If there’s one thing you won’t hear at a Larry the Cable Guy show, it’s politically correctness.
Instead, he observes life, recounts funny things about his family and uses his own catchphrases “Git-R-Done!” and “I don’t care who ya are, that’s funny right there.”
“Comedy is life with weird twists,” said Larry, whose real name is Dan Whitney. “If you go on stage and are so sensitive to people’s feelings, then don’t be a comedian. Because you will definitely hit on stuff that offends someone. Comedy is so subjective.
“What a person finds funny is what a person finds funny,” said Whitney about political correctness. “You can’t change a person’s sense of humor. I still live in America and I am still free to say what I want to say.”
Larry the Cable Guy, who is distinguished by a wardrobe of a sleeveless flannel shirt and a dirty baseball cap, will perform on Oct. 19 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.
Whitney began performing comedy in 1985 and in the early 1990s, Whitney began calling in to various radio stations as fictional characters. The “Larry” character was created when he called in to a radio station as a cable installer.
Larry the Cable Guy and fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall performed for several years in the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” The tour’s success led to “Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie,” which premiered on Comedy Central in 2003, and a sequel, “Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again,” which also appeared on Comedy Central. Larry also starred in “Blue Collar TV,” a sketch comedy series, which premiered in 2004.
Whitney, as Larry the Cable Guy, appeared in such films as “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,” “Delta Farce” and “Witless Protection.” He also performed the voice of Mater in the Disney/Pixar films “Cars” and “Cars 2.”
Whitney reunited with Foxworthy and Engvall for “Them Idiots Whirled Tour,” which was filmed as a special for Country Music Television (CMT) and aired in early 2012. The show was later released on DVD and CD.
Whitney is proud of the fact that he constantly writes new material for his stage shows.
“I’m not a storyteller,” he said. “I do one-liner jokes. Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall are storytellers. For them a bit can run seven minutes. I write 50 brand new jokes, 15 of which are stage worthy, and that’s only about 2 and a half minutes on stage.
“There’s nothing better than jotting down some notes, making them into one-liners, telling them to my wife, she telling me they are just so-so, and then telling them to my buddies and they laugh hysterically,” he continued. “So then I know the jokes are a hit.”
Whitney thinks he is successful partly because he likes what he does for a living.
“I’m a regular guy,” Whitney said. “I enjoy what I do. It’s just as much fun for me as it is for the people who see me.”