Many comics know early in life that they want to be comedians. For Michael Quu, that notion was cemented in the seventh grade. “I did a comedy writing contest at school, and my teacher said, ‘You’re going to be a standup comedian.’ From then on, I said, ‘I’m going to be a standup comedian.’ I had no other goal in my head.” Of course, he ran into the same challenge other aspiring comedians encounter: How exactly do you become a standup comic? Quu decided to try improv, and did that for several years, eventually working with the Groundlings. “I love improv,” he notes. “It’s fun, but it’s a team sport. Standup is a battle. It’s you against the audience. It’s like a war. It’s a different animal.” Onstage, Quu shares slice-of-life tales, as well as stories about his family and growing up.