It started with Allen's infamous "men are pigs" routine and the immortal jokes it engendered:
"Men are pigs. Too bad we own everything," goes the most famous one. As for women, well they generally were compared to inanimate, if hellaciously expensive, wheeled machines: "Women are like cars: We all want a Ferrari, sometimes want a pickup truck, and end up with a station wagon."
Allen, who turned 60 this month, says he's grown over the years. It's safe to assume he's no longer a full-blooded oinker.
"I don't sweat the small stuff so much," he says of his growing mellowness. "I really have watched and monitored my behavior.
Allen says he's become sensitive to a certain kind of loutish behavior that once defined him.
"I don't offer my opinions so much," he says on the phone from Los Angeles. "I notice that men I admire seem to stay quiet a lot of the time, while other people just volunteer their opinions."
Could it be that the power-tool-wielding Home Improvement star has matured?
"I'm much more patient with myself," he says, "and more respectful of other people."
Allen says he's in a happy place: His latest ABC sitcom, Last Man Standing, has been renewed for a third season. And he's taking pleasure working the stand-up tour circuit, especially in Las Vegas, where he regularly headlines at the Venetian Showroom.
His new stand-up act took some time to hone. "It took 18 months of hard work in small clubs," he says.
"And I'm trying to be a good dad," says the comic, who has a four-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, with his wife, actor Jane Hajduk, 46. Allen also has a 24-year-old daughter, Katherine, with his first wife, Laura Diebel.
"It's a real trip," he says of the girls' age difference. "One's just starting to get into her own life," he said, "while the other just came into life."
Listen to Allen talk about his family and you realize this is no caveman.
But he's still preoccupied with the question of what it means to be a guy in today's world.
"If you love women like me . . . and you want to support women to help themselves actualize who they are," Allen says, "then you'll get really mad when you hear about men who rule over women and don't support them."
Tim Allen a feminist? Not quite.
He's not happy with what he considers the feminist party line - that wars and global strife wouldn't exist if women were in charge. "Men didn't cause all the problems," says Allen. "The majority of men do what they're told so they can support their families."
There's yet a worse problem that plagues men, Allen says. A curse we cannot seem to undo.
"The worst thing is we don't understand [women] very much."
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