Comic actors are an underrated lot. Being a good comedian requires a mastery of timing and emotion, transcendence of physical setting, empathy and the ability to manipulate each in real-time. A brilliant comic actor knows how to overdo it because he/she already knows how to do it. Consider: • Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind • Jamie Fox in Ray • Robin Williams in One Hour Photo, The Night Listener, Dead Poets Society’, Good Will Hunting, Insomnia, The Fisher King, etc.If you need more proof that comedy is not only a legitimate art form, but a true art, let’s not forget one of the most important comic artists of history: William Shakespeare. Who do you suppose played in Shakespeare’s famous comic roles? These weren’t beer-hall entertainers. They were the same actors who play Hamlet and Richard III!It should not be surprising that many artists with the comedy bug have tried their hands at the written word. I’d like to focus on one actor who succeeds in extending his reach into the realm of literature: Mr. Gene Wilder.