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'Git 'er done': Comedian Larry the Cable Guy to perform at BREC

Larry the Cable Guy visited the Bemidji Curling Club Tuesday afternoon to get a lesson in Curling 101 from Pete Fenson. After learning the game, he played one match with local high school students. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Tickets are still available for tonight's comedy performance by Larry the Cable Guy.

In his signature signoff, Larry will "Git 'er done" at 7:30 p.m. today at the Bemidji Regional Event Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at the BREC box office cost $43.75.

Bob LeBarron, executive director of the BREC, said BREC management company VenuWorks has a nationwide relationship with booking companies, including Outback Concerts, which sets up Larry's engagements. LeBarron said Larry was going to be in the area with performances of his latest tour, titled "Tailgate Party," scheduled for a couple of Illinois venues and Fargo, N.D., this week. VenuWorks proposed a performance in Bemidji, and Larry accepted.

"We have a really great relationship with the folks managing the Bemidji Event Center," said Jon Gunter of Outback Concerts.

"I think he will fit in quite well with everybody up here," LeBarron said. "I think it's a good fit for the market."

Larry, whose real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney, 47, grew up on a farm in Nebraska, but moved with his family to West Palm Beach, Fla., when he was16. In 1986, on a dare from his friends, he tried out an act at a comedy club. Since then he has evolved his character as red neck Larry the Cable Guy dressed in old jeans, an untucked shirt with sleeves cut off and a cap, usually with a Nebraska or Corn Huskers logo. He affects a southern accent for what he calls "blue-collar comedy," and delves into politically incorrect and often raunchy humor, although he does not use four-letter words.

Larry the Cable Guy is the second performance at the BREC. The first, the Jeremy Camp concert held Oct. 15, sold out with an audience of 2,300. LeBarron said the concert also gave the staff experience in setting up for a performance and then preparing the hockey rink again for the Bemidji State University Beavers.

The next BREC performance will be Sesame Street Live, "Elmo's Healthy Heroes," Dec. 28 and 29. Tickets start at $10 and are now on sale.

The first Bemidji High School event at the BREC will open at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, with the Lumberjacks girls hockey versus Thief River Falls.