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By Dudley Riggs

Dudley Riggs didn’t need to run clear of domestic to hitch the circus. domestic was once 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 means of a polar undergo. 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. finally he needed to learn how to “fly humorous” simply because he grew too tall to fly immediately. in a single method or one other, Riggs has been flying ever since.

The leisure, as they are saying, is heritage. And what a narrative it truly is. In Flying Funny, Riggs stocks many highs and lows whereas describing circus existence and the evolution of America’s well known leisure through the 20th century. From his youth in circus and vaudeville to his production of the courageous New Workshop, we see how his convey company 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, received 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 built the assumption of be aware 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 akin to Penn and Teller, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Louie Anderson, Peter Tolan, Pat Proft, Nancy Steen, Liz Winstead, Al Franken etc. this present day, the courageous New Workshop flourishes 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 excitement of flying no matter if in the course of the air or at the stage.

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