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's 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 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 in 2010.YMMV about his works here.
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.
In one example, he says that he tipped a stripper with Monopoly money because she had fake breasts. He told her "real titties, real money" is biblical, and it's right there in the book of "II Parentheses".
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?
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!
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?
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.
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.
Larry: 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!
Take That: 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!
Toilet Humour: 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?