A Dateless Dude, and Babes With Body Art

Q: I'm a 27-year-old male, and I have never dated. In high school I was a bit of an outcast. I didn't really do much, socially or academically. I just kind of existed. Now that I'm older and have more confidence from life experience in the working world, I want to have women or a woman in my life. However, I don't know where or how to start. I read women like confidence and guys who can make them laugh (which seems to be true for just about everyone -- who doesn't like to laugh?). But when I try to make people laugh it almost never works.