Character comedian Karen Knotts is the daughter of legendary comedian Don Knotts, TV’s Barney Fife of Mayberry fame and a beloved icon to Baby Boomers everywhere.
When my father, legendary comedian Don Knotts, passed away in February 2006, I wanted to pay tribute to him the way I knew him best: as an amazing, loving dad. That’s when I created my live, one woman comedy show, ‘Tied Up In Knotts!’ I’ve been on tour now for over ten years in 32 states. It’s fascinating how the love for my dad continues to grow, the popularity of my one woman comedy show is testament to that. ‘Tied Up In Knotts’ is family friendly and at its heart, a father-daughter story. As a child I visited the set of The Andy Griffith Show and saw Dad rehearse Barney Fife, his most enduring character. I was also an observer of his fascinating relationship with Andy Griffith. In my one woman comedy show I also talk about the making of his movies: The Incredible Mr. Limpet; The Ghost and Mr. Chicken; and The Apple Dumpling Gang movies with Tim Conway. I share a few popular clips as well as rare footage from his early days in New York playing the ‘Nervous Guy’. I also talk about Dad’s childhood. The stories Dad told me about growing up in a small town similar to Mayberry resonate across America. I consider my live comedy show a ‘Docu-Comedy’, because I’m presenting the truth about Dad’s life as well as delivering laughs. For me, it’s a love story that continues to grow as I share these precious memories with audiences who continue to find joy in the legacy of Don Knotts.