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Comedian Tim Allen Encourages People to ‘Move On’ from COVID-19: ‘We Gotta Live Our Lives’

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Comedian Tim Allen Encourages People to ‘Move On’ from COVID-19: ‘We Gotta Live Our Lives’

By Movieguide® Staff

In a recent interview with WPTV, actor, and comedian Tim Allen promoted his upcoming show, Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, and discussed COVID-19 regulations.

Although Allen does not shy away from joking about real-world events, he noted that comedy about the pandemic is different.

“It’s a tightrope,” Allen said. “I have a family member that passed away. I have neighbors that have passed away. Then I’ve had hundreds of thousands of people, a lot of which I don’t know, that had [COVID-19] and didn’t know they had it. This [has] been a very difficult navigation for a comedian.”

“Lately, because of the sensitivity, which bothers me, I’m more likely to want to poke that. … But out of respect, I will tell people as an adult, there’s some things I’m going to say that don’t mean the same thing to me as they might mean to you,” he added. “So I go through a litany of stuff up front.”

Allen also said that mask requirements make it hard for him and other comedians to read the room. The TOY STORY actor said that he believes most people are ready to move on from the rules and regulations.

“Without saying it, I feel people [are] ready to move on [from COVID-19],” he explained. “Even though [the pandemic] may or may not be over, we’re over. We got it. We got it. We got to live our lives and move on and [that’s with] all due respect for the people in pain and the people that have suffered with this, that’s with all due respect for that. That said, you’re going to have to move on.”

Allen is candid about his conservative views, and recently wrapped-up the final season of his conservative-leaning show, LAST MAN STANDING last year.

Movieguide® previously reported:

On May 20, 2021, Tim Allen’s long-running sitcom LAST MAN STANDING will finally come to an end. The veteran comedian and actor, known for HOME IMPROVEMENT and TOY STORY, said it was challenging to end the decade-long adventure.

“To be very honest, I have had problems letting go of this one. It’s just been three or four weeks and I’m literally just feeling better. Never have I enjoyed, outside of HOME IMPROVEMENT and maybe moments of GALAXY QUEST, one of these jobs,” Allen said. “This crew, from the guy at the gate to Radford inside to people we ate with, I loved every second of this experience.”

The series finale features back-to-back episodes and airs on Fox. In the past, LAST MAN STANDING underwent sudden changes when ABC dropped the show, but Fox renewed it. Allen said that filming the final season was painful because he knew it was his last time as Mike Baxter.

“This set, I looked at every set piece. I walked through every hallway over and over again, always looking around. It didn’t help. Having this pulled from us several times like that, you get used to sudden death and for some reason I prefer that,” Allen said during a press conference. “For whatever reason this was the end of the nine-year stretch on this. [It’s] very difficult on me.”