Though he’s not with us anymore to deliver those legendary wide-eyed expressions, Don Knotts leaves behind a legacy in the world of American TV and comedy. And while Throwbacks are generally reserved for Thursdays, there’s no one stopping the Outsider community from Takin’ It Back this fine Tuesday. We know life can get a little rough and headlines can start to weigh heavy, so we’ve got just what you need– some Don Knotts from his classic days. This video of him portraying a nervous weatherman will give you sunshine on even the cloudiest of days.
Don Knotts Fumbles Right Into Our Hearts
Before Don Knotts found fame in the world of television, IMDb discloses he actually performed as a ventriloquist. What started off as the occasional paid gig and party here and there, turned into the stepping stones of his entrance to comedy. Knotts actually took ventriloquy with him into his time in the military. He joined the Army during WWII and eventually transitioned from a ventriloquist to a comedian.
He toyed around with a few different education paths and moved around just as much. Eventually, stand-up stints landed him some radio time and then television time from there. He found his way to the Andy Griffith show and the rest is history. His bumbling, stuttering, socially inept characters fumbled their way into hearts worldwide.
This video is a particularly good demonstration of that. In the video, Don Knotts portrays a nervous weatherman preparing for his forecast. Unfortunately, his time to prepare runs out and he realizes it’s go time. He addressed the audience at home and begins his weather segment, but things don’t really go according to plan. His various tonal inflections and comedic timing are unmatched. At the end of the day, it’s simply good, clean fun. The grainy black-and-white picture is sure to transport you back to a time where things seemed easier.
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Daughter Karren Knotts Writes About Father in New Book
The daughter of Don Knotts, Karren Knotts, just released her new memoir, Tied Up in Knotts. In it, she delves into the highs and lows of their relationship. She remembers there being a lot of friction regarding her desire to enter the entertainment industry in her teens. She tells WISH-TV:
“I always wanted to be an actress, even when I was young, but he said, ‘No, that’s not a good life for a child.”
She remained stubborn and started performing at 16 anyway, despite his wishes. Still, she says her dad supported her “100 percent in the end.”
Actually, her dad even took her on comedy tours with him growing up. Then, after his passing, she kept the comedy ball rolling by taking on projects of her own. She even created a one-woman, live stage show of the same name as the book. This show toured through 32 states at one point and was made to honor her father’s life through different characters, stories, and jokes.