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19th Feb '13 3:53:01 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:305:''Git-r-done!'']]

A comedian known for his ragged, sleeveless appearance, as well as for his cartoonish, exaggerated Southern drawl. He is a member of the BlueCollarComedy Tour, a comedy troupe that also comprises JeffFoxworthy and BillEngvall. RonWhite was also a fourth member of this motley crew, but dropped out in late 2007 due to creative differences.

Born Daniel Whitney, he honed the Larry character through a series of radio skits before taking to stand up comedy. His first album, ''Lord, I Apologize'', was released in 2001. Since then, he has had six more albums, including two Christmas discs.

Larry has also starred in the movies ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector'', ''Delta Farce'' (which also starred Engvall) and ''Witless Protection'', but is probably best known for voicing the tow truck Tow Mater in {{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' movies and shorts. He has also written a book called, unsurprisingly, ''Git-R-Done''.

His comedy? Well, it's very informal, very crass, and certainly immature. Jokes about fat people, lesbians, handicapped people, retarded people and, of course, a healthy dose of ToiletHumor... most often followed with a JustJokingJustification. Although he has his share of detractors, Larry has proved to have a non-trivial fan base; his first three albums are certified gold, and he had the cachet to voice a character in a {{Pixar}} film. He also began a show called ''Only in America'' on TheHistoryChannel in 2010.

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!!Tropes in his work:

* ArtifactTitle: He created the "cable guy" character for a radio show. Early on, he actually was pretending to be a cable guy, but that part of the character disappeared long ago.
* AuthorTract: Most of the latter half of the book ''Git-R-Done'' is Larry ranting on politics and just about anything else that bugs him.
* BecomingTheMask
* CatchPhrase: "Git-r-done!", "That's funny, I don't care who you are," and if he thinks a joke was a little racy, "Lord, I apologize." The first two got an ActorAllusion in ''Cars''.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Many MoralGuardians have gotten on his case over "Git-R-Done", which they perceive as sexual. He has constantly defended himself and insists that it is in no means sexual — it literally means "just do it".
* DeepSouth: Although he's from Nebraska, Larry has said that he identifies more with the Southern lifestyle, and feels more comfortable in character.
* {{Dissimile}}: "I met this gal a while back, looked like Music/ShaniaTwain. Only a little shorter and, uh, the face was different. I was drunk, she looked like Shania Twain."
* ExplodingFishTanks: The joke starts with him talking about going dynamite fishing with his buddies and ends with, "We blew the aquarium at the dentist office sky high!"
* FanDisservice: He likes to do a lot of shirtless scenes in movies and shows, doesn't he?
* HollywoodTourettes: He joked that his deaf cousin also has Tourette's, and demonstrated it by randomly FlippingTheBird while signing.
* JustJokingJustification: "Lord, I apologize" is one of his ways to assure his listeners that he is only joking. He often adds, "Be with the starvin' pygmies down in New Guinea. Amen."
* NonIndicativeName: The character of Larry is rarely, if ever, portrayed as an actual cable guy anymore. In fact, his first starring role is in the film ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector''. Is he a cable guy or a health inspector?
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Larry's books are filled with spelling errors as a form of StylisticSuck, but he will also launch into surprisingly [[ShownTheirWork well-researched]] arguments about things that bug him. He even explained Darwin's theory of Natural Selection properly. He is also one of the highest celebrity winners on ''AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader''
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Since starting ''Only In America'', he's been put in startling or scary enough situations that he's dropped character a few times. Probably surprising for people that don't realize it ''is'' just a character, which dovetails nicely into:
* [[PoesLaw Poe's Law]]: Larry pisses off an impressive number of self-professed intellectuals who seem to be completely unaware that he's just a fictitious character played by a comedian. AndrewDiceClay pulled off a similar ruse years before.
** To be fair, as the Larry persona has become Whitney's primary money-maker, he rarely, if ever, appears in public out of character (see SecretIdentityIdentity below). He has gone so far as to stay in character as Larry for a [[SixtyMinutes 60 Minutes]] interview; his only concession for that more serious venue was to tone down his affected Southern accent to a more conversational tone.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: He did a routine where he translated ''Twas The Night Before Christmas'' into PC-speak. [[SantaClaus Non-denominational Holiday Figure]]'s trademark "ho ho ho" was replaced with "lady-of-the-evening lady-of-the-evening lady-of-the-evening."
* PrecisionFStrike: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:
-->She stepped on a talking scale and it said "what the fuck"
** Oddly, he censors "fuck" in his book, but not "shit".
* RefugeInAudacity: Plenty of jokes about fat women, handicapped people, retarded people, lesbians and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs fat, handicapped, retarded lesbians]].
* SecretIdentityIdentity: According to some who have worked with him, satirist Daniel Whitney is slowly vanishing behind Larry the Cable Guy (which has also gone from being a satirical character he did at the end of his stand-up routines to being the whole thing and losing the satire).
* SelfDeprecation: All the time. One sterling example comes after he flubbed a line in one joke:
--> '''Larry''': I met a girl who stunk Spanish—spunk Spanish—''spoke'' Spanish! I'm hearing a lot of this for the first time, myself.
* SexyStewardess: Discussed in one sketch, when he ponders why he only ever seems to meet stewardesses who look like "Music/TheOakRidgeBoys with titties".
* SleevesAreForWimps: He even named one album ''[[IncrediblyLamePun The Right to Bare Arms]]''.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Claims that "Git-R-Done!" is short for:
-->"To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the day the night, thou canst not then not be false to any man!"
* ElSpanishO: When introducing the song "I Believe," he says, "Or, in the Spanish, el believe-o."
* SureLetsGoWithThat: While bagging his own groceries at a UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}}, being in a hurry, he was mistaken for a mentally-handicapped store employee.
-->'''Larry''': A woman came up to me, patted me on the head and said, "I think it's wonderful they hire people like you." (''FacePalm'') And I went, (''mentally-handicapped voice'') "Thank you!" And I pooped my pants and ran her over with my cart!
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Moon Pies.
* VocalEvolution: The "Larry" voice has become noticeably rougher and deeper over time, perhaps as the result of smoking.
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''Git-r-done!''

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[[quoteright:305:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LarryTheCableGuy_5398.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:305:''Git-r-done!'']]

A comedian known for his ragged, sleeveless appearance, as well as for his cartoonish, exaggerated Southern drawl. He is a member of the BlueCollarComedy Tour, a comedy troupe that also comprises JeffFoxworthy and BillEngvall. RonWhite was also a fourth member of this motley crew, but dropped out in late 2007 due to creative differences.

Born Daniel Whitney, he honed the Larry character through a series of radio skits before taking to stand up comedy. His first album, ''Lord, I Apologize'', was released in 2001. Since then, he has had six more albums, including two Christmas discs.

Larry has also starred in the movies ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector'', ''Delta Farce'' (which also starred Engvall) and ''Witless Protection'', but is probably best known for voicing the tow truck Tow Mater in {{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' movies and shorts. He has also written a book called, unsurprisingly, ''Git-R-Done''.

His comedy? Well, it's very informal, very crass, and certainly immature. Jokes about fat people, lesbians, handicapped people, retarded people and, of course, a healthy dose of ToiletHumor... most often followed with a JustJokingJustification. Although he has his share of detractors, Larry has proved to have a non-trivial fan base; his first three albums are certified gold, and he had the cachet to voice a character in a {{Pixar}} film. He also began a show called ''Only in America'' on TheHistoryChannel in 2010.

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!!Tropes in his work:

* ArtifactTitle: He created the "cable guy" character for a radio show. Early on, he actually was pretending to be a cable guy, but that part of the character disappeared long ago.
* AuthorTract: Most of the latter half of the book ''Git-R-Done'' is Larry ranting on politics and just about anything else that bugs him.
* BecomingTheMask
* CatchPhrase: "Git-r-done!", "That's funny, I don't care who you are," and if he thinks a joke was a little racy, "Lord, I apologize." The first two got an ActorAllusion in ''Cars''.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Many MoralGuardians have gotten on his case over "Git-R-Done", which they perceive as sexual. He has constantly defended himself and insists that it is in no means sexual — it literally means "just do it".
* DeepSouth: Although he's from Nebraska, Larry has said that he identifies more with the Southern lifestyle, and feels more comfortable in character.
* {{Dissimile}}: "I met this gal a while back, looked like Music/ShaniaTwain. Only a little shorter and, uh, the face was different. I was drunk, she looked like Shania Twain."
* ExplodingFishTanks: The joke starts with him talking about going dynamite fishing with his buddies and ends with, "We blew the aquarium at the dentist office sky high!"
* FanDisservice: He likes to do a lot of shirtless scenes in movies and shows, doesn't he?
* HollywoodTourettes: He joked that his deaf cousin also has Tourette's, and demonstrated it by randomly FlippingTheBird while signing.
* JustJokingJustification: "Lord, I apologize" is one of his ways to assure his listeners that he is only joking. He often adds, "Be with the starvin' pygmies down in New Guinea. Amen."
* NonIndicativeName: The character of Larry is rarely, if ever, portrayed as an actual cable guy anymore. In fact, his first starring role is in the film ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector''. Is he a cable guy or a health inspector?
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Larry's books are filled with spelling errors as a form of StylisticSuck, but he will also launch into surprisingly [[ShownTheirWork well-researched]] arguments about things that bug him. He even explained Darwin's theory of Natural Selection properly. He is also one of the highest celebrity winners on ''AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader''
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Since starting ''Only In America'', he's been put in startling or scary enough situations that he's dropped character a few times. Probably surprising for people that don't realize it ''is'' just a character, which dovetails nicely into:
* [[PoesLaw Poe's Law]]: Larry pisses off an impressive number of self-professed intellectuals who seem to be completely unaware that he's just a fictitious character played by a comedian. AndrewDiceClay pulled off a similar ruse years before.
** To be fair, as the Larry persona has become Whitney's primary money-maker, he rarely, if ever, appears in public out of character (see SecretIdentityIdentity below). He has gone so far as to stay in character as Larry for a [[SixtyMinutes 60 Minutes]] interview; his only concession for that more serious venue was to tone down his affected Southern accent to a more conversational tone.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: He did a routine where he translated ''Twas The Night Before Christmas'' into PC-speak. [[SantaClaus Non-denominational Holiday Figure]]'s trademark "ho ho ho" was replaced with "lady-of-the-evening lady-of-the-evening lady-of-the-evening."
* PrecisionFStrike: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:
-->She stepped on a talking scale and it said "what the fuck"
** Oddly, he censors "fuck" in his book, but not "shit".
* RefugeInAudacity: Plenty of jokes about fat women, handicapped people, retarded people, lesbians and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs fat, handicapped, retarded lesbians]].
* SecretIdentityIdentity: According to some who have worked with him, satirist Daniel Whitney is slowly vanishing behind Larry the Cable Guy (which has also gone from being a satirical character he did at the end of his stand-up routines to being the whole thing and losing the satire).
* SelfDeprecation: All the time. One sterling example comes after he flubbed a line in one joke:
--> '''Larry''': I met a girl who stunk Spanish—spunk Spanish—''spoke'' Spanish! I'm hearing a lot of this for the first time, myself.
* SexyStewardess: Discussed in one sketch, when he ponders why he only ever seems to meet stewardesses who look like "Music/TheOakRidgeBoys with titties".
* SleevesAreForWimps: He even named one album ''[[IncrediblyLamePun The Right to Bare Arms]]''.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Claims that "Git-R-Done!" is short for:
-->"To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the day the night, thou canst not then not be false to any man!"
* ElSpanishO: When introducing the song "I Believe," he says, "Or, in the Spanish, el believe-o."
* SureLetsGoWithThat: While bagging his own groceries at a UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}}, being in a hurry, he was mistaken for a mentally-handicapped store employee.
-->'''Larry''': A woman came up to me, patted me on the head and said, "I think it's wonderful they hire people like you." (''FacePalm'') And I went, (''mentally-handicapped voice'') "Thank you!" And I pooped my pants and ran her over with my cart!
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Moon Pies.
* VocalEvolution: The "Larry" voice has become noticeably rougher and deeper over time, perhaps as the result of smoking.
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''Git-r-done!''
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9th Jan '13 3:25:58 PM MarkLungo
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* SexyStewardess: Discussed in one sketch, when he ponders why he only ever seems to meet stewardesses who look like "TheOakRidgeBoys with titties".

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* SexyStewardess: Discussed in one sketch, when he ponders why he only ever seems to meet stewardesses who look like "TheOakRidgeBoys "Music/TheOakRidgeBoys with titties".



* SureLetsGoWithThat: While bagging his own groceries at a Wal-Mart, being in a hurry, he was mistaken for a mentally-handicapped store employee.

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* SureLetsGoWithThat: While bagging his own groceries at a Wal-Mart, UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}}, being in a hurry, he was mistaken for a mentally-handicapped store employee.
16th Nov '12 3:52:22 PM Aiguille
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Larry has also starred in the movies ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector'', ''Delta Farce'' (which also starred Engvall) and ''Witless Protection'', but is probably best known for voicing the tow truck Tow Mater in {{Pixar}}'s ''{{Cars}}'' movies and shorts. He has also written a book called, unsurprisingly, ''Git-R-Done''.

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Larry has also starred in the movies ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector'', ''Delta Farce'' (which also starred Engvall) and ''Witless Protection'', but is probably best known for voicing the tow truck Tow Mater in {{Pixar}}'s ''{{Cars}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' movies and shorts. He has also written a book called, unsurprisingly, ''Git-R-Done''.
26th Sep '12 12:59:42 PM Twentington
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* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision F-Strike]]: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:
-->She stepped on a talking scale and it said "what the fuck"
26th Sep '12 12:59:19 PM Twentington
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-->"To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the day the night, thou canst not then not be false to any man!"\\

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-->"To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the day the night, thou canst not then not be false to any man!"\\man!"
26th Sep '12 12:58:54 PM Twentington
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[[PrecisionFStrike Precision F-Strike]]: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:

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[[PrecisionFStrike Precision F-Strike]]: * PrecisionFStrike: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:



** Oddly, he censors "fuck" in his book, but not "shit".



18th Sep '12 4:01:15 PM shoboni
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* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision F-Strike]]: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:

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* [[PrecisionFStrike *[[PrecisionFStrike Precision F-Strike]]: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:
18th Sep '12 4:00:04 PM shoboni
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[[PrecisionFStrike Precision F-Strike]]: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:
-->She stepped on a talking scale and it said "what the fuck"
18th Sep '12 3:59:22 PM shoboni
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*[[PrecisionFStrike Precision F-Strike]]: notable because it's pretty much the only f-bomb he's dropped, keep in mind the it's mumbled enough that it could be argued as [[CurseCutShort curse cut short]]:
-->She stepped on a talking scale and it said "what the fuck"
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