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Here's The Andy Griffith Stand-Up Routine About Football That Gave Him His Start In 1953

Film and television star Andy Griffith is dead at 86, and the star of Matlock and The Andy Griffith Show is being properly memorialized across the media world today. While he's best known for his work on television, it's worth revisiting how Griffith got his start: in standup comedy.


Here's his 1953 routine about college football, paired with the 1958 George Woodbridge cartoon based on the monologue that appeared in Mad magazine. Nearly 50 years later, it's still funny; New Yorkers unawares to the existence of college football may still identify today.