Sometimes there is a person who is just so amazingly talented that I feel inspired to write something about them. I feel that way today. Who is this special someone that makes my palms sweat and my heart flutter? Daniel Lawrence Whitney, of course (you might know him as “Larry the Cable Guy”). Daniel is known best for his brilliant stand-up comedy, which has, over the years, cleverly subverted the expectations of millions of educated people by being completely incomprehensible and (ironically) unfunny. Make no mistake; Daniel is a thinking man’s comic, and his battle cry of, “Git ‘er done!” comes as a welcome and much-needed challenge to the “think first, act later” mentality that has become all too prevalent among would-be intellectuals in these modern times. Truly, this man is a comic genius who forces us to rethink the very foundations of our society.
But comedy is not the only area in which this amazingly talented man shines. An artist of his caliber deserves to be seen on the silver screen, and he has made himself at home in several feature films. I’ll try not to wax too poetic here, but some credit is due to this master of the cinematic medium. By the end of Delta Farce, for instance, I really believed that Daniel’s character was an actor playing a comedian playing a member of the National Guard. Such intricate and powerful layering of concepts is something that movies like Inception only wish they could achieve, and is yet another reason that Mr. Whitney should be acknowledged as one of the greatest comedians — no, one of the greatest men alive today.