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Karen Knotts learned her craft at USC, where she was directed by the great Emmy award-winning director Alex Siegal (Diary of Ann Frank). After graduating, she did shows in Equity regional theatres across the country with her father, Don Knotts, where she performed in many plays including Norman Is That You? in which she played a hooker, and Mind with the Dirty Man in which she played a prude!
Karen’s first break in TV was playing a suicidal hippy hitchhiker in Doctor’s Hospital starring George Peppard. In addition to reciting limericks while “smoking pot” in a car, the part required her to throw herself through the car’s windshield. After that fine training, Karen played a more relaxed role as a former high school beauty queen in Return to Mayberry. Bit parts in many sitcoms followed, she was even directed by the colorful Carol O’Connor. Sitting in Lulu’s Beehive Cafe one afternoon, Karen heard that Rick Sloane was having trouble casting demented prison guard Mavis for his Vice Academy series. Anxious to break the chain of “goody” roles, Karen auditioned and got the part. Vice Academy has become a cult favorite in video stores and on the Internet. Another favorite role is the sexually frustrated French artist Celimene in David Hefner’s period piece, An Occurrence at Black Canyon, which became a hit on the festival circuit last year. Karen is an alumnus of Lonnnie Chapman's GRT theater company, where she was nominated for an ADA actor's award for her portrayal of an Italian diva in the hit comedy Lend Me A Tenor. Karen's short play Roger and Betsy was a finalist for the Merce awards in 2009. She has also created a television pilot for children, Twinkles and Friends, and two comedies Dates From Hell, and But We Open Tonight!. Karen is Artistic Director for the sketch comedy group: The Laffy-Daysical Players.
Karen is currently on tour with a one woman show she wrote: Tied Up in Knotts, a hilarious comedy adventure about growing up with her fabulous dad, Don Knotts.