They do, however, always incorporate first time comedians into the show. So the first 5 or 10 comedians absolutely bombed their sets. Since I've been watching stand up comedy, tonight was probably the worst set I've ever seen. It made me especially upset because I didn't get to perform. Even though it was a bummer, I was a little encouraged by the lack of quality I saw by first timers. Hopefully this doesn't sound arrogant, but I saw the difference in talent. Some people will have to work much harder to become stand ups than others.
On an encouraging note, a different club owner approached me and said that he remembered me performing last week and that I should perform at his venue. He'd give me more time and a guaranteed spot. I might do this just to get more experience. The venue won't have as many people or be as prestigious though.
Oh well. The experience will be well worth it if I choose to go ahead with it.