On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons ghosted the world. Three years later, we're going to try to find him.
Missing Richard Simmons starts tomorrow.
On February 15, 2014 Richard Simmons didn’t show up to teach the exercise class he had led for 40 years. He hasn't been seen in public since. Filmmaker Dan Taberski starts investigating the disappearance of his friend.
Dan begins to explore the main theories about Richard’s disappearance. A lot of his friends think Richard may just be sitting in his house. So that's where we go.
The two people closest to Richard at the time of his disappearance hate each other. This episode is about them. Plus, Dan investigates possible claims of a hostage situation and explains what’s up with Richard’s (still very active) social media presence.
We head to New Orleans, Richard’s hometown. From the food to the burlesque to the Southern religiosity, this city shaped young Dickie Simmons into the Richard we all know. It’s also where his brother lives. Dan tries to make contact.
Dan talks to Lenny Simmons, Richard’s brother. Then he looks into some of the stranger, more personal aspects of being a Richard Simmons fan.
Dan says goodbye to Richard Simmons.
Dan Taberski checks back in. And we announce the new season from Dan and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons. It’s called Surviving Y2K. Subscribe to this feed and get it as soon as it drops right here on November 13th.
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Dan Taberski is a director, writer, and producer based in New York City. He created the kids show Destroy Build Destroy for Cartoon Network, and co-created the feminist digital comedy series Our Bodies, Myself. His 2016 documentary short film These C*cksucking Tears won jury prizes at the SXSW, Seattle, and Outfest film festivals. Taberski is a former producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and worked on economic policy in the Clinton White House. He's also an accomplished quilt-maker.