A comedian known for his ragged, sleeveless appearance, as well as for his cartoonish, exaggerated Southern drawl. He is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy
Tour, a comedy troupe that also comprises Jeff Foxworthy
and Bill Engvall
. Ron White
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
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 Toilet Humor
... most often followed with a "Just Joking" Justification
. 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 The History Channel
Tropes in his work:
- Artifact Title: 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.
- Author Tract: Most of the latter half of the book Git-R-Done is Larry ranting on politics and just about anything else that bugs him.
- Becoming the Mask
- Catch Phrase: "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 Actor Allusion in Cars.
- Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Many Moral Guardians 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".
- Deep South: 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 Shania Twain. Only a little shorter and, uh, the face was different. I was drunk, she looked like Shania Twain."
- Another time, he says that one girl he met "looked like Pamela Anderson, only Vietnamese."
- Early-Installment Weirdness: His first major-label album (he had a couple independent ones prior to that) has a "Toddler Mail" segment and a musical track (featuring Mark Tremonti), neither of which he did again. Also, his voice was less gruff.
- Exploding Fish Tanks: 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!"
- Fan Disservice: He likes to do a lot of shirtless scenes in movies and shows, doesn't he?
- Hollywood Tourette's: He joked that his deaf cousin also has Tourette's, and demonstrated it by randomly Flipping the Bird while signing.
- "Just Joking" Justification: "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."
- Non-Indicative Name: 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?
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Larry's books are filled with spelling errors as a form of Stylistic Suck, but he will also launch into surprisingly 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 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: 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:
- 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. Andrew Dice Clay 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 Secret Identity Identity below). He has gone so far as to stay in character as Larry for a 60 Minutes interview; his only concession for that more serious venue was to tone down his affected Southern accent to a more conversational tone.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: He did a routine where he translated Twas The Night Before Christmas into PC-speak. Non-denominational Holiday Figure's trademark "ho ho ho" was replaced with "lady-of-the-evening lady-of-the-evening lady-of-the-evening."
- 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 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".
- Refuge in Audacity: Plenty of jokes about fat women, handicapped people, retarded people, lesbians and fat, handicapped, retarded lesbians.
- Secret Identity Identity: 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).
- Self-Deprecation: 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.
- Sexy Stewardess: Discussed in one sketch, when he ponders why he only ever seems to meet stewardesses who look like "The Oak Ridge Boys with titties".
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: He even named one album The Right to Bare Arms.
- Sophisticated as Hell: 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!"
- El Spanish O: When introducing the song "I Believe," he says, "Or, in the Spanish, el believe-o."
- Sure, Let's Go with That: While bagging his own groceries at a Walmart, being in a hurry, he was mistaken for a mentally-handicapped store employee.
: A woman came up to me, patted me on the head and said, "I think it's wonderful they hire people like you." (Face Palm
) And I went, (mentally-handicapped voice
) "Thank you!" And I pooped my pants and ran her over with my cart!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Moon Pies.
- Vocal Evolution: The "Larry" voice has become noticeably rougher and deeper over time, perhaps as the result of smoking.