Years after ‘Home Improvement’ went off the air, it seems that people still love ‘Al Borland.’
Sure, Richard Karn (Al) did a stint as host of ‘Family Feud’ for three seasons, but nothing could make us forget his turn as the lovable, bearded Al Borland, who wasn’t complete without his flannel shirt and a tool belt.
This weekend, Scottsdale, AZ is in for a treat as Karn will be hosting a charity dinner and golf tournament on Sunday, January 24th. According to AZCentral, the event will benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
The dinner and auction will be held at the Carefree Resort & Villas’ Opera House on Sunday, with the golf tournament to follow on Monday at Troon North. Karn will be joined by more than 30 celebrities who have already registered to play in the tournament.
In honor of this event, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of the classic Al Borland moments courtesy of IMDB. Enjoy!
[Tim tries to conduct Tool Time without jokes, after Randy calls him a clown]
Al: Oh, I see. That wasn’t in the plans either. While this buzzer sends thousands of volts coursing through my body while he stands back and says, “Remember the AL-amo”. Then comes the uncalled for slams against my mother. How she shops in the *husky* section. How she cleared out the all-you-can-eat buffet. Just go ahead say it…
Al: …my mother is a big fat cow.
Tim: [after pause] Goodness gracious, Al.
Al: I think one of these days, you’re going to run out of flannel jokes.
Tim: I don’t think so, Al. Not with my “Complete Flannel Joke Book”.
[Tim pulls out a heavy dictionary-sized hardcover book labeled “The Complete Flannel Joke Book” from behind a prop and opens it]
Tim: “Why did the flannel cross the road? ‘Cause Al was over there!” “Oh waiter, there’s a fly in my flannel!” “Please… take my flannel!”
[Al snatches the book from Tim]
Tim: Then there’s your handy wallet-sized version!
[Tim pulls a tiny hardcover book of the same color out of his pocket]
Tim: “How do you keep an idiot wearing flannel in suspense?”
[Al snatches the second book]
Tim: See you tomorrow!
Tim: We’re going to introduce a new color today: the color Al.
Al: I don’t want to be a color, Tim.
Tim: Neither did red and look how well he turned out.
Tim: I’m no more valuable than Al.
Al: I agree.
Tim: On the job site, there’s no difference between Al’s tools and my tools.
Al: Actually, Tim, there is: at the end of the job…
[Tries to switch on Tim’s souped-up power sander]
Al: …my tools still work.
Al: I saw Mark in his costume. I always wanted to be the letter N.
Tim: That’s impossible, Al. The song specifically says No Al.
[singing to the tune of Noel]
Tim: No Al, No Al, No Al, No Al.
Al: I take my work seriously and all you do is crack jokes.
Tim: Crack jokes? Well the way you bend over like that…
Al: See? Now that’s what I’m talking about.
Al: [in a soundproof booth that isn’t really soundproof] Tim, can you hear me?
[Tim shakes his head]
Al: You can’t hear me? In that case, I should be the host of this show. And another thing, that’s a stupid haircut you have! And another thing,
Al: I am the very model of a modern major general / I’ve information vegetable, animal and mineral / I know the kings of England and I quote the facts historical / From Marathon to Waterloo and other allegorical.
Tim: Can you hear me?
Al: I can hear YOU.
Tim: Think about that.
Tim: Major General Borland
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