Frank Caliendo is so good at impressions you might think the supernatural was involved. He was in a medically-unexplained coma for a year. He mysteriously disappeared in the woods for a month. Or he received a violent rap on the head. Whatever it was he suddenly emerged from the enigmatic trauma with the uncanny ability to talk like any famous person. That’s not what happened. A little time recuperating from back surgery helped, but Caliendo was just born with the gift of being able to mimic literally hundreds of celebrities. Caliendo’s hilarious impersonations include Charles Barkley, John Madden, Dr. Phil, William Shatner, Andy Rooney, Donald Trump, Robin Williams, and George W. Bush.
Now, saying Caliendo is an impressionist doesn’t mean he repeats a few catchphrases in a manner that’s vaguely reminiscent of some recognized personage. When Caliendo does an impression he sounds exactly like his target. If you have Frank Caliendo tickets, just close your eyes during one of his impressions and you’ll swear you’re listening to real thing. There is a limit to Caliendo’s incredible talent. He can’t do actor Joe Pesci. That’s odd since Pesci has one of the most recognizable voices in all of Hollywood. Also, Caliendo can’t impersonate women. As he explains: “That doesn't really work and I can't really say why. Maybe I can't get the pitch right.”
Frank Caliendo was born on Jan. 19, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois. He started doing stand-up while he was attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Soon, he was a staple on the college comedy circuit. Over the years, Caliendo has appeared on a number of television shows including the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, and The Best Damn Sports Show Period. In 2001, Caliendo officially joined the cast of MADtv. While on the show, Caliendo took over the duties of impersonating President George W. Bush. From 2003 to 2012, Caliendo appeared on Fox NFL Sunday doing his many football-related impressions, predicting games, and poking fun at Terry Bradshaw.
Caliendo had his own show, Frank TV, on TBS from 2007 to 2008 (it ran two seasons for a total of 15 episodes). During the run, Caliendo impersonated his usual stable of celebrities as well as the cast of Seinfeld, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro. The show was heavily promoted during the 2007 MLB playoffs but never really caught on as the writing wasn’t on the same level as Caliendo’s amazing impersonations.