Before the do-it-yourself craze hit America, there was Tim Allen, also known as Tim “The Tool Man” on the hit TV show “Home Improvement.” Allen brings his stand-up comedy to the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez on Sept. 29. Tickets are $65 to $85.
After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications, Allen took a job as a creative director for a small advertising firm in Detroit. One night in 1979, on a dare from a friend, Allen made his first stand-up appearance at Detroit’s Comedy Castle, a place he considers his “comedy birthplace.”
While still in Detroit, he appeared in local television commercials and on cable comedy shows such as Gary Thison’s “Some Semblance of Sanity.”
Allen moved to Los Angeles and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. Later, he landed stand-up appearances on late-night TV talk shows.
In 1991, Allen mainstreamed with his role as Tim “The Tool-Man” Taylor on ABC’s sitcom “Home Improvement.” By the time the show ended in 1999, Allen was earning $1.25 million per episode.
In 1994, he simultaneously starred in Disney’s “The Santa Clause,” the fourth highest-grossing film of the year. Allen also topped The New York Times best-seller list with his book, “Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man.” The following year, Allen provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/Pixar blockbuster “Toy Story.”
Over the past 25 years, Allen has won numerous accolades, including People’s Choice Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, MTV Movie Awards and TV Guide Awards.
Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club, Indulge or online at www.chumashcasino.com.