While Larry the Cable Guy was waist deep in alligator-infested waters recently, filming the second season of his hit History series, Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, the first season of the show was being prepped for its DVD release. Fans of Larry and travelogue documentary shows will be able to get their hands on the two-disc, 10-episode, six-hour-plus package (pictured to the right) on Aug. 30.
If you’re not familiar with the show, Larry (real name: Dan Whitney) criss-crosses the country – Heartland and cities alike – in search of real people who carry on American traditions through their occupations or way of life. In the process, Whitney is put into situations dangerous, ridiculous and just plain awkward. The first season of the show found the comedian, among other things, making moonshine, breeding mules (yum!) and riding with the Hell’s Angels.
I just chatted with Dan, who told me he’s already filmed two new episodes of the second season and is set to shoot again on Friday. “I don’t know what we’re doing,” he tells Laughspin. “That’s the thing about the show. I never want to know. I know we’re going to Branson, Missouri but I don’t know what the show’s about.”
Two weeks ago, he didn’t know what he was getting into, either. But he knew what he didn’t want to do. “I’m sick of alligator shows,” he tells me. “We did two alligator shows last year. And I said, ‘seriously, look, I’m going to losing an effing leg; I don’t want to do any more alligator shows.’ So, what do we do? We do two more alligator shows. I’m not a big fan of going in the swamp all the time and jumping on these friggin’ alligators.”
But it was all done for very scientific reasons this time. It’s not just poor Larry being nearly killed by giant prehistoric beasts. Larry and co. headed down to the University of Florida to hang out with scientists who are studying alligator blood and why the animals never seem to die from disease. Larry also filmed a shrimping segment (they caught 640 pounds of the little suckers) in St. Augustine, FL.
The only other thing Larry knows right now about the rest of the filming schedule for season two is that he’s headed to Alaska for three days sometime soon. “And we might do something with a dog training facility in North Carolina,” he adds.
Good luck, Larry, wherever you end up.
Click here to pre-order Only In America With Larry The Cable Guy: Volume One, which comes out Aug. 30.