Larry the Cable Guy and Styx.

It’s a match made in ... Florida.

That sounds like a joke, but it’s serious.

The “Git-R-Done” guy who delivers one-liners with a Southern accent and the attitude of a not-very-smart telecommunications technician is pals with REO Speedwagon, Foghat and, yes, Styx.

Being famous means you get to go golfing, and at the celebrity tournaments, the comedians sometimes end up paired with the musicians.

And then that leads to Larry — real name Dan Whitney, a native of Pawnee City who now lives outside of Lincoln — getting onstage to play air guitar with REO Speedwagon and Foghat and air flute with Marshall Tucker Band.

And then that leads Larry to playing an entire tour with Styx.

Comedians playing with rock bands used to be commonplace, but to his knowledge, a comedian has never shared co-headliner status with a band.

“I don’t think that’s been tried before,” Whitney told The World-Herald. “It’s fun. I’m looking forward to it. I just want to go up and tell some jokes.”

We caught up with the Whitney as well as James “JY” Young of Styx separately and asked each about Wednesday’s show, how they came together and what they’ve got coming up.

Q: So how did this happen?

Young: It’s a unique pairing. ... We’ve met Larry before. We’ve done some charity shows before. We’ll Git-R-Done.

Whitney: We wanted to try it. It was just something that popped up. I got a new album coming out. I’m using it as a time to get my jokes in order.

I think it’s very rare that the band and the comedian are co-headlining. We’re both a feature act. I don’t think that’s been tried before.

Q: Does Larry like Styx?

Whitney: Of course he likes Styx. He likes pretty much what I like. (Laughs.)

Q: Maybe Larry can pop onstage during “Blue Collar Man”?

Young: I hadn’t thought about it, but that’s a good idea.

Q: Do you have any Styx-specific material written?

Whitney: I’ll do some rock ’n’ roll jokes. When I did “Backyard Barbecue,” I said I toured with Molly Hatchet and it was really fun. The cool thing about touring with Molly Hatchet is, at the end of the show, you could go get your picture taken with a cardboard cutout of the original members. (Laughs.)

I’m not gonna bag on Styx, but I’m sure I’ll be doing some classic rock jokes.

Q: Styx tours a lot. Do you still love it?

Young: The time on stage is magical. It’s the fountain of youth. It’s an amazing, wonderful thing. Traveling has gotten less and less comfortable. The traveling part of it is really the work. The concert part of it is the joy and the exhilaration.

Q: Styx released a new album in 2017, “The Mission.” Are you playing a lot of it?

Young: Typically in our concert, depending on how long we play, we do two or three songs. It was our first studio record of original music since 2003.

This one has done really well, and the record company has told us to do another one if we want to. It has revitalized our image in a sense with younger, newer fans. This is an amazing record.

I intend to do this till the day I drop. We’ll keep making records.

Q: For the stand-up portion, Larry the Cable Guy has new material. How do you write a new show, since you’re not exactly in the clubs working out material every night?

Whitney: I’m constantly writing stuff down. I’ve got pages and pages of one-liners and setups and stuff. It’s really crazy how that works. I’m looking back on stuff I wrote down in 2005 and 2006. I thought it was too ridiculous or I couldn’t get it to work, but now it fits. It’s all a matter of timing and where you get it in your act.

I have a crapload of jokes.

I got a couple of kids and a wife, and I go golfing with buddies. You’re goofing around, you throw out a funny quip.

Q: Is your wife the first person to sign off on a joke?

Whitney: My wife has heard me for so long, she doesn’t really laugh at them.

Q: Styx has probably performed some songs countless times. Do you have any favorites that light people up?

Young: “Renegade” and “Blue Collar Man.” “Too Much Time.” “Come Sail Away.” Those are the songs where the crowd came to hear those. There are many songs that I really enjoy playing onstage. Those I would say get the biggest crowd reaction.

As we age, we expect our audience to age with us. With the Internet and the digitization of recorded music, it was a fairly negative time for any employee of a record company, but the transportability of the music has ultimately once again served our purpose as a live concert act. We’re seeing younger people show up at our shows who weren’t there for the first round.

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