This Saturday at 5pm and 9pm, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora welcomes blue collar comedy legend Larry The Cable Guy.
Larry The Cable Guy (who's birth name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney) came on the national comedy scene in 2000 when fellow comedian and friend Jeff Foxworthy invited him to be a part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour -- a travelling comedy show started by Foxworthy that also included Bill Engvall and eventually Ron White. The central theme of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour is four comedians with southern country roots that tell jokes and stories about everyday "blue collar average Joe" life.
Larry's comedic success didn't happen overnight. He grew up on a pig farm in Nebraska, but was exposed to the entertainment industry through his father; a preacher and guitar player who performed with the Everly Brothers; and his mother, who oddly enough was a female Elvis impersonator.
Larry, who was always considered a comedian amongst his friends and classmates, never really felt the urge to follow in his parents' entertainment footsteps until he was dared by his friends at age 23 to get up on stage at a local comedy club in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he had moved to with his family at age 16.
The dare set a spark in Larry, and two years later he decided to perform stand-up comedy full time. His comedy career didn't pick up as swiftly as he had hoped. His act was quite different as it is today. He was clean-cut, often wearing khakis and tucked-in button down dress shirts, and the jokes consisted of family, ex-girlfriends, and day-to-day life.
Larry picked up a day job as a radio DJ in 1991, which just so happened to ignite the onstage persona that is Larry The Cable Guy. As a comedy bit on his radio show he would call other radio stations as various characters that he had developed for the stage but had not yet made it work. One of the characters was a blue collar southern cable TV technician. Larry called in to the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show as Larry The Cable Guy and at the end of the bit threw in the phrase "Get 'er done". After that radio segment, Larry The Cable Guy was born.
The new-found character was now Larry's stage act, and soon he was touring across the country for much of the 1990's. Larry The Cable Guy's contribution to the Blue Collar Comedy Tour made him a household name. Larry made his own comedy CD in 2001 called Lord, I Apologize and in 2005 made a DVD called Git-R-Done and another CD titled The Right to Bear Arms. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour still stands as one of the highest-grossing comedy acts of all time.
Tickets for this Saturday's shows range from $65-$85. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 East Galena Blvd. in Aurora. For more information call 630-896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.