The Toy Story and Home Improvement star, 65, returns to his role as Mike Baxter in the reboot of Last Man Standing—formerly on ABC—now Fridays on Fox. Season seven continues the story of the father of three daughters, who escapes the female buzz of his home via his job at the sporting goods emporium Outdoor Man.
Is the reboot different? Essentially, no. We’re carrying on. This couple is getting close to an empty nest, there are family issues as children get older and children have children.
How much of Mike Baxter is you? Whenever I get asked that, I use Roxanne as an example— that was one of my favorite Steve Martin performances. He wasn’t the wild and crazy guy. He wasn’t The Jerk, where he expanded his comedy. But you could see the core of him. And I guess the core of my comedy is in Mike Baxter.
What do we have to look forward to with
Toy Story 4 next summer? It’s worth the wait. It’s spectacular, it’s funny, it’s brilliant. It’s toys on a [new] adventure. Of course, I wish I was larger than Woody; [Buzz Lightyear] is always second wddle to big Tom [Hanks]. But I love being his friend personally, and I love being in this movie as Buzz.
Are you still enjoying stand-up comedy? I did a 44-city tour this year, not thinking I was coming back to the show. I can’t even describe the joy I get. People coming out to theaters to see me, it’s a grateful moment—sold-out shows, two in a row sometimes. In the middle of the show, there’s a sweet spot where I’m thinking to myself, when I get them laughing really hard, You think this is funny? I’ve got two more coming that are going to kill you. There’s nothing like it.
What special guest is he looking forward to having back on his show? Go to Parade.com/allen to Ƃnd out.