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The Resource Flying funny : my life without a net, Dudley Riggs

Flying funny : my life without a net, Dudley Riggs

Label
Flying funny : my life without a net
Title
Flying funny
Title remainder
my life without a net
Statement of responsibility
Dudley Riggs
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Dudley Riggs didn't have to run away from home to join the circus. Home was 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 a polar bear. At the age of five, he graduated to a risque vaudeville act during the circus off- season; at eight, he outgrew his cutes (and his child stardom) and joined his high-flying parents on the trapeze. Eventually he had to learn to "fly funny" because he grew too tall to fly straight. In one way or another, Riggs has been flying ever since. The rest, as they say, is history. And what a story it is. In Flying Funny, Riggs shares many highs and lows while describing circus life and the evolution of America's popular entertainment during the twentieth century. From his early life in circus and vaudeville to his creation of the Brave New Workshop, we see how his show business experience and instincts helped him create in Minneapolis what became the "next wave" in American entertainment--improvisation. As a young man, Riggs lost everything in a tornado, got an education on the fly, and sailed with the All American circus to post-war Japan. On a slow boat home and restless about his future, he developed the idea of Word Jazz--creating a script on stage as it is being performed--and shortly after he opened the Instant Theater in New York. Later, he moved to Minneapolis where he founded the Brave New Workshop, launching the careers of comic greats such as Penn and Teller, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Louie Anderson, Peter Tolan, Pat Proft, Nancy Steen, Liz Winstead, Al Franken and many others. Today, the Brave New Workshop thrives as the longest running improvisational theater in America. From flying funny on the trapeze to theater without a net, Dudley Riggs's story is filled with hearty laughs and eyebrow-raising insights. With a wry sense of humor and infectious warmth, he shares the exhilaration of flying whether through the air or on the stage"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1932-
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Riggs, Dudley
Dewey number
  • 791.3092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
portraits
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV1811.R44
LC item number
A3 2017
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Riggs, Dudley
  • Brave New Workshop (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • Circus performers
  • Circus
  • Comedians
  • Theater
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • PERFORMING ARTS / Circus
  • PERFORMING ARTS / Comedy
Target audience
general
Label
Flying funny : my life without a net, Dudley Riggs
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Foreword -- Preface -- 1. The Polar Prince -- 2. Vaudeville -- 3. The World's Fair -- 4. The Riggs Brothers Circus -- 5. School on the Road -- 6. The Circus at War -- 7. The Great Alberty -- 8. Flying Funny -- 9. Clown Diplomacy -- 10. Fliffus It is! -- 11. Word Jazz -- 12. Change the Act? -- 13. Yes. Please! -- 14. Instant Theater -- 15. New Ideas -- 16. Theater Without a Net -- Acknowledgments
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
184 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781517901677
Lccn
2016059307
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
ocn962232549
Label
Flying funny : my life without a net, Dudley Riggs
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Foreword -- Preface -- 1. The Polar Prince -- 2. Vaudeville -- 3. The World's Fair -- 4. The Riggs Brothers Circus -- 5. School on the Road -- 6. The Circus at War -- 7. The Great Alberty -- 8. Flying Funny -- 9. Clown Diplomacy -- 10. Fliffus It is! -- 11. Word Jazz -- 12. Change the Act? -- 13. Yes. Please! -- 14. Instant Theater -- 15. New Ideas -- 16. Theater Without a Net -- Acknowledgments
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
184 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781517901677
Lccn
2016059307
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
ocn962232549

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