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

Born Daniel Lawrence Whitney (February 17, 1963), 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'', ''Film/DeltaFarce'' (which also starred Engvall) and ''Witless Protection'', but is probably best known for voicing the tow truck Tow Mater in Creator/{{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 Creator/{{Pixar}} film. He also began a show called ''Only in America'' on Creator/TheHistoryChannel in 2010.

!!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.
--> "The most sophisticated piece of equipment in your house is about to be installed by the ''least'' sophisticated person you've ever met. Here he is - Larry The Cable Guy."
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Spoofed: he says that he tipped a stripper with TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}} money because she had fake breasts. He told her "real titties, real money" is [[Literature/TheBible biblical]], and it's right there in the book of "II Parentheses".
* 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: Bar the occasional OohMeAccentsSlipping moment, he truly ''never'' breaks character. Some believe [[ThatManIsDead there is no more Dan Whitney]]; only Larry.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Apparently.
--> '''Jeff Foxworthy:''' I've said before that working with Larry is kind of like watching the Jerry Springer Show. After about five minutes, you will feel better about your own family.
* 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''.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Has a habit of doing this on multiple occasions.
* 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. [[BeerGoggles I was drunk, she looked like Shania Twain.]] Next morning, ''Mark'' Twain!"
** Another time, he says that one girl he met "looked like Creator/PamelaAnderson, only Vietnamese."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first major-label album (he had a couple independent ones prior to that) has a "Toddler Mail" segment and a musical track (featuring [[Music/{{Creed}} Mark Tremonti]]), neither of which he did again. Also, his voice was less gruff.
* 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."
* KissingCousins: Though Larry is willing to condone more than just kissing.
-->'''Larry''': I had a buddy of mine call up the other day, all upset 'cause he slept with his third cousin. And I'm like, "Man, if it upsets you that much, quit countin' them!"
* MoralGuardians: He has a distinct tendency to mock them.
--> '''Larry''': Have you noticed lately how video games are getting way more sexually explicit and violent? I really gotta buy me one of them games!
* 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 ''Series/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. Creator/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 ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' 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".
** He dropped one on TheRoast, in response to Creator/GaryBusey
* RoleCalled: The stage name Larry the Cable Guy itself, which makes his film ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector'' a notoriously confusing example.
* 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 ''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!
* TakeThat: He does this to other celebrities on a fairly regular basis.
--> Oh like you never did that before! Every man - every man has done this! Just tuck your weiner between your legs, run around your house, lookit at yourself in the mirror, and say, "Oh, hey there, I'm Roseanne!" You know, like on the Rosie O'Fatass show.
--> That was scarier than Richard Simmons chasin' after you with a box of rubbers!
* ToiletHumour: Several of his jokes involve farts, crap and piss.
-->'''Larry''': My brother got in trouble last Halloween for toilet-papering people's houses. He said, "Dude, I didn't know that was illegal!" I said, "It ain't, but you are supposed to use fresh toilet paper. Pull your pants up and stop pooping in those pumpkins, too! For God's sake, you're the sheriff!"
-->'''Larry''': Ever order breakfast at Denny's, and then you go to the bathroom and yer in there so long you gotta order lunch from the stool?
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Moon Pies.
* VocalEvolution: The "Larry" voice has become noticeably rougher and deeper over time, perhaps as the result of smoking.