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:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Dick Haynes ...
Colonel Tim
Dick Curtis ...
Bill Hollenbeck
Tol Avery ...


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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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Good Episode
2 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this color episode. It features almost every cast member except Emmitt Clark. It concerns an amateur talent television program. These talent programs were popular in the 50's and 60's on television. I remember Ted Mack's amateur hour being broadcast on Sunday afternoons. The shows were cheap to produce since the contestants were not paid, and received very little for winning. At any rate, Howard has an idea that he could be a comedian. He is mistaken, but that is part of the beauty of this show. Times were slower going in those days, and everyone did not have to be Jerry Seinfeld. There is a brief appearance by Tol Avery as a motorist who is passing through Mayberry. In the earlier Andy Griffith show about the woman shoplifter, Tol Avery was Mr. Weaver who owned the local department store.

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