Features a foreword by the late Monty Python comic Terry Jones.
Robert Ross is the foremost historian of British comedy, making regular radio and TV appearances on the subject.
The book is comprehensive, covering more than 100 comedians: as well as those from the UK, there are 15 Americans and a handful from elsewhere (Australia, Russia, Italy, Germany and France).
Integrated mono photographs throughout, and a colour plate section.
Robert Ross: Robert Ross is the leading authority on the history of British comedy. His sixteen books include The Monty Python Encyclopedia, The Carry On Story, Sid James – Cockney Rebel, The Complete Terry-Thomas and official BBC celebrations of Fawlty Towers, Last of the Summer Wine and Steptoe and Son. His latest book is a critically-acclaimed biography of Marty Feldman.
He is a frequent guest on radio and his many television credits include interviews for What's A Carry On?, Top Ten: Comedy Records, Will the Real Basil Fawlty Please Stand Up?, What the Pythons Did Next, Richard & Judy and BBC News. He lives in Buckinghamshire. www.robertross.co.uk