There’s a big difference between Dan Whitney and his alter ego, Larry the Cable Guy. The latter is a mega-successful stand-up comic, who burst onto the comedy scene courtesy of the Blue Collar Comedy tour back in the ’90s.
Larry the Cable Guy, who will perform Friday at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena, is loud, garish and coined the popular catchphrase, “Git-R-Done.”
And then there is Whitney, who is calm, quiet and kind.
Whitney, a married father of two pre-school-aged children, remains mellow while Larry the Cable Guy is super-energized.
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“It’s been fun,” Whitney said. “And it’s been amazing. Who could complain about what I’ve experienced?”
The only complaints are issued by critics, but that never bothers Whitney.
“People can say whatever they want,” he said. “My show has never been for critics. It’s been for the fans. I remember Jeff (Foxworthy) saying years ago about critics, ‘Who cares?’ He’s right. Critics tear down what people create. They can say what they want. I can do what I do.”
If arbiters of taste took a closer look at Whitney’s humor, they would see that the laidback humorist has been influenced by old-school comics.
“It’s true,” Whitney said. “I love vaudeville. I admire the work of Milton Berle and Don Rickles. I love the old Bob Hope movies. I always like that simple humor. I loved the first couple of Steve Martin albums. I love those goofy jokes. People may not realize it, but you have to be pretty clever to pull that off.”
Whitney perhaps doesn’t get enough credit for connecting with the masses.
“I just keep going on no matter what anyone thinks,” he said. “I just keep working, and that’s a good thing.”
The History Channel, of all outlets, tabbed Whitney to host the reality series “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,” which premiered last year.
The Nebraska native travels throughout the country experiencing many different lifestyles. The common denominator is what occurs only happens in America.
Whitney excels at mixing it up with the masses as he tries his hand at various jobs and taking part in local events.
“I love people,” Whitney said. “I’ve always been that way. That’s why I’m fortunate enough to have the best job in the world. It works for me. I get to be around people and make them laugh. There’s nothing better.”