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Marilyn Sands

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Marilyn Sands is a Former 80's Stand-up Comic, her Essays can be found on salon.com & her unsold Screenplays in her Top Drawer...next to the hard liquor! "Author of 2 Works of Fiction....my Diary & my Resume"! ha ha All my Articles are Copyrighted & yes, I'll know! ha ha

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NOVEMBER 16, 2012 12:08PM

"KAREN KNOTTS Knows Komedy is Funnier with K's"!

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Not Donna Knotts, Donatella or Demi Knotts...but Karen Knotts - Actress, Playwright, Producer, Stand-up Comic!

Yes, Karen is the Real Deal!  Part Clown, Part Bearded lady, Part Ringmaster! 

(sorry about the Bearded part, Karen - I have something for that)

Born to be on Stage; Karen's a Combination of Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Fanny Brice & Charles Nelson Reilly!

Daughter of Beloved Funnyman Don Knotts - Karen has the Comedy Chops & Timing of any Veteran Showman - from Vaudeville to The Borscht Belt to "The Housewives of Mayberry"!

Just when you think she's emptied her bag of tricks; she surprises us with more - Actress in a TV Mini-Series, Sit-Com with Caroll O'Connor, TV Roles "Return to Mayberry" & "Vice Academy", Equity Regional Theatre receiving an ADA Actor's Award & has her sights on Broadway.

In her loving Tribute to her father, her One Woman Show - "Tied Up In Knotts"; shows her mastery of the art form with her inventiveness & range of characters, whimsical musings & deep, deep love for her Dad - the legendary Comic the World has taken to its heart.

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What a thrill it must've been for her to perform this Touring Show recently in Mt. Airy, North Carolina - at "The Mayberry Days Celebration".

Known best for his hilarious portrayal of "Barney Fife" in iconic "The Andy Griffith Show" in which he won 5 Emmys & played the Landlord, Mr. Furley in "Three's Company" - Don Knotts worked all his life starring in a multitude of Movies, Stage, TV & had the Face for Radio!

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Meeting with her here in L.A. was a joy & while she couldn't possibly name all the Greats her Father worked with - besides Andy Griffith & Ron Howard - I got a feeling it was an extra treat to have played with Bill Cosby & Tim Conway.

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The first time I saw Karen's Father was on early TV in 1956; on "The Steve Allen Show" in "The Man On The Street" Interviews.

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Don was both exhaustingly funny & endearing with his portrayal of an extremely nervous man.  At different times, he said he was "A Brain Surgeon or Explosives Expert"!

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Things I didn't know: he was a small town boy from Morgantown, West Virginia & started out as a Ventriloquist, then formed a Comedy Team, enlisted in the Army & Entertained Troops & got to work on stage in "The Odd Couple" with Art Carney!

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And in 1992 on "Don Knotts Day" - not only did his Hometown change the name of the Street to "Don Knotts Boulevard" - they named him Honorary Deputy Sheriff AND...there's a Statue of him - but I heard it's a little "Shaky"!

As a new Fan I can say; Karen Knotts is not at all shaky - strong on natural talent & grace - passionate & compelling in her quest for laughs in a world hungry for her bountiful wit.

Any Father would be proud!   

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Don & Karen Knotts

 

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I didn't know Don Knotts had a daughter in show biz. Unlike most stars today, his family remained private. Since his image is so indelibly marked by his comic roles, I was surprised to read in his obit that he started his TV career on a soap opera. I'm glad his daughter seems to be doing well.
Thanks so much Cranky! As Karen pours her Love for her father into her performances in her One Woman Show; her own gifts emerge!
Passed thru Mt. Airy recently but couldn't get a room there because it was Mayberry Days. Don Knotts one of a kind. Didn't know he had such a talented and beautiful daughter. R
Thanks so much Jer! I think right about now - we'd all like to go back to the simplier "Mayberry Days" - go fishin', bake a pie and maybe get arrested by the Deputy Sheriff like Don!

Happy Thanksgiving to All!
M, I've been waiting and hoping for this post. I'm delighted you're working with this rising talent, and if her show comes to Houston, I am so there. Thanks!

Personal note: I'll be observing a month of blog fasting at OS on Monday in support of the protest among those moving to OurSalon.ning for at least 30 days. This is a time for reading and reflection and thinking about where I (and we) want to go from here. Did you mention whether you had a view on this matter? I'm finding OS almost unusable these days and will be looking for alternatives.

I especially like the OurSalon tagline: "Writers at Play." That would be us.
[r] a nice tribute and am eager to enjoy her stuff. knotts and carney as the odd couple. wow! remember knotts in move over darling with doris day and james garner. what a hoot. he was the faux-"adam" iirc. don knotts is one of history's most extraordinary comedians. was so happy to see him on Matlock. He and Andy Griffith thrived from their friendship obviously. i have no doubt his daughter's got the gift. best, libby