Tim Allen leaves kiddies, political correctness behind | Overview

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Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear within the “Toy Story” animated movies, has a confession.

“I hate kids,” he says as the gang within the Dr. Phillips Middle’s Walt Disney Theater roars.

Then he doubles down.

“I’m not even that keen on my very own.”

Allen, who earned a lot of his fame from such family-friendly fare as TV’s long-running “Residence Enchancment” sitcom and Disney’s “Santa Clause” franchise, introduced his standup present to downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Middle for the Performing Arts on Friday night time.

It actually wasn’t a present for the kiddies. However followers of Allen’s most up-to-date TV success, “Final Man Standing,” probably felt proper at residence as Allen’s views on life align with these of his “Final Man” position, Mike Baxter.

“Final Man Standing,” which led to Might after a TV run of almost 10 years, induced one thing of a brouhaha when pundits speculated ABC canceled the present in 2017 due to its conservative outlook (the present was later picked up by Fox, which aired its last seasons).

Allen’s standup act isn’t overtly political and solely a handful of instances did politicians even come up. After they did, he solely geared toward low-hanging fruit: a drained crack about President Joe Biden’s age, or an exhortation towards former President Donald Trump’s reckless tweets — which was humorous in that it was sudden given Allen’s help of him.

“Shut up and provides me the cellphone,” Allen pleaded.

Allen’s best and funniest political ire was saved for liberal California — the “Folks’s Republic of California” — he scathingly referred to as it, as the gang agreed with boos. His sly digs on the Golden State had been amongst his greatest materials — together with the most effective joke of the night time, which hit the trifecta of being stunning, intelligent sufficient that it took a second to sink in, and daring sufficient that it made you suppose twice about laughing.

I wouldn’t destroy his act by printing the joke right here — but additionally, like large chunks of the present, it wouldn’t be appropriate for a household newspaper.

Allen usually decries political correctness — generally with humorous outcomes, generally in a means that appears to pander to the precise. Saying he doesn’t know what to name individuals with dwarfism now that “midget” is unacceptable simply makes him look dumb; educate your self on why these fellow people dislike that time period and what they like (Little Folks or Folks of Quick Stature). It’s not arduous to be well mannered.

However generally his viewpoint hits a nerve — each comedian and with depth of thought behind it.

“Everyone is being made right into a child,” he says about the way in which kids are raised and the federal government treats grownup residents. And his examples have a comic book ring of fact. He ponders the which means of “truthful” with the identical mixture of humor and thought.

Now 68, Allen is on the age the place he comes throughout as a barely loopy uncle — enjoyable to be round, rambles a bit and after a second cocktail you’re undecided what’s going to return out of his mouth … but it surely’s prone to offend somebody.

Allen attracts freely — and with out holding again — on his personal life, together with his incarceration for drug trafficking (which, sadly, primarily yields a drained “don’t drop the cleaning soap within the bathe” kind joke). However his description of a childhood with seven brothers dominated by his mom, aunt and grandmother is each hilarious and terrifying.

Comic Lowell Sanders was the opener and warmed up the gang in model. Sanders has a knack for taking somewhat extraordinary comedian materials — the airways lose baggage, Victoria’s Secret is a girl’s not-so-secret weapon — and discovering one thing recent to do with it.

His greatest snort, although, got here on the high of his set — and relying in your viewpoint was both a hearty guffaw or a hole chuckle. As he took the stage, Sanders supplied a telling take a look at how the remainder of the nation views Florida in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying cheerfully, “It’s good to be in a state that don’t give a [expletive] about nothin’.”

The gang roared its approval.

Discover me on Twitter @matt_on_arts, fb.com/matthew.j.palm or electronic mail me at mpalm@orlandosentinel.com. Need extra theater and humanities information and opinions? Go to orlandosentinel.com/arts. For extra enjoyable issues, observe @enjoyable.issues.orlando on Instagram, Fb and Twitter.


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