Tim Allen is the Dave Matthews of comedy. Wait a minute, I take that back, as I've actually liked a couple of songs by Matthews. I can't point to one time that Tim Allen has entertained me. Unless he is the voice of a Pixar character, I just don't get the appeal of the guy. Somehow Timothy Dick has survived my non-patronage of his career, though, as he has been one of the most successful TV and Movie Stars of the past 15 years.
Allen began his entertainment career during the stand-up comedy boom of the 1980's. If you had even a decent mix of talent and personality, the comedy clubs were begging for you. It was a seller's market and Tim Allen is one of the great examples of being in the right place at the right time. (I started in 1992. Kind of like going public with an internet stock in October of 2001) Allen's act was based on the premise that "Men are Pigs" and by mixing tired premises with a few swine grunts, a star was born!
His hit sitcom, "Home Improvement" was the number 1 show on TV at one point. Now I should put out there that I have no interest in tools or fixing stuff, so I know some of the humor wasn't designed for me, but still the show was really abysmal. For awhile, "Home Improvement" actually beat "Seinfeld" in the ratings. Giddy-up!
According to Allen's Wikipedia article, he at one time had the number 1 TV show, number 1 movie, and number 1 book all at the same time. I can't think of anyone else who can say that. Spending just a little time thinking about this would make most comic/writer/actors contemplate wanting to take a shower with Richard Jeni. (Is it still too soon?)
Now, if you think that Allen's career is pretty much over now, let me mention that he was the star of the number 1 movie in America last week, a classic I'm sure entitled "Wild Hogs." Starring Allen, John Travolta, and Martin Lawrence, "Wild Hogs" is almost like a Please Explain segment in itself. Why would some movie studio want to put together these 3 actors, who haven't done anything good in 10 years, even if they have thrown-in William H. Macy to give it a bit of credibility? Well, from the financial success of the film, I guess I was off. I know I can't wait for "Wild Hogs 2" starring Patrick Swayze, Cedric the Entertainer, and Joe Piscopo!