Larry the Cable Guy

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Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy.jpg
Whitney on June 10, 2007
Birth nameDaniel Lawrence Whitney
Born(1963-02-17) February 17, 1963 (age 51)
Pawnee City, Nebraska, U.S.
MediumStand-up comedy
Television
Film
Voice-over artist
Radio
Books
NationalityAmerican
Years active1991–present
GenresCharacter 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
InfluencedBilly the Bass Man
SpouseCara Whitney[1][2] (m. 2005–present)
Children2
Notable works and rolesBlue 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
WebsiteOfficial site
 
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Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy.jpg
Whitney on June 10, 2007
Birth nameDaniel Lawrence Whitney
Born(1963-02-17) February 17, 1963 (age 51)
Pawnee City, Nebraska, U.S.
MediumStand-up comedy
Television
Film
Voice-over artist
Radio
Books
NationalityAmerican
Years active1991–present
GenresCharacter 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
InfluencedBilly the Bass Man
SpouseCara Whitney[1][2] (m. 2005–present)
Children2
Notable works and rolesBlue 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
WebsiteOfficial 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] Whitney attended high school at The King's Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida in the late 1970s through 1980[8][9][10] where his father was the school’s elementary principal.[11] Whitney graduated from Berean Christian School in West Palm Beach in 1982.[12] 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.[13] He dropped out after his junior year after trying his hand at comedy.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

Whitney is close friends with contemporary comedian Lewis Black, despite dissimilar political views, background, and material they perform in their stand-up routines. [20]

Radio shows[edit]

Whitney was a radio personality on:

Discography[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
US ComedyUS CountryUS
Law and Disorder[21]
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Self-released
Salutations and Flatulations[22]
  • Release date: 1997
  • Label: DJT Records
Lord, I Apologize
  • Release date: October 30, 2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
153
A Very Larry Christmas
  • Release date: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
1843
  • US: Gold
The Right to Bare Arms
  • Release date: March 29, 2005
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
117
Morning Constitutions
  • Release date: April 3, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros. Rec
1516
Christmastime in Larryland
  • Release date: October 3, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
11242
On the CanA
  • Release date: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
750
Tailgate Party
  • Release date: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
11971
The Best of Larry the Cable Guy
  • Release date: November 16, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
472
Them Idiots: Whirled Tour
(with Bill Engvall and Jeff Foxworthy)
  • Release date: March 13, 2012
  • Label: Warner Music Nashville
145
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The MovieHimselfDocumentary
2004Larry the Cable Guy: Git-R-DoneTV movie
Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides AgainTV documentary
2004-2006Blue Collar TVVarious46 episodes
2006Larry the Cable Guy: Health InspectorLarryNominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
CarsMaterVoice
Mater and the GhostlightShort film; voice
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the RoadHimselfTV movie
2007Delta FarceLarry
2008Witless ProtectionDeputy Larry StalderNominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Jenny McCarthy)
2008-2012Cars Toons: Mater's Tall TalesMater11 episodes; voice
2009The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable GuyHimself
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?Episode: "3.13"
Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas LuauTV movie
2010Larry the Cable Guy: Tailgate Party
2011Cars 2MaterVoice
2011–presentOnly in America with Larry the Cable GuyHimself
2012Them Idiots: World Tour
Tooth Fairy 2Larry Guthrie
2013A Madea ChristmasBuddyNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Tyler Perry)
2013-presentCars Toons: Tales From Radiator SpringsMater2 episodes; voice
As producer
YearTitleNotes
2007Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas SpectacularTV movie
2011-2012Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy19 episodes

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006CarsMaterVoice
2007Cars Mater-National Championship
2009Cars Race-O-Rama
2011Cars 2
2013Disney Infinity

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. ^ "5 Reasons to See Larry the Cable Guy at the Kravis". Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  9. ^ "The King’s Academy 1980 Yearbook, page 59". Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  10. ^ "The King’s Academy 1979 Yearbook, page 63". Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  11. ^ "The King’s Academy 1980 Yearbook, page 23". Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  12. ^ "Larry the Cable Guy brings football back to alma mater". Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  13. ^ a b William Booth (September 5, 2004). "Guffaw Guys". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ An Interview with Larry the Cable Guy, Dead-Frog.com, June 15, 2005
  15. ^ "Comedy Central To Rip More Than Flannel Sleeves – Network To Roast Larry The Cable Guy". Comedycentral.com. May 26, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  16. ^ ‘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.
  17. ^ Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. Disneyland.disney.go.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-23.
  18. ^ Jeff Korbelik / Gzo (July 3, 2009). "Larry the Cable Guy still has hometown pride". Journalstar.com. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  19. ^ Taylor, Gary. (September 26, 2010) Larry the Cable Guy gives , million to hospital – Orlando Sentinel. Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-23.
  20. ^ "Interview with comedian Lewis Black - Albany Student Press - University of Albany". Albany Student Press. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  21. ^ "Law and Disorder". Discogs. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Salutations and Flatulations". Discogs. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Larry the Cable Guy – The Right to Bare Arms". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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