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Larry the Cable Guy brings blue-collar comedy to Clearwater

First of all, Larry the Cable Guy is not a real person. A comic named Daniel Whitney, who was born in Nebraska, had a number of characters in his act, one of which was a redneck called Larry the Cable Guy. That character grew increasingly popular and was even featured on a Tampa morning zoo radio show, The Ron and Ron Show, in the early '90s. Jeff Foxworthy's Blue Collar Comedy Tour in 2003 put Larry the Cable Guy in living rooms and the act still sells tickets by the pickup load on the comedy circuit, including two shows, at 5 and 8 p.m., this Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $49.75-$100; (727) 791-7400. He also hosts TV shows for the History channel (Only In America) and has had movie roles in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Witless Protection and Disney's Cars. He has taken some hits from comedy snobs for his blue-collar humor, but his Southern drawl, ridiculous clothes and swagger get big laughs when he tells the audience, "Now, that is funny right there." Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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