Southwest Journal: The high-flying Dudley Riggs

In a new memoir, the Brave New Workshop founder writes about his life before improv.

Flying Funny (Dudley Riggs)Best known in Minneapolis as the founder of the Brave New Workshop, Dudley Riggs’ show-business career actually began decades before he opened the long-running sketch and improv comedy theater in 1958.

By age 8, Riggs had already performed on the vaudeville stage and under the circus big top, making his debut as a toddler carted around the ring by a miniature horse. Part of a multi-generational circus family, he would eventually join his parents — the aerialist duo Riggs and Riggs — on the trapeze.

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Published in: Southwest Journal
By: Dylan Thomas