Dudley Riggs

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BWN FOUNDER DUDLEY RIGGS

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A noted improvisational comedian, Riggs created the Instant Theater Company in New York, which he moved to Minneapolis in 1958 to become the Brave New Workshop.

Riggs also opened the Experimental Theater Company (E.T.C.) in the Seven Corners area of Minneapolis in the early 1970s. This theater provided a wider range of material including stand-up comedy, variety shows, and specialty acts, including the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Penn & Teller, Louie Anderson, and Lizz Winstead, among many others.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/G3j-sa3NfgA”][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][vc_column_text]Dudley Riggs wins lifetime achievement Ivey Award recalling his service and experiences with the love of laughter.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”grid”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_column_text]

Riggs has attended the University of Chicago, the University of Tulsa at Oklahoma, the University of the Philippines in Manila, Mankato State Teacher’s College and the University of Minnesota. His continuing education includes being accepted into the Harvard University Writing Program in 1996.

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We love you Dudley!
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Now in our 55th year of crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) Comedy Theatre is a Twin Cities comedy institution, and a truly unique place to laugh, learn, think, and play. The BNW has been writing, performing and producing original sketch comedy, music and comedy improvisation longer than any other theatre in the United States.

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