Take a look at anyone’s high school yearbook photo, and you’ll get a glimpse into their past. Were they the popular kid? The edgy outsider? The outcast bookworm? Our experiences as teenagers tend to form who we are as adults. For many comedians, humor was a way to not only develop a thicker skin, but to connect with people around them in a way that they otherwise would have missed out on.
Check out these 25 comedians and decide for yourself whether they were born funny, or if their sense of humor was a vital defense on the high school battlefield.