2.27.2006

Knotts

You've probably already seen this, and it's a little arty, but I did want to point out this appreciation of Don Knotts. Sample:

"Mr. Knotts, over and over, was willing to play the desperate, pathetic low-man-on-every-pole. He did it so well — never forsaking his persona and trying to seize the lead, as nearly all major comedians do these days — that his talent for abasement became a source, paradoxically, of great authority. By revealing but never indulging these pretenses, he enlightened everyone he worked with, and his audiences."
I don't know about "enlighten." But there is something unteachable and wise in comedy, I'm convinced, so when it's done well...but to talk about it is anti-comedy.

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