A few minutes ago, somebody here happened to make some exaggerated grunting noise for some reason or another. After said noise, another person said, 'That sounded just like that tool guy, you know, from that old show?"
She meant, of course, Tim Allen – he of the trademarked but lame grunting noise – and his old show from the '90s, Home Improvement. But she couldn't remember the name of it. Thankfully though, a third person decided to help.
And after a two-minute brainstorm/discussion – in which help was enlisted from at least 2 other passersby – this was the conclusion:
"Oh, I know the show – it was This Old House."
"Yeah, that's the one."
"It had that guy in it... Tim something."
And then, as if a 3-minute conversation about a subpar, outdated '90s sitcom wasn't bad enough, this:
"I like Tim Allen, he's really funny. He's like Bill Murray."
Now let's just back the Comedy Caravan up just a second (see what I did there? Home Improvement watchers will get it). Tim freaking Allen is not like Bill Murray.
Sure, Allen has his charms – he sometimes funny, and I usually like him (and I still love The Santa Clause). But he's not Bill Murray. Bill Murray is a comedy legend, whereas Tim Allen is so well-thought of by most people that his show is – as evidenced by the previous conversation – often confused with a long-cancelled do-it-yourself show hosted by Bob Vila.
Bill Murray was in Caddyshack.
Tim Allen was in Who is Cletis Tout?
Tim Allen was in Wild Hogs.
Bill Murray was in Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Rest assured, Tim Allen is not Bill Murray.
Even if hopelessly unhip 50-sometimes think otherwise.