Comedic actress Karen Knotts says that being the daughter of beloved film and TV star Don Knotts had its pros and cons. Most everyone knows how it feels not to be accepted in the high school “in crowd.” But at Beverly Hills High, Karen had to adapt to exclusion because her father wasn’t an “A- list enough” star. She also discovered that when her father scolded her, she needed to stifle her laughter because he reminded her so much of his character Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show.” And so it went…
Karen Knotts will perform her doc-comedy Tied Up In Knotts at Vitello’s in Studio City on October 11. It’s an homage to her father and her experiences growing up “Just this side of Mayberry,” she says.
Karen developed her 90-minute show after Don died because she “wanted to keep his story – and his stories alive.” In the show she tells about Don getting started in show business as a ventriloquist. And she reveals the story of his friendship with Andy Griffith leading to his role as Barney Fife and a full career in movies and television.
“Dad worried when a show ended, if he would ever work again. But work always came calling,” says Karen.
Between stand-up and acting gigs, Karen has performed Tied Up In Knotts continuously for 10 years around the U.S. and Scotland and annually appearing at the Mayberry Days Festival in Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina.
“Dad always said, ‘A good joke or story will get you through anything,’” she recalled.
Tune in to Karen Knotts’ interview on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI AM640, Wednesday, October 4 at 8pm.
Karen Knotts presents her one-woman show “Tied Up In Knotts,” one night only – Wednesday, October 11, 8pm, at Vitello’s Restaurant/Upstairs at Vitello’s Supper Club, located at 4349 Tujunga Ave., in Studio City. Tickets can be purchased by visiting VitellosRestaurant.com/purchase-tickets or by calling (818) 769-0905.