'Cable Guy' on top events, Honey Boo Boo
October, 8, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Nigel KinradeNASCAR legend Bobby Allison hangs with Larry the Cable Guy at the Talladega Superspeedway.Comedian Larry the Cable Guy is working with Prilosec OTC and its new flavor Wildberry to offer fans the chance to win tickets to the NCAA Final Four, Super Bowl XLVII and the Daytona 500.
Larry the Cable Guy (real name Dan Whitney) started the launch last week in New York and made an appearance Sunday at the NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala.
Playbook chased him down to talk for a few minutes about his favorite trips, what is on his bucket list and his thoughts on the Honey Boo Boo phenomenon.
What are your five favorite sporting events you've ever attended?
"My list is kind of screwed up. I have different likes and dislikes than most people. Here are my favorites: National Finals of Rodeo, the Houston Rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Yes, I have a thing for rodeos. The Orange Bowl when my University of Nebraska played the Miami Hurricanes. And any Atlanta Braves game."
I like how you didn't pick any Super Bowls or World Series, like most celebrities would. You focused on what you like.
"Of course, that's because I'm very selfish! I could care less about anybody else!"
What do you think of the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" phenomenon on TLC?
"That's one of the reasons I'm getting out of TV. [He's joking.] When Jeff Foxworthy and I were doing our stuff on redneck humor, it was a microcosm of people we grew up with. We still had a soul and a heart. These people don't even give a crap. It really stinks."
So you're not into their style of humor?
"Jeff grew up in the South. I grew up in Nebraska. We both came from small farming communities. I know I wouldn't even fit in at Honey Boo Boo's house. It's the complete extreme."
But you know why it's still on the air.
A big-time director once told me that when you put out a product, in your face, and people buy it, they will continue to put out that product. But that's the cool thing about America. It's a free country. People are going to watch it.
You still have your critics who say you're trying to entertain the lowest-common denominator, like the Honey Boo Boo show.
"I honestly could care less what the critics say. When I look at my wife and kids, what they say doesn't mean a thing to me."
What's left for you to do then?
"I've done more than I would have ever thought. I wanted to make a living being funny. I did that. I wanted to make movies. I did that. I wanted to write a book. It was a New York Times bestseller. Thanks to my fans, I've been very successful. I probably wouldn't do things that would take me away from my family too long. I never thought I'd be in a position to turn down things. But my priorities have changed. It is just not as important."