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. To me, this newsgroup is like sitting at a big table in a restaurant
after a show. Some comics are ripping each other, some just stay for a
minute then come back later, some are trying to be funny, and some just
want to eat and want everyone else to shut up.