Sunday, February 17, 2008

Larry The Cable Guy

Happy Birthday to Daniel Lawrence Whitney (born February 17, 1963 in Pawnee City, Nebraska), better known by the stage name Larry the Cable Guy, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and one of the co-stars of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

Whitney started a career in radio as a disc jockey in Blue Springs, Missouri. The real Dan Whitney is somewhat of an enigma. The few biographies of him describe only the fictional life of Larry the Cable Guy, as he rarely speaks out of character when in public. Residents of Pawnee County confirm the existence of his father and one brother. He has a nephew, Christopher Luly, who attends Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska.

In a 60 Minutes report, correspondent Bob Simon reveals Whitney's "happy-go-lucky" lifestyle: "Unlike many comedians the 60 Minutes team has met, Larry is not angry, he's not depressed, he's not paranoid. He's a hard-working, supremely confident, happy-go-lucky funnyman."

Whitney lives on a rural parcel of land in Seminole County, Florida, near Sanford just north of Orlando, and has a home in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is a dedicated supporter of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. He frequently attends Nebraska football games in his luxury box above Memorial Stadium, Lincoln. Whitney is married to a former radio personality from KOMP in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dan and his wife, Cara have two children together: Wyatt and Reagen. His wife Cara gave birth to the couple's first daughter, Reagen, on October 29, 2007. Whitney's Southern accent is worn as an affectation. Having grown up in Nebraska before moving to West Palm Beach in South Florida when he was 16, Whitney's natural inflection is much more Midwest than Deep South. He says in interviews and in his autobiographical book GIT-R-DONE that he willingly "turns on" the accent. See this YouTube link for an early comedy routine performance without his accent. He also sings Christmas songs like "Donny the Retard," "Titty Bars Christmas," and "I Pissed My Pants." He uses "madder than" jokes like "Madder than a queer with tonsilitis on Valentine's Day" or "Madder than a skinhead watching The Jeffersons, "Madder than a legless Ethiopian watching a donut roll down a hill", "Madder than a Keebler Elf gettin' demoted to fudge packer,", "Madder than a carload of queers getting pulled over for doin' a 69 in a 55," "Madder than a one-legged waitress at the IHOP", "Madder than a mute person playing bingo, getting bingo, and trying to yell out the word 'bingo'", "Scarier than Janet Reno coming at you in a negligee with a box of rubbers." or "Happier than Jim Nabors with a wheelbarrow full of buttholes," and possibly his most famous, "Happier than a tornado in a trailer park," from his character in the film Cars. In 2005, he was featured in Gretchen Wilson's music video for the song "All Jacked Up," playing dual roles as himself and a transvestite bar patron. In 2006, he starred in the film Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, was the voice of Mater, the tow truck, in Disney/Pixar's Academy Award-nominated animated film Cars, as well as the voice of Ryder, a crazy cat in the Walt Disney animated film The Fox and the Hound 2. Whitney's character was mocked with a character known as "Plumber Bubba" on the Cartoon Network show Squidbillies in the 2007 episode "Bubba Tubba." His catchphrase involved leaning over in his plumber pants coquettishly and inquiring, "Have you seen my butthole?" The episode also makes fun of his status as a millionaire who pretends to be a simple man with his story about the foreigner whom he couldn't understand while he was at "Martha's Vineyard to launch my new zeppelin fleet."

Whitney has also seen considerable success from his comedic recordings. 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.

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