Larry the Cable Guy started out doing humor bits for a radio station in Florida. As his popularity grew, Larry (whose real name is Dan Whitney) parlayed his bits into a proper stand-up routine and hit the comedy clubs in the Tampa Bay area. His big break came when fellow Southerner Jeff Foxworthy pitched the idea of a comedy tour loosely based on the Kings of Comedy, and asked Larry the Cable Guy to join. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which also included Bill Engval, was successful enough to spawn a movie and CD. And while Foxworthy and Engval were clearly the headliners, Larry the Cable Guy gave those well-established comedians a solid run for their money each night of the tour. The positive press and national exposure led to Larry the Cable Guy's own record deal, which saw the release of Lord, I Apologize in 2001.