The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Howard, the Comedian 

Howard does a successful comedy act on a TV amateur hour telling jokes about the people in Mayberry. Everyone in town gets upset when they take the jokes seriously.



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Episode cast overview:
Andy Taylor
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Aunt Bee Taylor
Goober Pyle
Howard Sprague
Floyd Lawson
Clara Edwards
Bill Hollenbeck


After a successful bout as the MC at a local dinner, Howard decides to further his comedic skills by appearing on Colonel Tim's local TV amateur hour. He decides to add a little zip to store-bought jokes by including the names of a variety of Mayberry's leading citizens. Andy thinks he's done a great job but all he's manage to do is insult a fairly wide swath of the community. Howard soon finds himself shunned by Clara Edwards, Aunt Bee and Floyd the barber. They soon realize however that Howard's joking and mentioning their name on the air has had a particular side benefit. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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20 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Howard Sprague does his comedy routine on TV station WASG. The last three letters of the call sign are Andy Griffith's initials: Andrew Samuel Griffith. See more »


Howard Sprague is the county clerk. But when Opie walks into his office to renew his bike license, the sign on the wall says Mayberry Township. The municipal clerk and the county clerk are two different positions, even in the smallest towns. See more »

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Howard brings the funny
29 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Okay, it's understandable that viewers would not buy the premise of the nerdy town clerk cracking up the lodge members, who earlier in the season wondered how he managed to break away from Mother Sprague to join their be-fezzed ranks. However, stranger things have happened; for example, Aunt Bee's flying to Mexico City and then just flying and, later on, hosting a superpowers summit in her kitchen, the success of which teetered on whether the Russians partook of her kerosene cucumbers (rendered "peek less" by Mr. Vasilovich, which is rendered "Vasilliovich" by Barney) chilling in the fridge. Let me bemoan, here, the writers' failure to include Mrs. Sprague in more episodes. Mabel Albertson was the perfect choice for a doting mother with a withering look and a streak of self-preserving insincerity, who nonetheless had a most infectious giggle when she was at idle speed. The best line goes to Clara, who takes exception to Howard's joke about her ancestors' not getting along with anybody. A couple of great TAGS names are thrown in for good measure: Ozzie Snick and Jughead Peters and the Aristocrats. How different stand-up comedy was back then when the big-name performers just mouthed the lines fed to them by their paid writers, who worked uncredited behind the scenes. A show of hands, please, of those who think Tol Avery (formerly one of the Weaver dynasty) had the loudest, most ear-piercing voice in Mayberry. We are left to imagine what high- class goings-on take place at the annual hijinks at the Masonic Lodge.

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