If you ever
wondered what moonshine had to do with NASCAR (which means you’re not from the
South or didn’t watch History’s version of “Top Gear”), what it’s
like to race frogs, learn proper table etiquette from the family of the woman
who codified it, pan for gold (which means you haven’t watched “Sarah
Palin’s Alaska” on TLC, or “Gold Rush Alaska” on Discovery Channel)
or pee in the weightless vacuum of space, then History’s “Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy” is the show for you.
Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, the frequently sleeveless stand-up comedian (real
name Dan Whitney) and member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour answers these
burning questions and more as he tours his beloved native land to look at the
wonderful, the weird, the impressive and the just plain odd of these United
States, from crawfishing in Louisiana to dog sledding in Minnesota to dodging
kicks at Mule Day in Tennessee.
During his whirlwind promotional tour, Larry took a few minutes to answer some
email questions about his adventures.
Zap2it: Where did the idea for this
Larry: I know it sounds weird, Larry
the Cable Guy on History? That’s like Charlie Sheen doin’ commercials for
eharmony.com! But History wanted to find a Brad Pitt-type/David Beckam…ish
person that would not only draw attention with looks and bring ratings to their
show from smiling women, but in the process will celebrate the great culture of
by giving our history a fun twist. That’s why they got me, Larry the Cable Guy.
This will be a hilarious, informative, and new approach to history, AND like
Pitt and Beckham, I’ll be easy on the eyes!!
Zap2it: What did you most want to
Larry: The Playboy
Mansion but we never had time to
squeeze it in, so I had to settle for Mule Days in Tennessee. I hadn’t seen that many big teeth
since my family reunion!
Zap2it: Did everything you wanted
wind up in the show?
Larry: I got pretty much
everything in. History was very good to me in that respect. They knew the show
was my spin on history, so they kinda let me go. The hard part was finding what
to cut, because there was so much funny stuff in each segment, it was hard to
decide what to keep in and keep out.
Zap2it: What surprised you the most?
Larry: How fat I got during the
filming. I actually get fatter from week to week. Now as far as meeting people
and hosting the show, the thing that surprised me was just how many fans I had
in areas I didn’t think I’d have fans. It was awesome.
Zap2it: What surprised you the
Larry: That America is
still full of good people all over the place. It doesn’t matter what color they
are or where they come from, they are doing things together and enjoying the freedoms
that make this country great. That really didn’t surprise me at all, ’cause
when I travel I see them all the time.
If you watch the news you’d think
America is full of scumbags, but the news only covers scumbags, ’cause the
majority of the people that are working hard to achieve the American dream, and
raising good families, and helping out neighbors, I guess are boring and not
newsworthy. The good thing is those people are the majority.
Zap2it: If someone who’s
never been to America
sees your show, what do you think they will learn?
Larry: They’ll wanna do what our
forefathers did and move here! This place is awesome! They already probably
know our culture is the greatest in the world, I’m just showin’ it to ’em and
makin’ ’em wish they were me.
Zap2it: Is it hard meeting ordinary
Americans when you’re a cultural icon?
Larry: I love people, and I love
hearin’ their stories. Americans are the best and all have something unique and
interesting to share. I just ask they not look me directly in the eyes when
speaking to me… (oh, sorry, that last part was a press request that was written
for Barbra Streisand).
Zap2it: Which what was scarier:
crawfish, sled dogs or mules?
Larry: Actually what was scary were
the dudes working with crawfish, sled dogs and mules!!
Zap2it: Have you acquired any new
hobbies as a result of your adventures?
Larry: I now use more hand
Zap2it: What are your top three tips
for people who want to get out and see the real America?
Larry: Only one tip. You wanna see
the real America
then turn the news off every now and then and go see what a beautiful county we
have. You don’t gotta go far to see real America. Real America is the
guy makin’ BBQ. Real America
is the trucker haulin’ goods and services across the country. Real America is Moms
and Dads and kids hangin’ out on a Saturday afternoon racin’ soap-box cars. Real
is a county fair; Real America is a baseball game on a hot summer night.
Real America is people of every background helping
one another and enjoying every day the freedoms And that can be achieved,
Only in America!!
And that’s a damn good tip!