The Craft of Comedy

The Craft of Comedy

The Craft of Comedy

The Craft of Comedy

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It is now fourteen years since this little book first appeared and I am so happy that it has proved of use to students and also to others interested in the theatre. I have myself learnt more about comedy during this time and may perhaps allow myself now, in a new edition, the luxury of a few generalizations.

Firstly and lastly I am more than ever convinced of the health-giving properties of laughter. It is, in its best form, a kind of spiritual antiseptic, and I have noted again and again how it breaks up poison in people's minds and acts as a mental tonic; how it preserves balance in emotional crises and generally tones up sagging attitudes of mind. Believing this to be true I still take the greatest pleasure in practising the art of creating laughter in the theatre and have lately had some interesting experiences.

There are, it seems to me, technically two kinds of . . .

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