"I think it requires being conscious of timing and conscious of your straight man. Andy and I, in essence, I was really being a second banana. Not that Andy played it that funny, but he had jokes. Not jokes, but he had some humor to his character. It's just all part of comedy."
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive interview, Don Knotts (1924-2006) discusses his early comedy routines and ventriloquism acts which led to radio and television appearances on "The Lanny Ross Show" (radio), Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (radio/TV), The Garry Moore Show (television) and Steve Allen's Tonight show (television). The latter show's appearances segued into Knotts's work as a regular on The Steve Allen Show, appearing memorably in the "Man on the Street" sketches with Tom Poston and Louis Nye, which Mr. Knotts describes. He also discusses his early work in radio as a regular on the juvenile western adventure show Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders as well as the television soap opera Search For Tomorrow. Mr. Knotts goes into great detail in his discussion of The Andy Griffith Show, in which he played "Deputy Barney Fife," a role that won him five Emmy Awards. He talks about his personal and professional relationship with actor Andy Griffith that began with their appearance together on Broadway in "No Time For Sergeants" and continued throughout both of their respective careers. He also discusses his appearances on various television variety shows and specials; his feature film appearances; and his work on the series The Don Knotts Show, Three's Company and Matlock. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on July 22, 1999.
Video: Watch Don Knotts as "Wilbur Peterson" on an episode of Search for Tomorrow (c. 1953-54), also featuring: Mary Stuart, Coe Norton, and Cliff Hall; written by Irving Vendig, directed by Ira Cirker: