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Daniel Lawrence Whitney (born February 17, 1963), better known by the stage name Larry the Cable Guy, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He is one of the co-stars of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe which also includes Bill Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy, with whom he has starred on Blue Collar TV, and Ron White.

Larry the Cable Guy has released seven comedy albums, of which three have been certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of 500,000 copies. In addition, he has starred in three Blue Collar Comedy Tour-related movies, as well as in the films Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Delta Farce, and Witless Protection. He does the voice of Mater in the Disney/Pixar film Cars. His catchphrase, Git-R-Done!, is the title of his book.

Early life

He spent his early childhood in Pawnee City, Nebraskamarker. His father Tom Sr. was a minister at the Four Mile Church in nearby Humboldtmarker and the Congregational Church in Verdonmarker for several years. Whitney moved to Palm Beach County, Floridamarker with his family when he was 16, where he attended The King's Academy and later graduated from Berean School, in 1981. His father, who once played guitar with the Everly Brothers, was a high school principal at The King's Academy. Whitney worked as a fast food cook at Wendy's until 1985, when he began doing stand-up comedy with other West Palm Beach locals. At the encouragement of friends and co-workers, he continued his standup work during amateur nights at the Comedy Club in Blue Springs, Missourimarker. In 1991, he began doing radio comedy, in which he would call in to stations as fictional characters. The "Larry" character was created after a friend from The Ron and Ron Show on 95YNF.

Career

Whitney started a career in radio as a disc jockey in Blue Springs, Missourimarker. He became known in the South in the early 1990s when he made regular radio appearances via phone on programs such as The Ron and Ron Show, The Chris Baker Show on 101.9 The Edge and Z-92marker's The Todd and Tyler Show in Omaha, Nebraskamarker, as well as the Kirk, Mark, and Lopez morning show on 98 Rockmarker in Baltimore, Marylandmarker. He was also a frequent guest on the Johnny Dare and Murphy show on 98.9, KQRC, Kansas City. He also did appearances on Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando, Floridamarker, on the Monsters in the Mid Day (presently the Monsters in the Morning), as he was a personal friend of BlackBean (Carlos Navarro) with whom he had done voice-over work. He was brought to New Englandmarker on Greg and the Morning Buzz on WHEB 100.3 and WGIR 101.1 in Portsmouthmarker and Manchester, New Hampshiremarker, respectively, doing two commentaries a week.

He became famous developing the Larry character, a persona that he now maintains throughout his stage act. The Larry character is characterized by a stereotypical redneck appearance, off-color humor, recounting stories about his "family", and using, among other common expressions, his own catchphrase "Git-R-Done!" A part of Whitney's routine is his affected Southern accent. He says in interviews and in his autobiographical book GIT-R-DONE that he deliberately "turns on" the accent both on and off stage, because he may forget it if he kept his normal accent intact. He uses catchphrase humor, including "Git-R-Done," "Lord, I apologize," and "I don't care who ya are, that's funny right there" after particularly egregious jokes. He appears in Nutrisystem commercials with Dan Marino. Marino delivers the catchphrase, "Git-R-Done," and is shown dressed in Whitney's trademark attire, including a pair of jeans, a cut off, untucked flannel shirt, and camouflage hat.

He has also seen considerable success from his comedic activities. His first two comedy albums, Lord, I Apologize (2001), and The Right To Bare Arms (2005), have both been certified gold by the RIAA. A third album, Morning Constitutions, and its accompanying TV special were released in 2007.

In 2006 he was approached by Comedy Central to voice a character for an as-yet-unnamed animated series. The show would involve his character as one of two owners of a small cable channel (the other, a high-classed, high-attitude woman). A half-hour pilot was ordered by the network, but has yet to air.

Whitney was roasted in a Comedy Central special on March 15, 2009. During the roast he can be heard greeting roasters out of character and in his normal speaking voice, as well as being called 'Dan' by Bill Engvall.

Personal life

In a 60 Minutes interview, in which Whitney spoke in his Cable Guy voice, correspondent Bob Simon reveals Whitney's "happy-go-lucky" lifestyle: "Unlike many comedians the 60 Minutes team has met, Larry is not angry, he's not depressed, he's not paranoid. He's a hard-working, supremely confident, happy-go-lucky funnyman."He has two children, Wyatt and Reagan with his wife Cara. The family resides in Sanford, Floridamarker, a suburb in the Orlando area.

Whitney is a huge fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and is seen at many regular season games in the luxury box at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Whitney was in a well publicized feud with fellow stand-up comedian David Cross.

Radio career

Whitney was a radio personality on:

Discography

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

(sales thresholds)
US Comedy US Country US CAN Country
2001 Lord, I Apologize
  • Released: October 30, 2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
1 53 *
  • US: Gold
2004 A Very Larry Christmas
  • Released: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 8 43 *
  • US: Gold
2005 The Right to Bare Arms
  • Released: March 29, 2005
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 1 7 31
  • US: Gold
2007 Morning Constitutions
  • Released: April 3, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 5 16 *
Christmastime in Larryland
  • Released: October 3, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 12 42 *
2009 On the Can
  • Released: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
7 50
Tailgate Party
  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 19 71 34


Filmography



Notes

  1. An Interview with Larry the Cable Guy, Dead-Frog.com, June 15, 2005
  2. "Basic Cable Guy: Pilot At Comedy Central — Network Has Ordered Half-Hour Animated TV Show Starring 'Blue Collar' Comedian", HollywoodReporter.com, December 13, 2006
  3. COMEDY CENTRAL TO RIP MORE THAN FLANNEL SLEEVES - NETWORK TO ROAST LARRY THE CABLE GUY
  4. Simon, Bob. "Political Correctness 'Out Of Control': Bob Simon Interviews The King Of Comedy, Larry The Cable Guy", 60 Minutes Online, December 17, 2007


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