Flying Funny: My Life without a Net by Dudley Riggs

By Dudley Riggs

Dudley Riggs didn’t need to run clear of domestic to affix the circus. domestic used to be the circus. Son of the acclaimed aerial flyers Riggs and Riggs, he made his circus debut as a polar prince parading in a wagon pulled by way of a polar endure. on the age of 5, he graduated to a risqué vaudeville act throughout the circus off- season; at 8, he outgrew his cutes (and his baby stardom) and joined his high-flying mom and dad at the trapeze. ultimately he needed to discover ways to “fly humorous” simply because he grew too tall to fly directly. in a single manner or one other, Riggs has been flying ever since.

The leisure, as they are saying, is heritage. And what a narrative it really is. In Flying Funny, Riggs stocks many highs and lows whereas describing circus existence and the evolution of America’s renowned leisure in the course of the 20th century. From his formative years in circus and vaudeville to his production of the courageous New Workshop, we see how his express enterprise event and instincts helped him create in Minneapolis what grew to become the “next wave” in American entertainment—improvisation.  

As a tender guy, Riggs misplaced every little thing in a twister, bought an schooling at the fly, and sailed with the All American circus to post–war Japan. On a gradual boat domestic and stressed approximately his destiny, he constructed the belief of observe Jazz—creating a script on degree because it is being performed—and presently after he opened the moment Theater in big apple. Later, he moved to Minneapolis the place he based the courageous New Workshop, launching the careers of comedian greats corresponding to Penn and Teller, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Louie Anderson, Peter Tolan, Pat Proft, Nancy Steen, Liz Winstead, Al Franken etc. this day, the courageous New Workshop prospers because the longest working improvisational theater in the US.  

From flying humorous at the trapeze to theater with out a internet, Dudley Riggs’s tale is stuffed with hearty laughs and eyebrow-raising insights. With a wry humorousness and infectious heat, he stocks the pleasure of flying even if throughout the air or at the stage.

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