The Craft of Comedy is a classic, practical, much admired (and by many beloved) guide to comic acting. The Oxford Theatre Companion describes it as “a work on the art and craft of comedy as important in its own way as works by Stanislavski and Chekhov.” While records from the early part of the past century are not entirely reliable and the terms edition and printing are often interchanged, the book has now been published in at least four editions, twenty printings and five languages, since its initial release in 1943. Simon Callow has summarized the abiding regard with which it is held: “It’s one of the first books I ever read about acting and remains one of the best. An absolute miracle of insight and witty writing.”