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Funnyman Tim Allen: Serious About God

Craig Barritt/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- Sitcom star Tim Allen became famous for his oaf-like antics and handyman hobbies, but some of the comedian’s real-life interests don’t just stop at his garage door. He is fascinated with religion and has a long history with Christianity, something he hints at while joking about his childhood sweet tooth in his stand-up act.

“I like Pixie Sticks. Yeah, screw the middle man. Just a tube of sugar…I’d pour two of those in a big 12 ounce coke. And I’d go out to catechism class and try to concentrate on the priest,” he recently told a Las Vegas audience. “I saw Jesus several times. I swear I did.”

Allen’s father died when he was hit by a drunk driver when Allen was just 11. The comedian says that after that, he questioned whether if he had prayed harder or had been with his father that fatal day, he could have prevented his death.

“For years, I just did not like this idea of God, church,” he said. “(I was) still a churchgoer, but constantly a cynic.”

But the cynicism didn’t last. Today, he calls God, “The Builder.”

“I always do ask…The Builder, what did you want me to do?” Allen said. “And I do ask it.  But you got to be prepared for the answer.”

Allen, who has done work with several charities, jokes he’s always afraid the answer will be, “I want you to handle lepers 24/7.”

His own experiences — from his father’s death to a two-year jail stint on a drug conviction to  his sitcom stardom — help inform his faith.

“Whoever built me, this is too much, too weird that it happened by accident,” he said. “It didn’t happen by accident.”

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Tim Allen Sticks with Familiar Premise for New ABC Show 

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- Tim Allen is back on ABC this fall with a new comedy.

The former Home Improvement star leads the cast of Last Man Standing, playing a marketing director at an outdoor sporting goods store who's married with three daughters.

If you think that premise sounds very similar to that of Home Improvement, in which his character was a host of a TV home improvement show and a married father of three boys, it's not a coincidence.

Allen says there's no reason to change a formula that's been successful for him, telling reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills, "I thought it would be kind of fun literally to flip-flop the two shows. It isn't rocket science what I'm doing. Instead of tools, it's sporting goods and guns and ATVs and boats. And come home to have four women."

After Home Improvement ended its run in 1999, Allen says, he received many offers to star in other shows, but they were too different from his successful sitcom. He says that he even auditioned for a role in one show but rejected it, and the producers cast a woman for the part instead.  Allen wouldn't name the show, but says it's on the air now.

Allen's Last Man Standing debuts on ABC October 11.

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