Daniel Whitney as "Larry the Cable Guy"
Daniel Lawrence Whitney started out doing standup comedy in small
towns around the Southern USA, and went from there to being a
disc jockey and doing radio comedy by phoning radio talk shows as
various characters. Larry the Cable Guy was
created as just such
a character. "Larry" became very popular with the public and soon
he was the only character Daniel did in his radio and stand up
Larry the Cable Guy is a typical redneck with a strong Southern
accent and all the attitudes and prejudices that are commonly
attributed to "blue collar" workers. He is sort of a younger,
raunchier, and funnier "Archie Bunker."
Because Larry the Cable Guy is a stereotype, he can say things
that the average meek, "politically correct" person can't, and
Daniel uses Larry to create comedy, especially social comedy,
which is funny on a surface level and yet often satirical at the
Here are some example quotes from various interviews with Daniel
Whitney and Larry the Cable Guy:
- Daniel Whitney: I was born and raised in Pawnee City, Nebraska.
I lived right next to the sale barn and I raised pigs. My dad was
a guidance counselor at Wymore High School. He was also a
preacher and did farming as well. We leased out our crop land but
had cattle and horses.
- Larry The Cable Guy: Bill Engvall loves heavy metal and used to
play drums for Saigon Kick in '87. Jeff Foxworthy's real name is
Hyman Stein and (he) has never eaten grits! Ron White once
thought he saw the Virgin Mary in a bag of pot! Even though I am
doing well in standup, everyone close to me knows all I ever
wanted to do is dance!
- Larry The Cable Guy: (when asked what Dan Whitney and Larry the
Cable guy have in common) We both like graham crackers and
Larry The Cable Guy (when asked if it's easier to meet women now
that he is famous): Not really. If I was gonna use a good pickup
line it would be the old reliable, "Hey, I know Carrot Top!"
- Larry The Cable Guy: (referring to Lisa Lampanelli at Jeff
Foxworthy's roast) We dated in the late '80s and I have a lot of
shit on her! Okay, we never dated but I have a lot of shit on
her. Okay, I have nothing on her. Who is she anyway? Lisa is my
friend, I have no idea, I guess she wanted to give me a pass. I
love Lisa, she's a riot. I know I don't want to get on her bad
Larry The Cable Guy: (when asked about what he demands from show
promoters now that he is a star) I really only ask for Beam and
Coke in case we have some guests, but as far as I go I just want
bottled water, a little Coors Light, and the video "Backdoor
Stewardesses"! (I'm just kiddin', I never asked for bottled
- Larry The Cable Guy (when asked what the biggest change in his
life was since his DVD came out): I got a new set of 38 Mickies
for my truck. Other than that, nothin', but for God's sake, ain't
38 Mickies enough? I don't want to get too uppity!
- Larry The Cable Guy: I'm in Sanford, Florida, and just shaved
the dogs and checked my girlfriend for ticks.
- Larry The Cable Guy: The first "Blue Collar (Comedy Tour)" came
out ... I had a real big following from comedy clubs. I could
sell out comedy clubs, but once Blue Collar hit, things started
to pop. When I got the role, yeah, I was way less recognizable
than I am now.
- Larry the Cable Guy: (when asked how famous he was before
filming "Cars") Oh shoot. I was real famous down at the 7-11
around the corner. (Laughs) It's been crazy. I never dreamed in a
million years about this. I pinch myself all the time. Every year
it's gotten better and better.
- Larry The Cable Guy: (when asked if it was natural to play
"Mater") Oh yeah. I think it was. When they thought of a tow
truck they had me in mind, apparently. I got into the character,
though. They told me I was going to play a tow truck, so I put on
1,700 pounds. I've actually lost some weight since we done that.
Then I found out it was a cartoon, and I felt like an idiot.
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