Emily Heller Says Her High School Debate Team Trained Her to Do Comedy

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“One of the things I learned in debate that helped me not just with comedy but with everything is, learning how to make analogies. One of the most common ways of making a point is also a really common device for making a joke. If you’re doing observational stuff, you’re kind of making a point. And the harder you can make that point hit, the funnier it can be–and I learned that from debate for sure. Making analogies to make something sound ridiculous works for both winning a debate round and making people laugh.”

-Standup Emily Heller talking to Fast Company about the many ways her high school debate team prepared her for a career in comedy.