Episode 129 – Workshop ‘Til You Drop

This week on the show…we’re talking Workshop ‘Til You Drop. Other topics include: The Disney/Wind Dancer lawsuit, The Joker’s scones, and the movie “Couples Retreat.”

The episode is available for download here.

 

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Episode 128 – Future Shock

This week on Home Impodcast…Adam and Jordan discuss THE WORST EPISODE OF HOME IMPROVEMENT THEY’VE COVERED TO DATE, entitled “Future Shock.” Topics discussed include: A burgeoning beef with Country Living, why the Home Improvement cast fails at acting old, and routines.

The episode is available for download here.

The Twilight Zone – Patreon Exclusive

Another month, another Patreon bonus episode preview! This time we chatted one of our favorite TV shows of all-time, The Twilight Zone. In the podcast, we talk about an episode featuring Home Improvement guest star alum Jack Elam called “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”

In our short preview, we rank some of our best and worst episodes of The Twilight Zone as a whole. You can listen here.

The full episode goes in-depth on Jack Elam’s performance, how scared of aliens we might be, and the time one of these actors showed up in Houghton Lake, Michigan. To get the full episode and bonus episodes each month, support us for $1 a month on Patreon. Thank you to all of you who already do. It means the world to us.

Soul Man – Patreon Exclusive

This February, our Patreon bonus episode was centered around the ’90s Dan Aykroyd sitcom Soul Man. In our hour-long commentary, we delve into ways to improve the show, cast performances, and whether or not Home Improvement fans should watch the 25 episode run.  Listen to a short preview of the bonus episode here.

To get the full episode along with several other bonus episodes including our Last Man Standing special, support us on Patreon.

Patreon Exclusive: Rush Hour

Friends and listeners,

This is an excerpt of our November patreon only episode on Rush Hour. Each month, we do bonus episodes on Home Improvement-adjacent projects…or like this one, just movies/shows we enjoy.  Previous episodes include: For Richer or Poorer and Last Man Standing.

For access to the full episode(s), pledge $5 a month to our patreon: https://www.patreon.com/homeimpodcast

Next month…we’re taking on Netflix’s A Christmas Prince. Wow!

Last Man Standing – A Patreon Exclusive

This an excerpt from our hour-long episode of the LMS (reboot?) episode that debuted last month. For access to the whole thing, pledge $5 a month to our Patreon.

Each month, we are doing Home Improvement-adjacent bonus episodes. In addition to these bonus episodes, those who donate will receive an exclusive sticker, access to bloopers, and a spot on our prestigious wall of fame.

The clip can be accessed here. To donate and hear the whole thing, click here.

Man of the House – Part 1

In this special episode of the podcast, Adam and Jordan take a break from Tim Allen and go all in on Jonathan Taylor Thomas in Man of the House. They discuss how the film treats PC culture of the ’90s, JTT’s sweet rollerblading skills, and Chevy Chase against the world. This is part one of a two-part episode, so stay tuned for the rest next week. Listen to part one here.

 

Episode 74 – The Great Race II and Season Three in Summation

This week on the show, Adam and Jordan bring season three to a close with The Great Race II. After their discussion, they get into their favorite/least favorite parts of the season. Assuredly…it should not be missed.

The episode is available for download here. It is also accessible via iTunes.

 

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Episode 72 – What You See Is What You Get

The guys are back this week, finally talking about an episode of Home Improvement. This week they cover What You See Is What You Get. Topics discussed include: what they did during the hiatus, Gameboy memories, and garage sale finds.

This week’s episode is sponsored by Crunch Time Cam. Crunch Time Cam is a children’s sports novel about teamwork, family, and friendship. It’s a must have for fans of Home Impodcast.

The episode is available for download here. It is also accessible via iTunes.

El Camino Christmas

This week, Adam and Jordan bring in the New Year with yet another Tim Allen Christmas movie, El Camino Christmas. In this brisk overview, they discuss what they liked and disliked about the Netflix original. Next week, they will be back to Home Improvement.

The episode is available for download here. It is also accessible via iTunes.

Jungle 2 Jungle – Part 1

This week on Home Impodcast, Adam and Jordan dive into a special Thanksgiving episode – Tim Allen’s film Jungle 2 Jungle. This episode was so massive, we couldn’t contain it in one episode. Catch Part 2 next week!

The episode is available for download here. It is also accessible via iTunes.

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Episode 69 – It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of Tims

On our 69th episode of the podcast, we talked It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of Tims. Topics include: the ironic sexuality of this particular episode, breakfast foods, and we announce the winner of our giveaway!

The episode is available for download here. It is also accessible via iTunes.

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Episode 64 – Reel Men

This week on the show, Adam and Jordan discuss Reel Men. They also talk Home Improvement on Hulu, family heirlooms, and Adam has some issues with the depiction of ice fishing in the episode.

Don’t forget about our ongoing giveaway! Leave us a review on iTunes and/or donate to the show and you could win an autographed copy of Tim Allen’s “Don’t Stand too Close to a Naked Man.” It’s autographed by us…not Tim.

The episode can be downloaded here. It is also accessible via iTunes.

Shout out to this episode’s sponsor That’s So 90’s Podcast. Make sure to check out the show!

Richard Karn On a Home Improvement Reboot, How Al Borland was Born, and His First Thoughts After the Show Ended

Richard Karn on Home Impodcast

In the biggest Home Impodcast to date, we sat down with a very special guest –  the man who played Al Borland, Richard Karn himself! Our interview spanned many topics, from Home Improvement to his favorite food. Below you will find a shortened and slightly paraphrased version of our interview. If you prefer to listen to the audio, you can do so here.

Home Impodcast: Let’s start with the beginning of Home Improvement. We’ve heard the story of how a traffic citation led to your being cast in the pilot. Is that true?

Richard Karn: It’s weird you never know where your opportunities are going to come from. Mine came from an 8-hour traffic school session here in West Hollywood. I was stuck next to this person who was an agent and we knew certain people in the business that we talked about when we were studiously paying attention. I knew the producers and when I found out about this opportunity, I gave them a call. Best phone call I’ve ever made.

It says here that you were managing an apartment complex at the time. Is that something you continued to do as you took on the role?

That’s one of those jobs that you have as a young actor. You know you’re a waiter, a bartender, an apartment manager. Our first apartment in LA was another actor and his company was opening up another building down the street and asked if we were interested. We said, “Free rent? Sure!” And it was a great job. I held on to it for a little bit as we started the Home Improvement run, but it became clear pretty quickly that it would be something that would get in the way.

Let’s talk about the evolution of Al. What are some of the influences of Al? What kind of imprint could you put on Al?

The pilot and the first few episodes were not written for what Al became as it was written for a different actor. But you know the audience kind of knew who Tim and I were before we did. We would say a line that we didn’t think was particularly funny, but they would laugh with a kind of inside knowledge of who these people are.

About 3 or 4 episodes in, the writers wrote this innocuous line, “I don’t think so, Tim.” This line took on a life of its own and crystalized who these two characters were for the writers. I didn’t put any spin on it or anything, but I took my time which got a laugh and then said, “I don’t think so, Tim,” which also got a laugh.

That’s really interesting that such an iconic line came by accident. In terms of the character Al, what were you drawing on? I read that your father was a contractor, did that influence you?

I had done a lot of theatre at that point. I had been in New York for 11 years and did theatre in school before that. I was playing the role as written, but it wasn’t a play anymore. Things change over weeks and things aren’t written in stone anymore.

I was really wanting to help Tim. He’s not a vulnerable guy, but he’s a stand up who wasn’t sure if his acting prowess would stand up to Pat who played Jill. I was really there to help him along and motivate him whether he knew that or not. I was just damn glad to be there.

Let’s talk more about seasons 1 and 2. Do you have any particular memories that stick out from early on?

I remember one of the first times that Tim and Al were outside of Tool Time. They brought on a new writer, Roz. Tim and Al were in a department store looking for clothes for his wife. That bit where I pulled out my measuring device and measured a dress like I knew what I was doing. That really made me laugh.

When did you know that the show had captured something special?

I don’t know if I knew what that meant. However, when we were filming the pilot I knew this was good and funny. The audiences were responding quickly. When it was edited all together it I went, “Wow this is going to be a really great show. I’m not going to be in it, but I’m glad I was in it.” When the pilot aired, I was got a called from my dad who was getting calls from friends who watched it. He said, “Ya know, I gotta tell ya. You look like you really know what you are doing.”

The show ended over 15 years ago, but it was apparent that you had a great relationship with the cast. Are you still in touch?

Yeah, we are, but it’s very different. It’s like the friends you had from high school and then you see them once in a while during or after college. Everyone has their own lives, but you meet up every once in a while and have a drink.

Tim and I played golf last Monday for the Screen Actors Guild charity event. I always laugh hard when I am with him. It’s cathartic. It’s really fun. We had a little Home Improvement gathering last Saturday night. The boys were there with their parents. Tim and Pat couldn’t make it. Earl, of course. Debbie is doing a show about dude ranches.

Who is the better golfer, you or Tim?

Definitely, I am.

No need to pause, huh?

He has heart though. He wants to get better. He wants to beat his wife.

In terms of after the show ended, any props from the show that you took with you?

Tim was the king of that. He has the whole Tool Time set at his offices. He has the biggest prop ever from that show.

After the 1st season, I go back to get my tool belt and it’s gone. In its place is a new fabric tool belt empty. They told me to fill it back up again. I took pains to fill it up with the right tools and to rough it up in the right places. Then I find out that Disney took the tool belt down to Disney World to display it in their museum. But I still have the second tool belt with me in my office.

This question is a little bit different, but we your input on it. How much credit do you take for the recent rise in the sex appeal of flannel and beards? Is it 100%?

You know what’s funny? When they started the show, I’m from Seattle. Everybody just figured I’m the nucleus of the grunge look because that’s also the grunge look. Valerie who did costuming for us would get flannel or plaid shirts from Ralph Lauren that didn’t fit me because I’m not a model. She would also get some from Sears. These shirts that were $110 in the early ‘90s, but I said just go get the $35 ones. They actually look better on camera.

The beard was something I had at that point. As a young actor, you don’t think a beard was going to be that commercial. You had to be open to different looks. I had just done a Shakespeare play and the producers liked the beard. Part of them calling me back to fill in was maybe based on that because it was a look that Norm Abrams had and those guys on public television. Hence Al Borland was born.

The first time early on where they did that great bit where we are changing out of our Tool Time outfits and I’m changing into the exact same shirt that I pull out of my locker was a great sight gag.

Well, it sounds like you take about 100% of it. That was a long way of saying it, “I caused all of that.”

Recently you appeared on the season finale of the Detroiters, playing yourself. A very funny show. How did that transpire?

They called up and said, “We want you to play you.” And I go, “Oh wow.” That’s so weird. I’m now of the status of playing me. I don’t know how to feel about that, but they wrote a song because I am playing a host of a Detroit advertising award show. So there is a song and a whole bunch of stuff that is going to go on.

We are recording the scene and there are 200 extras there and they are yelling out, “We love you!” and, “I just started acting, can you give me any advice?” When you see the final product, you see some quick cuts. It was fun and hysterical.

Switching gears a bit. We’re curious how the rise of social media has affected your relationship with fans.

I am not as social media savvy as some people. Some people hire people to do social media for them, but I felt that was a bit weird. So I throw stuff out every once in a while, but I’m not as prolific at it. But the fans seem to love Home Improvement. But when you see some of these lists that are the best show so the ‘90s, sometimes Home Improvement isn’t even on that. How can that be? Maybe it’s I’m just too close to it.

That is a common thing. For our money though, one of the most popular shows of the decade.

It holds up. It holds up for families to watch with their kids. Something they can feel comfortable doing.

I think you are selling yourself short on the social media thing. You are retweeting, you’re liking things, and you got a hold of us. You’ve got some knowledge.

I have a particular set of skill.

We solicited some questions from our audience in preparation for this. Emma on Twitter asks if you miss flannel or wear it much anymore?

It’s hard to wear flannel in Southern California, but if I’m in Calgary of something I will wear some flannel. It’s hard though. It’s like a beacon. If I’m in flannel it’s like flashing lights as I walk down the street. I have shirts, but they are not my go-to shirts.

Speed round time. You up for it?

This is where you really get into my psyche huh?

That’s right. What’s your favorite season of Home Improvement?

First season.

This one comes from Sarah from Twitter. She wants to know your favorite episode.

There are so many different things that I really enjoyed. Just for the sheer differentness of it was when we went up to Traverse City in the last season.

Oh man. I’m so glad you said that. I was there! I was staying in the same hotel the cast was staying at. I was 7 then, but I saw Zachery Ty Bryan and JTT. My sister says we saw you. I think it was a Holiday Inn?

Do you want to know the secret of why we ended up in Traverse City?

Yes!

This was actually when Tim quit drinking. He had got a DUI and part of his community service was bringing the show to Michigan.

That’s not on any of the IMDb pages! Next one, what’s your favorite Al moment?

I think it was when Tim invites me over to play poker. I ask him if there is a theme and I come as a cowboy in a 10-gallon hat. We stood at the door as we were doing the scene and I keep raising my head and hitting the light. Every time I did that Tim cracked up. He just couldn’t stop laughing.

What’s the first thing you thought after the show wrapped?

Oh man, I am going to miss this. You know you are going to miss it, but the reality of it is that there is a comfort to knowing that this amount of time is set aside to do this. You are with people and you are laughing. So that was my first thought. I am going to miss this.

Another fan question from Twitter. This one is from @kigtweets. What is the weirdest interaction, compliment, or gift that you have got from a fan?

Let’s see. There was a wonderful moment when we went to Australia. We were huge in Australia. I went to one of the grand championships there. There were these huge guys who saw me. And they come running over. They have bodyguards for me. I don’t know why. People don’t really bother me. They lift me on their shoulder and start running away to take me away to a party. My bodyguards are just laughing and my wife is behind me hitting them yelling, “Get them! They’re taking him away!”

There was this time in Washington D.C. We were going to the Air and Space Museum. There are 5000 buses of high school kids. If one sees you, they all see you. This moment happened and we are running down the hall. I am ushered into this room so they can put a hat and glasses on me so we can continue our tour. That was fun. I felt like a Beatle.

What’s your favorite food?

Copper River Salmon.

Favorite movie?

There are the classics like Godfather. So brilliant. Not as known – Three Days of the Condor. I love that. Citizen Kane.  

Favorite place to visit or vacation?

Italy. You can’t find a bad meal. It’s incredible.

I’m getting hungry. Favorite non-Al role?

The character in The Foreigner was one of my favorite roles. I tried to get that play made into the movie and I found out the Disney owned the rights. I asked them to do this movie and they said we forgot about this. They had it for like 10 years.

The next week Tim comes to me and he told them that Richard should do this. Apparently, Disney didn’t want me to do this.

What’s the hardest you’ve ever laughed in your life?

It had to be of been one day at rehearsal. One day I couldn’t recover and my stomach hurt.

In 5 years when they make the Richard Karn autobiographical film, who will play you?

My son. When I saw him on stage a couple of times, I would see physical things that I kind of knew I did. I said Wow. That’s my move.

Did you watch Home Improvement as you were on the show?

Yeah, we tuned in, but I haven’t watched it since then. Someday I will have to sit down and have the memories wash over me.

Favorite guest star to work with? Lots of good cameos!

Well the K&B boys. The first time they were on Mickey Jones brought his guitar. He was singing and talking so much he lost his voice. If you go back and watch the show, he can barely talk. Casey Sander and I went to junior high together.

1999 the show ended. It’s been a while. What is Al up to?

I think he has kids. He is doing remodeling for friends and family and word of mouth. He’s building decks and remodeling kitchens. Maybe even trying to get another little how to show up.

Last speed round question. What’s the biggest difference between you and Al?

I think his innocence. That really helps in telling stories. Somebody has to learn for the story to have a moral.

Two more quick questions. Any upcoming projects you’d like to plug?

Things just kind of happen to me and I don’t have anything specific right now. There is some theater offered in the future. I don’t know if I will do that. In the last 5 years, I’ve done about 5 plays across the country. This one guy wanted me to do a show for him where we remodel celebrity bathrooms. I thought that might be funny.

Last official question. You tweeted there were a reunion and talk of a reboot. Is there a reboot planned?

There isn’t one planned especially. Wind Dancer and Disney are still haggling over some things. There is a lawsuit still going that they haven’t resolved after 25 years. Once that is done maybe they can start putting their heads together and doing that.

Do you think everyone would be game for that?

I think most people would. Yes.


And that’s the end of the interview we had with Richard Karn. Not everything from the audio version was included here so make sure to check out the full audio conversation here.

Home Improvement star Richard Karn (Al Borland) Home Impodcast interview picture

Richard Karn Interview

This week on Home Impodcast: Adam and Jordan interview RICHARD KARN! Topics discussed include: the origins of the Al character, if Richard caused the lumber-sexual movement, and a possible Home Improvement reboot. If ever there was an episode to listen to…this is it.

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Episode 37 – Bell Bottom Blues

After a week away, Adam and Jordan return with the ever-trippy, Bell Bottom Blues. Topics discussed include: Box city, belt collections, and whether or not Patricia Richardson knows she’s on a TV show.

We apologize for the lackluster sound quality this week. We are doing everything we can to improve it.

The episode is available for download here. It is also accessible via iTunes.

The Santa Clause

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, and Adam and Jordan discussing the Tim Allen holiday hit, “The Santa Clause.” What more could you ask for?

In this elongated ep, the boys talk about the timeless nature of the film, ask some logistical questions, and discuss what they want for Christmas.

If you’re wondering what to get us for the holiday…our pledge drive is still accepting donations and you can always rate and review us on iTunes.

The episode can be downloaded here. It is also available on iTunes.

Episode 26 – Rites and Wrongs of Passage

Technically speaking, with this episode we encountered some technical difficulties. Nevertheless, episode 26 on “Rites and Wrongs of Passage” is here and we still think you’ll like it. When we’re not talking Tim–we’re getting heavy with topics related to: the Pontiac Silverdome, folder preferences, adolescent punishments, and MONSTER TRUCKS!

The episode is available for download here. It can also be accessed via iTunes.

Episode 25 – Read My Hips

For the first episode of the second season, dem’ boys cover “Read My Hips.” They also introduce their new theme song, talk about Jordan’s birthday, and perform a visual analysis on the show’s new opening sequence. This week’s show is sponsored by Stacy Castle. If you want to be dope like Stacy then click here!

The episode can be downloaded here. It is also available on iTunes.

Episode 24 – Stereo-typical

This week’s episode covers the finale of the first season. In addition to their analysis on “Stereo-typical,” the boys talk about a scholarly Tim Allen blog post, songs that make them cry, the bizarre concept of time on Home Improvement, and a duck statue that Jordan dresses up like Sherlock Holmes.

The fellas also introduce their pledge drive and talk about ways to donate to the show. They have goals and are offering rewards to those who give. Additional information can be found on the web page. 

The episode can be downloaded here. It is also available via iTunes.

Episode 11 – Look Who’s Not Talking

On our eleventh episode, we do our own public speaking while Jill struggles with it, mightily, in “Look Who’s Not Talking.” Also, Tim and Mark dress as women and laughs ensue! Topics include: a poorly written article on teenage hunks, fathers, milkshakes, and Jordan’s insecurities.

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The episode can be downloaded here. It is also available via iTunes.

Episode 10 – Reach Out and Teach Someone

On their “Aluminum Episode” of the podcast, Adam and Jordan look at episode ten of the series, “Reach Out and Touch Someone.” In their discussion, they talk about an unlikeable Tim, sewing your own pants, and struggles in academia. They also may or may not give themselves a hearty congratulations on reaching the 10 episode mark. 192 to go!

The episode is available for download here. It can also be found on iTunes.

 

 

 

Episode 7 – Nothing More Than Feelings

Hump day is upon us, which can only mean one thing– a new edition of Home Impodcast. On this week’s show, Adam and Jordan talk “Nothing More Than Feelings,” the seventh episode of the production run. Perhaps the most humorous 22 minutes the series has boasted thus far… or perhaps not.

The two also discuss celebrity circus shows, crying during sporting events, and what pieces of literature they’ve read of late. Entertainment Weekly has called “Nothing More Than Feelings” one of their best episodes to date.

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