Frank Caliendo has a gift, and it cannot be duplicated. Other comedians have tried and some have succeeded, especially during their stand-up shows, on podcasts, or at comedy clubs, but nobody does impressions like Caliendo. From politicians to sports figures, the list is as long as it is amazing.
For the past 20 years, Caliendo’s high energy act solidified himself as the greatest living impressionist. He had successful runs on MADtv, Fox NFL Sunday, Comedy Central Presents, and Frank TV. He’s been featured on the nation’s premiere radio and television talk shows, too, including The View, Conan O’Brien, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
His entire life has been about comedy, including releasing six solo CDs, and there’s no sign of him slowing down anytime soon.
Frank Caliendo’s Jerry Jones Impression
Impressionist Frank Caliendo knows how to push buttons, especially when it comes to sports stars. He first hit it big with his impersonation of John Madden on The Late Show with David Letterman and his career hasn’t been the same since.
Caliendo has done impressions of broadcasters John Madden, Jon Gruden, Charles Barkley, Mel Kiper, Adam Schefter, and Stephen A. Smith. All were performed to perfection. There’s a new one to add to the list: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
During the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, the veteran of television sketch comedy delivered a hilarious public service announcement as Jones.
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot in the shower. I have been. I have been. With all that’s been going on in the world, some things need to change. They do. They do. For example, the five-second rule. Six months ago, if I had dropped a slice of pizza on the floor, I would have picked it up, if it were under five seconds, dusted it off and eaten it. Or given it to somebody else to eat. But as of right now, I would not eat that pizza, and neither should you.”Advertisement
What other voices has Frank Caliendo done? Let’s take a look at some of his best work from live shows, pregame shows, interviews with talk show hosts, and other comedy specials.
Frank Caliendo’s Best Impressions
Morgan Freeman’s voice is as iconic as his acting career. So when Caliendo went on ESPN’s Mike & Mike to read LeBron James’ “I’m Coming Home” letter as Freeman, it became an instant classic.
President George W. Bush
Caliendo is amazing at what he does, but one of his best ever was impersonating President George W. Bush. It helped launched his career into a different stratosphere, too. Caliendo has also done impressions of President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. However, none of have been as well-received as his famous Bush impersonation.
Back when Frank TV was on TBS, Caliendo went on Inside The NBA as “The Round Mound of Rebound” and absolutely crushed it.
This is legendary stuff. This will never get old. It’s the Super Bowl of impressions.
Impersonating talk show hosts Dr. Phil and others is far from easy. Yet, Caliendo made this look like a walk in the park.
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro
If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to get ice cream with actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, the comedian came up with the perfect sketch to describe it.
The voice. The vocabulary. The look. It’s sensational.
It doesn’t get much better than this. It’s so, so good. His combination of Robin Williams voices are spot on.
Stephen A. Smith
Nobody can roast Stephen A. Smith like Caliendo. That’s not up for debate.
If politicians George W. Bush and Bill Clinton weren’t off limits, why would anyone think Caliendo wouldn’t try going after The Tonight Show host in hilarious fashion?
Across the United States, from New York to Las Vegas and everywhere in between, Frank Caliendo always delivers.
This post was originally published on April 13, 2020.