Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known by his stage name and character Larry the Cable Guy, was born on February 17, 1963 in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Whitney attended college at the now defunct Baptist University of America. Whitney left college after his junior year to pursue his comedy career.
Whitney began his career in radio. He started as a disc jockey in Blue Springs, Missouri. Whitney became a popular regular guest on many radio shows through out the nation. The development of the character, Larry the Cable Guy, made Whitney famous. Now he maintains the Larry character throughout his stage comedy acts. Whitney is also one of the co-stars of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. The tour is a comedy troupe which also includes Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Jeff Foxworthy. The comedians all starred on Blue Collar TV together.