Larry the Cable Guy comes to the Carson Center for two shows on Sunday.
When you are the creator of some of the most classic catchphrases in the business, one would think you would get a little tired of hearing those words repeated back to you hundreds of times by every adoring fan. For Daniel Whitney, better known as “Larry the Cable Guy,” it never gets old.
“Personally, it doesn’t bother me,” Whitney said. “Some people are scared to just walk up to me. If I gave them something that eases their anxiety, that’s amazing. They can just walk up and yell ‘Git-R-Done’ and then we can start talking.”
Whitney comes to the Carson Center for two shows on Sunday, and although his tour hits most of the major cities, he is happy to come to a smaller town to see fans who truly appreciate his work.
“I grew up in Nebraska,” Whitney said. “We had to go 85 miles to see some of the acts I wanted to see. So we can hit the big cities, but I always make sure to hit the smaller towns, too. That’s where my fans are, that’s where I will be.”
The past 10 years have been good to Whitney, who was a member of one of the most successful comedy tours in history. The comedian has released several very successful comedy specials and CDs, but his most recent success has been in an unprecedented medium: animation.
Whitney is the voice of the tow truck Mater in the Pixar movie “Cars.” While he started his career as a bachelor, Whitney is now married with two children, and has a lot more respect for the work that goes into making an animated film.
“When I got the role as Mater, I had never seen a Pixar movie,” Whitney said. “So I start to look, and they all kind of pull me in. My son was born two months after ‘Cars’ came out, and he loves it. It’s really been a wild ride, but all of my fans seem like that part of my career, too.”
While Whitney has been in the comedy business for more than 30 years and has accrued a lot of material over that time, one thing his fans can count on is new material.
“I write constantly,” Whitney said. “Whether I am hanging out with the guys and something funny comes up, or something happens with my kids, I always have to put a funny spin on it. Keeping my audience on its toes is something I am proud of. Every one of my shows contains at least 70 percent new material.”
Whitney grew up funny — his family was always laughing and has a history in the entertainment industry — he remains humble. Even after selling millions of records and staring in movies, hosting a television show on the History Channel and becoming a comedy icon, he remembers where he came from.
“I grew up cracking jokes,” Whitney said. “I love to laugh. I am blessed to be able to make people laugh with me, to do it for a living. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream.”