‘Last Man Standing’ Star Tim Allen Once Revealed Hilarious Story About How He First Started Signature ‘Grunt’

by Taylor Cunningham

A few years ago, Tim Allen sat down Detroit Comedy Scene to discuss his career. And during his interview, we finally learned how the Last Man Standing star started his signature grunt.

Most of us remember Allen as Tim the Tool Man Taylor in Home Improvement. The role was his big break in Hollywood. One of the most memorable things about the 1990s series was Tim’s grunt. The show ran for eight years, and Tim Taylor is one of the most infamous characters in sitcom history.

In 2017, Allen took a break from filming Last Man Standing and answered some questions about his “comedy roots.” And, of course, one of the first questions was about his famous grunt.

“Your act is known for its signature grunts. Tell us about the history of the grunting,” asked Detroit Comedy Scene. “It’s called a ‘hook’,” he responded. He said the reason he started doing it was to make himself memorable, and we think it worked perfectly.

Allen confessed that the grunt originated in Akron, Ohio when he was doing a show. “I was dying,” he laughed. “It was a dinner show. Everyone was eating and mumbling. From stage, it sounded like grunting.” So, the comedian started grunting back.

“Out of frustration,” he said. “I started grunting parts of the transitions between observation so they would better understand my stories, and for a spell, they actually got really responsive. I never forgot this moment.”

Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Misses Out on Emmy Nominations

Tim Allen just wrapped up the 9th and final season of his hit comedy Last Man Standing, and fans were hoping the show would go out with a bang by earning multiple Emmy nods. But unfortunately, the FOX comedy only earned one nomination, and it wasn’t even for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series or Best Comedy Series.

Allen’s career has been peppered with nominations. His lead role on Home Improvement earned him a Grammy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series back in 1993. And he even won a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series. But over his decade-long stint with Last Man Standing, he never earned a single nomination. Supporters hoped that would change this year, but alas, he was snubbed.

Instead, Last Man Standing received one Emmy nomination in 2021 for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series. The nominations for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series or Best Comedy Series went to Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method), William H. Macy (Shameless), Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso), and Kenan Thompson (Kenan). The nominees for the latter are “Ted Lasso,” “Emily in Paris,” “Cobra Kai,” “Black-ish,” “Hacks,” “The Flight Attendant” and “Pen15.”