Andy Griffith Once Opened Up About His Career as Comedian in Night Clubs

by Hannah Heser

The most iconic actor that we all know and love is Andy Griffith. He is well-known for his major role in “The Andy Griffith Show” where he shared his acting, singing, and comedy skills. But that’s not all.

According to, Griffith rose to fame in the late 1950s with acting in films, TV and Broadway productions and making comedic monologues. While the growth of his show made him incredibly popular, it encouraged him to star in the Matlock shortly after.

Unfortunately, none of us can live forever. Griffith passed away on July 3, 2012 in Manteo Roanoke Island, North Carolina. His legacy will live on forever.

Additionally, he went on the Tonight Show in 1991 and opened up about his comedy days in night clubs.

Life as a Comedian in Multiple Clubs

If you search “Andy Griffith – Tonight Show 1991″ you will hear Griffith’s story on his love for comedy in the past. He begins the comedy topic at approximately the 4:30 mark. Enjoy!

In the video, Andy Griffith said he started his career as a teacher. But then transitioned over to stand-up comedy in 1952. In order to get his comedy out in the world, he first started in city clubs around North and South Carolina.

After a few years, he went into the night club business. “And sometimes I scored and sometimes I didn’t,” he mentioned.

Afterall, what would life be if there wasn’t any humor? Outsider recently touched on one of Griffith’s all-time favorite jokes. With all of the recognition the joke received, he decided to take it behind the scenes for his fans.

Fan Favorite Andy Griffith Jokes

First of all, we all have at least one favorite joke. This one is cheesy, but “why was six afraid of seven?” Any guesses? “Because seven ate nine!” This one is definitely a classic! But most people don’t use it anymore since everyone’s heard of it.

However, Andy Griffith’s jokes were not like any others. He always had a way of making his viewers laugh with everything he did.

One example came from with “A Female Manicurist.”

“An attractive young manicurist, Ellen Brown, starts working at Floyd’s Barbershop. When she arrives, all of the men are gawking at her from the window, which wasn’t appropriate in this time period. However, when they find out she is a manicurist, but they aren’t certain on the idea. The men in the town don’t have a need for a manicure, but what about the women?”

Then the joke ends with Andy teasing Ellen with telling her that she wouldn’t last a day in Mayberry. Everyone eventually warms up to Ellen, but it doesn’t make their wives too thrilled.

Overall, Griffith’s humor can be harder to understand, especially for the newer generations. But that’s why he’s a legend.