So, tell us Larry, how did a cucumber like you get into show business?
It was kind of an accident. I come from a long line of hardware store employees. My brothers are all great with table saws and cordless drills, but I've always been all thumbs with that kind of stuff... well no thumbs anyway. I just have always loved to sing and tell stories and then one day, bam! I got my own T.V. show.
What is Bob really like to work with? How about Junior Asparagus, or Archibald?
Bob's great. He's better to work with after a meal, though. He gets a little grumpy when his blood sugar gets low. Junior is a great kid. Smart as a whip. He learns his lines faster than any of us. Archibald is nice, too. Did you know he's British? Some people don't know that.
Tell us about your latest show, Sumo of the Opera. What do you want kids and parents to know about it?
It's a really fun show and it teaches a really great lesson in perseverance. I play the part of the "Italian Scallion". I'm a sumo wrestler that needs to learn a thing or two about perseverance. My character was raised by scallions, and he grew up thinking he was a scallion – and the "Italian" part is because it rhymes. It's kind of a Rocky meets the Mikado meets WWF (or WW whatever). Also, there's a Silly Song (School House Polka), and two other short stories. It's a blast!
Why did you choose to do a show on perseverance?
We like to do shows that help teach great lessons to kids. I think it's really important to teach kids to "keep on keeping on" even when things get tough. And that when we're doing something that we know God wants us to do, it's important that we finish.
What does it mean now that the teensy weensy cucumber named Lutfi has co-hosted the show? I hope no personnel changes are in store...
He's a great co-host. As soon as he finishes washing dishes to pay for what he did to Qwerty, we hope to have him back on!
Were those Sumo outfits really uncomfortable?
Not for a vegetable.
You've been doing this show for over ten years now. What's your favorite part of doing the show? What do you find most challenging?
I really like the Silly Songs and all the different characters I get to play. There's never a dull moment. One month we're shooting in outer space and the next month we're in ancient Mesopotamia. The challenge of that is adjusting from zero gravity right into cous-cous. That's pretty messy.
The Big Idea offices recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee. So, after ten years on the same countertop, how do you like your new home?
We brought the countertop along and it fits great in our new space. I love Nashville, too. I can wear my cowboy hat any time I want and nobody asks questions.