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Larry the Cable Guy

Morning Constitutions – 2007 (Jack/Warner)

Reviewed by Ken Burke

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Blessed with a good ol' boy heart of gold, Dan Whitney's portrayal of Larry the Cable Guy - the only Blue Collar member who performs in character - blends jovial audience contact with gross out punchlines tempered by self-effacing realizations. "I'm wearing a thong tonight," he confides. "Don't get too excited. They started out as boxer shorts, all right?" Warming to his own image, he comments with politically incorrect fervor about such everyman experiences as Wal-Mart, Denny's and, of course, marriage, ("I got married a year and a half ago, and she's still got that new wife smell on her, I'll tell ya.)

By the time he picks his guitar ostensibly to sing "A Sue Named Boy" and shoots off surprisingly bawdy one-liners la "They say that when a female teacher has sex with a student, it's abuse. I say, it's pretty damned lucky," Cable Guy has them rolling in aisles.

Sometimes punchlines can be heard coming a mile away as when he lists his least favorite stripper names ("Edna, Bertha...Walter.") That said, the drawling comic imbues every observation - from poop jokes to speculation about women seeking breast reduction - with a folksy wink reminiscent of a tobacco chewing uncle spitting his trailer park wisdom with juicy accuracy.