and the
like. Please refrain from posting binaries.