The Resource Flying funny : my life without a net, Dudley Riggs ; foreword by Al Franken

Flying funny : my life without a net, Dudley Riggs ; foreword by Al Franken

Label
Flying funny : my life without a net
Title
Flying funny
Title remainder
my life without a net
Statement of responsibility
Dudley Riggs ; foreword by Al Franken
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"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 791.3092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV1811.R44
LC item number
A3 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Flying funny : my life without a net, Dudley Riggs ; foreword by Al Franken
Publication
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
COVER; Half-title page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Foreword; FLYING FUNNY; I rosin my hands . . .; Introduction; 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. Flying Funny; 8. Clown Diplomacy; 9. Fliffus It Is!; 10. Word Jazz; 11. Never Let Them Know You Can Drive a Semi; 12. Change the Act?; 13. Yes ... Please!; 14. Instant Theater; 15. The New Ideas Program; 16. Theater Without a Net; The height is not a problem. . . .; Acknowledgments; Author bio
Control code
ocn980302613
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 184 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781452954523
Lccn
2017014912
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt1nzkf7k
  • 5246ceb1-0786-4456-8134-2bd4553f0abb
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36720367
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)980302613
  • pebc1452954526

Library Locations

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