‘Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter’ DVD unearths vintage ‘Hollywood Palace’ skits

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“Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter” collects the rubber-faced comedian’s 1970 episode hosting “The Hollywood Palace” musical variety series as well as bonus material including the hysterical nervous master of ceremonies routine. Above the lovable, bug-eyed “Ghost and Mr. Chicken” star is seen circa 1963 midway through his Emmy award-winning tenure on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Photography by Win Muldrow / Globe Photos / Zuma Press
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The DVD cover of “Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter,” distributed on April 26, 2011. The contents largely consist of a January 31, 1970, episode of “The Hollywood Palace” variety series hosted by the bug-eyed comic genius. Image Credit: MPI Home Video
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Don Knotts captured circa 1970 when he toplined “The Don Knotts Show” on NBC, a 60-minute musical variety series that lasted for only 24 episodes and drained the former Mayberry citizen’s creative energies considerably. It has never been seen in any format besides stray YouTube clips since it was cancelled in 1971. According to the Archive of American Television, “Two recurring features were a skit about the effort involved in putting a weekly television series on the air as well as the segment called ‘The Front Porch,’ in which Knotts and a guest would sit in rocking chairs and quietly discuss their philosophies of life. Cast regulars included Elaine Joyce and Gary Burghoff. The series was directed by Norman Abbott and ran from September 15, 1970 to July 6, 1971.” Image Credit: Everett Collection / MeTV
Watch Matt Lauer hold court with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts during a March 4, 1996, appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show.” The friends for life were promoting iconic situation comedy “The Andy Griffith Show.” Video Credit: NBC News Productions / NBCUniversal

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