‘Last Man Standing’: Tim Allen Misses Live Audience During Season 9 Filming

by Quentin Blount

Tim Allen recently called in from his garage to the Kelly Clarkson Show to discuss a variety of different topics, including his current sitcom, Last Man Standing.

The comedy star and actor talks with Clarkson about how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to the comedy and acting industry.

“I miss stand up concerts more than I can tell you,” Allen says. “It’s very scary for my profession — there are certain lines you can’t cross. You don’t know if it’s funny or not. It certainly doesn’t work on Twitter, I do my best on my Twitter account to make jokes. But sometimes they don’t land, because you can’t look at people’s faces.”

Allen says that although right now is a “sad time” for comedy, he believes that the ninth and final season of his current show, Last Man Standing, will be their best yet. He says he does miss having live fans on set, though.

“It’s gonna be one of our best years. They say it’s our last season, but it doesn’t feel like it — it’s some of the best material we’ve ever done,” Allen explains to Clarkson. “However, we miss the live audience.”

Watch the full interview between Tim Allen and Kelly Clarkson below:

In addition to discussing details about Last Man Standing, Allen shares some of his favorite cars with Clarkson and drops details on how he’s bringing back his iconic “Home Improvement” character, Tim “The Toolman” Taylor.

Allen also reflects on his time racing cars, how he accidentally dropped an F-bomb on the set of The Santa Clause 2, and talks about Assembly Required, his competition series with former “Home Improvement” co-star Richard Karn. Oh, and not to mention, he gets a surprise call from Jay Leno as well.

Tim Allen Talks Discusses Lack of Live Audience With Jimmy Kimmel

In a hilarious interview with television host Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tim Allen discusses filming Last Man Standing with what he calls “penalty boxes.” The two popular comedians take a hard look at how much the pandemic has changed their industry.

“It’s the same situation. They’ve taken the ‘show’ out of show business. You’re just doing your work, and the lighting guy’s gotta come in and separate. It’s Disney protocols – and they’re doing it to save everybody’s lives,” Allen says. “It’s just … weird.”

“Our show is based on – it’s like theatre, but stand-up,” Allen continues. “We have 200 to 300 people (in our) live audience. We love our live audience show. Not there! So we have a bunch of penalty boxes,” Allen said.

Although Season Nine will be the last for Last Man Standing, it does promise to be something special.