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Last of the Knotts

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There’s no self-pity in this one-man reminiscence about getting out of the south and growing up in your 30s.

Doug Knott, now living in Los Angeles, was raised by a gun-toting, alcoholic “cracker from the south,” a circuit judge to boot, and his mother, a refined Yankee who told him to get as far away from family as he could.

Swearing never to have children, he ran to escape the abuse of his father, only to find out he was just like him, without the violence. But after he falls in love with a beautiful woman with a two-metre boa constrictor, he has to face up to his responsibilities, to himself and to her. And her snake.

Knott’s one hour of storytelling is low-key but expressive. It’s a soulful and clear-eyed look back on the life of an aging baby boomer, a runaway’s story, steeped in free love and recreational drugs, and the incongruities of both running from and living life.

— Wendy King

From the Fringe program:

Last of the Knotts is a one-man "comi-tragedy" and the story of poet-hipster Doug Knott's irreverent and thorny battle with becoming a father...or Knott!

After suffering childhood abuse, Doug makes a vow to be the "Last of the Knotts"…until he falls in love with a beautiful woman with a boa constrictor, and "one of his sperm clings to a lifeboat inside her." The show is pregnant with laughs, squirms and the comic and painful truth of life!

Audience Classification: Mature
Length: 60 mins.
Tickets: $10

 

Warnings: Mild Language

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