‘Assembly Required’ Posts Epic Throwback Clip of Tim Allen and Richard Karn Playing With Fire

by Robert Davis
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The History Channel’s hit series “Assembly Required” posted an epic throwback clip of hosts Tim Allen and Richard Karn lighting up the room.

“Assembly Required” is a competition show that “spotlights the best and brightest builders” from across the country, according to the show’s website. These amateur builders are challenged to breathe new life into everyday household items. Meanwhile, Allen and Karn share some shop stories of their own.

During the first episode of the series, both Allen and Karn get to play with fire-breathing leaf blowers. And, let’s just say the two couldn’t look happier.

Both Allen and Karn challenged two competitors to build the fire-breathing leaf blowers to serve as a snow-melting device for the winter. As Richard said, “it’s gotta be able to maintain your yard in any season. It’s gotta move leaves; it’s gotta blow dirt, and it’s gotta melt ice.”

“Assembly Required” airs on Tuesdays at 10 PM EST on the History Channel.

Tim Allen and Richard Karn Assemble “Assembly Required”

According to The Wrap, the two former “Home Improvement” stars decided to reunite for “Assembly Required” because it felt familiar.

However, Allen told the entertainment news website that he “never envisioned” working with Karn on the show. He described the show as a “live version of ‘Tool Time'” even though it does not air live on television.

“My only hesitation was I didn’t want to embarrass myself,” Allen told reporters in February 2021. “We’re very similar to the characters we play in the show.”

For Karn, the show reminds him of growing up in Seattle, Washington.

“We don’t like to ask questions we don’t know the answers to,” Karn told The Wrap. “My dad was a builder, my grandfather was a builder. I’ve always really respected that part of society. Things break around the house and sometimes you don’t want to throw it away because it might be just a little, tiny thing that will fix it and it’ll work perfectly instead of going into a trash heap. We’ve all had forms of this kind of a show in our heads, but Tim was able to bring it to fruition.”

After “Home Improvement”

Both Tim Allen and Richard Karn went on to have successful entertainment careers after “Home Improvement” ended in 1999.

According to IMDB, Allen quickly transitioned from television to movies, appearing first in the sequel to the 1995 classic Toy Story. He also starred in a spin-off titled Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins.

Allen made his return to television in 2004 when he narrated the TV Movie called “Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose, and Kaboom”. Since then, the “Assembly Required” star has also appeared in comedy series such as “Reno 911” and “Last Man Standing”.

Richard Karn primarily worked in television following the end of “Home Improvement”. He appeared in series such as “The 70’s Show”, “Watchine Ellie”, and “Dirt”.

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