||David Browning, MD
"The Mayberry Deputy"
3O YEARS AS A MULTIFACETED ENTERTAINER
"The Mayberry Deputy" (MD), "Abe Lincoln" and "Ebenezer Scrooge"
are several aliases of David Browning, from Bristol, Virginia. As an impersonator and improvisational master, Browning
uses costuming, gestures, facial expressions and audience participation to bring out the flavor of the characters.
This provides an atmosphere of good, clean fun, which appeals to a diverse age and background.
He performs at a variety of conferences, conventions, luncheons and dinner meetings, fundraisers, auto and trade
shows, bank and credit union events, grand openings, stock holder meetings, open houses, church events, sporting
events, fairs and media promotions allover the United States. Large and small groups enjoy watching the Mayberry
Deputy patrol, mingle, joke around, give our "citations" (autographed pictures) and perform standup routines.
Organizers appreciate Browning's professionalism and quality of presentation. He continues to get request and referrals
wherever he goes.
Browning's experience consists of free-lance voice and acting, theatre directing, management and tourism development,
as well as 4,600 performances in 30 states and Canada to over 5 million people. Also he has directed and/or performed
in 300 theatrical productions, giving him the experience to discuss directing and other acting opportunities.
He is privileged to open for Don Knotts (the original Barney Fife) and continues to appear in specialty shows with
many of the original stars of the "Andy Griffith Show". Browning appeared in the nationally televised
Confederate Railroad video, "Elvis and Andy" and worked with the VW Boys on the cassette "What Ever
Happened to Mayberry".
Performing for state Sheriffs Associations and the International Association of Chief of Police (attended by 15,000
from around the world) is fun for Browning. "I feel like I am in a room full of friends with all those high
officers". An officer from Scotland remarked, "'I'd never seen the Andy Griffith Show but I still had
tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks...This was a great way to have fun and fellowship and build a feeling
of togetherness--through shared experience."
Browning sees how people enjoy the MD character because it reminds them of a time gone by; it's funny, 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 clean humor".