Q&A with…Larry the Cable Guy

Dan Whitney, better known as comedian “Larry the Cable Guy,” played golf and entertained on Wednesday during his appearance at the Principal Charity Classic Prairie Meadows Pro-Am at the Wakonda Club.

Born in Pawnee City, Neb., Whitney is a noted Nebraska football fan. He’s also good at making people laugh. After his round, he put on his comedy face and joked around.

Q: Is comedy the best way to handle a tough day on the golf course?

A: Golf’s real humiliating. So it’s fun to come out and have a good time and laugh. You want to have some good shots. The one thing you’ve got to remember about golf is to not take it too serious. If you don’t make money playing golf, then you should come out and have a good time because you’re never going to get it right. No matter how good you think you are, just come out and have fun. You’ve got to have a sense of humor to play golf.

Q: Do you feel the same way about your comedy career?

A: I’ve been hilarious for many years. Next year will be my 30th year in the comedy business, and my fifth year of being funny. I’m excited about it. It’s a big anniversary for me.

Q: Why is playing in events like this important to you?

A: They’re always fun because all the money goes to kid’s charities, and here, in Des Moines and Iowa. Any time we can use our celebrity – if you want to call me that – and help out it’s always fun. And I love playing golf. You can play golf and help people out. That’s why you do it. A lot of people don’t realize how much money golf makes for veterans and kids. It’s an amazing thing.

Q: Your Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost three of the last four football games to Iowa. Did you consider not coming because of that?

A: Next question…No, we only don’t like Iowa one time a year, and that’s it. I love Iowa. I have a lot of friends in Iowa. Iowa’s just like Nebraska. Just another letter on the helmet. But you’ll never beat us again.

Q: Did you play well today?

A: I was on and off. Callaway gave me a $10,000 check when I got here not to play their clubs. That was awesome. It got pretty bad out there. My caddy was throwing clubs on the 11th hole. I’ve been playing golf for 61/2 years. I’m still learning. But I hit some good shots out there.

Q: Have you ever had a hole-in-one?

A: I’ve had 31, but no one was with me to see them. My first year in the American Century Tournament in Tahoe I had the Golf Channel Shot of the Day. I was on the 17th hole, the water hole, and it literally rolled a foot and a half past. I was nervous, and the greens were really fast. And I three-putted the shot of the day.

By Rick Brown, Principal Charity Classic Senior Reporter

Larry the Cable Guy Joins Principal Charity Classic Pro-Am Field

Popular comedian and actor Larry the Cable Guy is bringing his golf game to the 2017 Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, in Des Moines. The annual event, named the 2016 PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year, is slated for June 6-11 at historic Wakonda Club.

Larry the Cable Guy is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country. Born Daniel Whitney in Pawnee City, Nebraska, he has his own line of Larry the Cable Guy merchandise and continues to sell out theatres and arenas across the United States. His latest comedy special, “We’ve Been Thinking”, can be seen on Netflix, and he will also reprise his role as Mater in upcoming CARS 3 movie this June.

Fans can watch Larry the Cable Guy play in the Wednesday Pro-Am on June 7 at the Principal Charity Classic.

“I love to get out on the golf course and to make people laugh – and hey, when those two things go together, it’s a really good time,” said Larry the Cable Guy, who played in the AT&T Celebrity Challenge at Pebble Beach earlier this year and maintains a 12.8 golf handicap. “A tournament like the Principal Charity Classic is truly awesome. Des Moines is close to home for me, and when I heard this event had raised almost $10 million for Iowa kids, I wanted to be part of it.”

In addition to his success as Larry the Cable Guy, the Grammy-nominated funnyman is known for his charitable work. In 2009, Whitney and his wife Cara established The Git-R-Done Foundation – named after his signature catchphrase – to support organizations helping children and veterans. The charitable foundation has made numerous donations, including a $5 million gift to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida, to form The International Hip Dysplasia Institute in 2010. The couple’s son, Wyatt Whitney, was successfully treated for hip dysplasia at the hospital as an infant.

“We’re excited that Larry the Cable Guy was inspired to join us at the 2017 Principal Charity Classic after learning about the tournament’s charitable and community impact, which continues to grow each year,” said Tournament Director Greg Conrad. “He has achieved a lot of success in his career and has made it a personal priority to give back, especially in support of children’s and veteran’s causes. And supporting Iowa kids and the community is what the Principal Charity Classic is all about.”

The Principal Charity Classic raised a record $2,053,725 for Iowa children’s charities in 2016, bringing the tournament’s 10-year charitable giving total to nearly $10 million. More than 83,000 spectators attended last year’s tournament.

Get tickets

Tickets to the Principal Charity Classic start at just $20, and can be purchased online at principalcharityclassic.com or at the event’s main entrance gate during tournament week.

As a reminder, kids 15 and under may attend the Principal Charity Classic for free if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary admission is also provided for all active duty, retired and reserve military along with their dependents.

For more information about the Principal Charity Classic, visit principalcharityclassic.com.