Patricia Richardson Admits She Thought the Original ‘Home Improvement’ Audience Laughter Was ‘Ridiculous’

by Halle Ames

“Home Improvement” actress Patricia Richardson sat down for an interview with Entertainment Tonight about the obnoxious audience she dealt.

In a lengthy interview, Patricia Richardson gets deep as she talks about her professional career. She also adds how she stumbled upon the role of Jill Taylor on the hit sitcom, “Home Improvement.”

“The night of the pilot, I’m not exaggerating, we had to wait as long as 13 seconds for them to stop laughing before we could say the next line and what’s going on in my mind is ‘boy how much do they pay these people to come here and laugh like this. This is, this is ridiculous. This is the most ridiculous audience I’ve ever heard.'”

Patricia Richardson says that she was starting to get annoyed with the audience as the show went on due to all the laughing, which led to pausing.

“I almost wanted to turn around and say, ‘okay guys, this is too much, back it off.’ And then I would say a line, and another 11, 13 seconds would go by. I mean, it was like ‘holy moly. Come here. Come on. Calm down guys.'”

Patricia Richardson on the Show’s Success

The actress says that from the start of filming the show’s pilot episode, she knew it was going to be a hit. Richardson says her husband knew it as well.

“So it was unbelievable, but I mean, it was this huge success that night. So I go back to the dressing room, my husband’s up there, and I walk in the dressing room, and he goes, ‘well, welcome to the show you’re going to be doing for the next seven years, and I’m hearing you’re getting the spot next to “Rosanne.”‘

The series was indeed a success as one of the most-watched sitcoms in the United States. “Home Improvement” lasted for eight seasons, from 1991 until 1999, with 209 episodes.