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Larry the Cable Guy continues to Git-R-Done

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The new season begins this week on the History Channel, and the episodes this series explore more than 60 cities and a dozen states, including a half dozen in the South.


Among other jaunts, Larry previously took in a Florida gator farm.


I almost got my fingers bit off and almost lost a leg, but good thing about that, Walmart sells gloves for four fingers, he said laughing. After it was done, I told History (Channel) no more alligator shows.


New adventures this season include a walk in the woods at night with the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group, squirrel hunting in the Ozarks and shooting targets at Army sniper school.


Its a fun show. I like the spontaneity of the comedy. I know where Im going. They give me a little download of what will be happening, but I never meet anybody or have any activity (planned) until I get there. I want it to happen when it happens. I really love the improv nature of the show, he said.


When asked if his TV series is sort of a comedy version of the old On the Road With Charles Kuralt, he answered, It could be kind of like that, but its a combination of a lot of things really. Im way more sexier than Charles Kuralt.


Larry said going "squatting" (looking for Sasquatch) in Kentucky did not convince him that the tall, hairy creature some call Bigfoot exists.


I didnt see him. If it makes them happy to hunt for Bigfoot, Im glad. Thats what this show is about: these guys go out on weekends . . . and at some point they think theyll find Bigfoot. Do I think theres a Bigfoot? No. The only thing people ever see is the tracks. They see the tracks and hear him howl, but nobody has every seen a picture of a Bigfoot.


I went out with these guys, and it makes for a big night. They were awesome. We had somebody go out (as a practical joke) and howl, and they howled back and thought it was a Bigfoot. They were fun guys, said the funny guy.



Hes made millions laugh with his jokes and Southern accent, but the funny man known as Larry the Cable Guy was born Daniel Whitney in Pawnee, Neb. The comedian returns with a second season of Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy at 8 p.m. today on the History Channel.

As for squirrel hunting with a father and his teenage son in Arkansas, Larry said there were just a lot of funny moments.


The son ate squirrel poop right out of a dead squirrel for $300. (Later) The father said, I didnt know you were serious about the $300 or I would have done it.


While Larry seems to be having a ball on his whirlwind tour of America, he's paying a heavy price with his waistline.


Doing this show the only thing that stunk, I started in at 235 pounds and now Im back to 285 pounds. Im on a diet because thats all I do is eat. Im always looking for a barbecue joint.


Many of the people he meets and places he goes this series came from suggestions that viewers mailed into the show. I think thats coolest way. People are proud of their state, he said, mentioning a town in Wisconsin that claims to have invented the hamburger and where they cooked the worlds largest hamburger.


As for his stage accent, Larry moved to Florida when he was 16. While attending Baptist University of America in Decatur, Ga., he began to imitate the Southern drawl of his roommates who were from Georgia and Texas.


Larry, his wife and two children have been living in Florida, but they recently moved back to his home state, which he is proud of.


People say Nebraska is just flat and ugly and the only thing that comes out of Nebraska is I-80, but Nebraska has the 11th best golf course in the world. . . . The cool thing about this show, it kind of cuts off the misconceptions, said the Cornhusker, who when it comes to making folks laugh, knows exactly how to Git-R-Done.


by Ken Beck


Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at kbtag2@gmail.com.


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