Don Knotts' daughter pays homage to her famous father with one-woman show
She's tied up in Knotts!
Images: Karen Knotts
Don Knotts was a beloved figure for many TV fans, but no one loved him more than his daughter, Karen.
The actor's youngest child followed in her father's footsteps, becoming an actor and stand-up comedian.
In a tribute to her late father, Karen travels around the country with her one-woman show, "Tied Up In Knotts." The show is a comical take on her father's early years in the business, starting as a ventriloquist and landing a small role in a Broadway play featuring Andy Griffith.
It also touches on her childhood and growing up in the spotlight with an incredibly successful and recognizable parent. Karen moved to Beverly Hills as a child when Knotts landed the role of Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show.
"It's a whole, kind of in a way, a history lesson of comedy as well as getting to know about how my dad developed all these characters," Karen told MetroNews.
Many people assume Knotts and his most famous character are interchangeable. But Karen says her father was so much more than the over-the-top personality of the Mayberry sheriff.
This past weekend was a sort of homecoming for Karen and the show. "Tied Up In Knotts" was featured at the West Virginia Comedy Festival in Knotts' home state.
"It's pretty nice to come there and feel close to my Dad's spirit when I visit," Karen told MetroNews. "For me, it's a good way to keep him close to my heart."
Karen created "Tied Up In Knotts" eight years ago as a way to honor her father after his death in 2006.
"There are a lot of laughs," Karen told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "Some tears, but a lot more laughs."
You can find out where to catch "Tied Up In Knots" and Karen's standup here.