Sir Max Beerbohm

‘It seemed miraculous how Dan Leno contrived to make you see before you the imaginary persons with whom he conversed. He never stepped outside himself, never imitated the voices of his interlocutors. He merely repeated … a few words of what they were supposed to have said to him. Yet there they were, large as life, before us…. Never was there a more perfect technique in acting.’

Sir Max Beerbohm