Dudley Riggs, an acrobat who became a comedy impresario by founding the Brave New Workshop comedy theater, died Tuesday morning at age 88. Here’s a Workshop timeline, along with a list of notable careers Riggs helped launch.
1932: Dudley Riggs is born into a show-business family in Little Rock, Ark.
1958: Riggs opens the Cafe Espresso on University Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, where performers of various stripes are presented.
1961: In collaboration with a pair of St. Paul Pioneer Press staffers, Riggs forms the improvisation and sketch comedy troupe, Brave New Workshop.
1965: Brave New Workshop moves to 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., its home (most of the time) until 2011.
1971: A second stage, Dudley Riggs’ ETC, opens in the Seven Corners neighborhood and houses performances until 1991...Read More