Larry the Cable Guy

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Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy.jpg
Whitney on June 10, 2007
Birth name Daniel Lawrence Whitney
Born (1963-02-17) February 17, 1963 (age 51)
Pawnee City, Nebraska, U.S.
Medium Stand-up comedy
Television
Film
Voice-over artist
Radio
Books
Nationality American
Years active 1991–present
Genres Character comedy, redneck comedy, country comedy, observational comedy, satire
Subject(s) Culture of the Southern United States, obesity, human sexuality, political correctness, self-deprecation, family, personal hygiene, food
Influenced Billy the Bass Man
Spouse Cara Whitney[1][2] (2005–present; 2 children)
Notable works and roles Blue Collar Comedy Tour
Larry McCoy in Delta Farce
Himself in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy
Larry in Witless Protection
Mater in Cars, Cars 2, Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales, and Mater and the Ghostlight
Website Official site

Daniel Lawrence "Larry" Whitney (born February 17, 1963) best known by his stage name and character Larry the Cable Guy, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and former radio personality.[3] Despite his stage name, he has never worked for a cable company in any capacity.

He was one of the members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe which included Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Jeff Foxworthy (with whom he has starred on Blue Collar TV).

Whitney 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, as well as voicing Mater in the Cars franchise. Whitney's catchphrase: "Git-R-Done!" is also the title of his book.

On January 26, 2010, the TV channel History announced that it was ordering a series starring Whitney called Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, in which he would explore the country and immerse himself in different lifestyles, jobs and hobbies.[4] The first episode of the series aired on February 8, 2011.[5]

Early life[edit]

Whitney was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska, where he was raised on a pig farm.[6] He is the son of Shirley and Tom Whitney, a guitarist, entertainer, and Christian minister.[7] He went to college at Baptist University of America, and the University of Nebraska. He credits his roommates from Texas and Georgia for inspiring his imitation Southern accent.[8] He dropped out after his junior year after trying his hand at comedy.[8]

Career[edit]

Radio career[edit]

Whitney started his career in radio 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 KDGE and KEZO's The Todd and Tyler Show in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as the Kirk, Mark, and Lopez morning show on WIYY in Baltimore, Maryland. He was also a frequent guest on The Johnny Dare Morning Show on 98.9/KQRC, Kansas City. He also did appearances on WJRR in Orlando, Florida, He was brought to New England on Greg and the Morning Buzz on WHEB 100.3 and WGIR-FM 101.1 in Portsmouth and Manchester, New Hampshire, respectively, doing two commentaries a week.

Stand-up career[edit]

He became famous after developing the Larry character, a personality that he now maintains throughout his stage act. The Larry character has a stereotypical redneck appearance and a thick Southern accent, recounts stories about his "family," and uses, 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.[9] He uses catchphrase humor, including "Lord, I apologize, and be with the starvin' Pygmies down there in New Guinea. Amen" after telling jokes of questionable taste; and, "I don't care who ya are, that's funny right there" after jokes that evoke roarious laughter.

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.

Other work[edit]

Whitney was roasted in a Comedy Central special on March 15, 2009.[10]

On February 8, 2011, the première of his newest travelogue series, Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, was broadcast on the History Channel. A total of 4.1 million viewers, 1.7 million adults 25–54, tuned in, nearly doubling the total for the "Top Shot" season 2 opener.[11] During season two in the episode "Larry Goes To Washington", Whitney was the first on-air talent from a non-news crew allowed in the War Room, also known as the Command Center, as he explained during the program.

June 2012 Disneyland's California Adventure theme park's "Cars Land" features a ride called "Mater's Junkyard Jamboree" that features Whitney's voice as his character Mater from the Disney/Pixar Cars movies.[12]

A company in North Dakota developed a line of Larry the Cable Guy food products, such as boxed hamburger dinners. It is sold in Big Lots stores and the packaging states that some of the proceeds benefit his "Git-R-Done Foundation".

Personal life[edit]

Whitney resides in Lincoln, Nebraska on a 180 acre farm. He married his wife, Cara Whitney, in 2005. They have two children together: a son, Wyatt (born August 2006), and a daughter, Reagan (born October 2007).

His hometown of Pawnee City, Nebraska has a street named after him. Whitney also donated money to buy new theatrical equipment for the local high school.[13]

Whitney is an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan. His signature camouflage hat has the University of Nebraska-Lincoln nickname "HUSKERS" emblazoned on it which can be seen in the 2007 film Delta Farce. He is also frequently seen with a gold Nebraska "N" on a chain around his neck.

In September 2010, Whitney donated $5 million to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida. The gift was for further development of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute at the Orlando hospital. After Dr. Chad Price at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children helped cure their son, Wyatt, of his dysplasia when he was an infant, Whitney and his wife, Cara, made private donations to the hospital and Whitney raised money through appearances on Family Feud and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? The hospital opened a new wing called the "Wyatt Whitney Wing" in May 2012.[14]

Whitney is close friends with contemporary comedian Lewis Black, despite their political views, background, and material they perform in their stand-up routines. [15]

Radio shows[edit]

Whitney was a radio personality on:

Discography[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US Comedy US Country US
Law and Disorder[16]
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Self-released
Salutations and Flatulations[17]
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: DJT Records
Lord, I Apologize
  • Release date: October 30, 2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
1 53
  • US: Gold
A Very Larry Christmas
  • Release date: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 8 43
  • US: Gold
The Right to Bare Arms
  • Release date: March 29, 2005
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 1 7
  • US: Gold
Morning Constitutions
  • Release date: April 3, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros. Rec
1 5 16
Christmastime in Larryland
  • Release date: October 3, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 12 42
On the CanA
  • Release date: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
7 50
Tailgate Party
  • Release date: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1 19 71
The Best of Larry the Cable Guy
  • Release date: November 16, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
4 72
Them Idiots: Whirled Tour
(with Bill Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy)
  • Release date: March 13, 2012
  • Label: Warner Music Nashville
1 45
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • A Box set consisting of The Right to Bare Arms, Christmastime in Larryland, and Morning Constitutions.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie Himself Documentary
2004 Larry the Cable Guy: Git-R-Done Himself TV movie
2004 Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again Himself TV documentary
2004-2006 Blue Collar TV Various 46 episodes
2006 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector Larry Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
2006 Cars Mater (voice)
2006 Mater and the Ghostlight Mater (voice) Short
2006 Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road Himself TV movie
2007 Delta Farce Larry
2008 Witless Protection Deputy Larry Stalder Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Jenny McCarthy)
2008-2012 Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales Mater (voice) 11 episodes
2009 The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy Himself
2009 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Himself Episode: "3.13"
2009 Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau Himself TV movie
2010 Larry the Cable Guy: Tailgate Party Himself TV movie
2011 Cars 2 Mater (voice)
2011–present Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy Himself
2012 Them Idiots: World Tour Himself
2012 Tooth Fairy 2 Larry Guthrie
2013 A Madea Christmas Buddy Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Tyler Perry)
As producer
Year Title Notes
2007 Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular TV movie
2011-2012 Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy 19 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Cars Mater
2007 Cars Mater-National Championship Mater
2009 Cars Race-O-Rama Mater
2011 Cars 2 Mater
2013 Disney Infinity Mater

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry the Cable Guy gives $5 million to hospital". Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cara Whitney Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Larry the Cable Guy". The New York Times. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "History orders Larry the Cable Guy series". Reuters. January 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy – episodes". History Channel. 
  6. ^ "Larry The Cable Guy Biography". Cmt.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "For Pig Farmer-Turned Superstar, Life is All About Faith, Family and Football - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site". Huskers.com. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  8. ^ a b William Booth (September 5, 2004). "Guffaw Guys". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ An Interview with Larry the Cable Guy, Dead-Frog.com, June 15, 2005
  10. ^ "Comedy Central To Rip More Than Flannel Sleeves – Network To Roast Larry The Cable Guy". Comedycentral.com. May 26, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ ‘Only In America with Larry the Cable Guy’ Premieres to 4.1 Million Viewers; ‘Top Shot’ S2 Premieres to 2.8 Million. Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com (February 9, 2011). Retrieved on 2012-07-23.
  12. ^ Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Disneyland.disney.go.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-23.
  13. ^ Jeff Korbelik / Gzo (July 3, 2009). "Larry the Cable Guy still has hometown pride". Journalstar.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ Taylor, Gary. (September 26, 2010) Larry the Cable Guy gives , million to hospital – Orlando Sentinel. Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-23.
  15. ^ "Interview with comedian Lewis Black - Albany Student Press - University of Albany". Albany Student Press. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  16. ^ "Law and Disorder". Discogs. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Salutations and Flatulations". Discogs. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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