David Browning is a multifaceted entertainer whose improvisation talent and
characterizations allow for flexibility and programs tailored for each
setting. As an impersonator and improvisation
master, Browning uses costuming, gestures, facial expressions, and audience
participation to bring out the flavor of the characters and to provide an
atmosphere of good, clean fun.
The Mayberry Deputy
Performances as Mayberry's Deputy
- Professional Speaker
Mayberry Deputy" is the most noted of his characters and started in 1988
when a friend of Browning hired the Dillards, known to watchers of "The Andy
Griffith Show" as the "Darling boys", to play bluegrass music in Bristol,
Tennessee. Browning, who started out in community theatre, put together a
"Barney Fife" type act based on a sense of recall (since Browning has seen
all the Mayberry shows at one time or another) which made that first
performance a hit. At that time, he discovered that he could make a
statement as David Browning that was not funny at all but the same statement
made in uniform as "The Mayberry Deputy" had audiences falling out of their
|"The Mayberry Deputy/David Browning is A BRIDGE
between the Andy Griffith Show and today."
Don Knotts, Actor & "Barney Fife"
from The Andy Griffith Show
Soon after, Browning was asked by "The Andy Griffith Show" Rerun Watchers
Club (TAGSRWC) to perform at a Mayberry Reunion held at Opryland in
Nashville, Tennessee. TAGSRWC founder, Jim Clark, saw Browning's act and
began mentioning his name across the country. Browning has been embraced as
"The Mayberry Deputy" by small and large groups in 35 states with continued
referrals and request every where he goes.
Browning traveled to Nashville to appear in Confederate Railroad's video,
"Elvis & Andy." He feels that video is as good to an actor as a book is to
an author. Browning has also appeared with many of the original stars of
"The Andy Griffith Show."
Browning thinks people enjoy the "Fife" character because it reminds them of
a time gone by. "The character is funny and it's clean entertainment. In
the world we live in today, people are searching for their own Mayberry,"
he says. "I value this character for what it gives to people today.
Laughter and memories." As a minister with the Baptist Ministerial
Association told Browning, "You are ministering to people with your corny
jokes and clean humor."
|"David Browning improvises
the character in each situation. We Love
Having Him at
the Mayberry Star Shows."
Betty Lynn, Actor &
from The Andy Griffith Show
|"You had a great impact on our entire
group. I can't remember when I've received so much feedback, all very
positive, regarding your keynote presentation... especially APPRECIATE
CONSIDERATION AND ENTHUSIASM both you and Patty showed as we made the
arrangements and while you were here…"
Virginia Department of Correction
|"I've been handling entertainment and
inspirational speakers for 12 years…you're my personal favorite and the
talk of the plant the next day… time you spent before your performance
was almost as valuable as the performance itself. You LIFTED THE SPIRITS
of many and that's just what we needed."
HR Manager, Coats America, GA