Why Tim Allen almost walked out of a performance of ‘The Book of Mormon’ musical

Duane Burleson, Associated Press

Comedian Tim Allen is seen on the sidelines before the first half of an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Allen will perform in Salt Lake City on Oct. 20 at the Eccles Theater

SALT LAKE CITY — Tim Allen said he nearly walked out of a performance of “The Book of Mormon” musical, but hopes Utahns won’t do the same to him Oct. 20 when he comes to the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City.

Ahead of his stand-up comedy performance, the actor and comedian spoke with the Deseret News sharing his thoughts on conservative TV characters in Hollywood. Allen also spoke about Mormons, his faith and his stand-up comedy career.

“I’ve got to throw this one out there,” Allen said. “I almost walked out of ‘The Book of Mormon’ musical. I found that horrible. I don’t think it was funny at all.”

Allen, who began performing stand-up in 1975, said he found the musical “troubling” and “mean-spirited” — that if any other faith had been presented the way Mormons were, the production would not have happened.

“And again, it shows a level of class,” Allen said. “I mean, there wasn’t any blowback from the Mormons.”

The comedian said he was a religious studies and philosophy major and has great respect for people of all faiths, including members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day…

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