Tim Allen

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - Personality - Wal­ter Scott Asks

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.

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