Frank Caliendo



Frank Caliendo (born January 19, 1974) is an American comedian best known for his impersonations on the FOX Network television series MADtv, and since 2003 has been the in-house prognosticator for FOX NFL Sunday.

Frank Caliendo was born on January 19, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois. Caliendo was raised in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb. He attended Waukesha South High School and after that, he majored in broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After college, Caliendo began performing stand-up comedy, taking a job as a M.C at a local comedy club. Within a year he was headlining. He made his network series debut on the sketch comedy series Hype.

Caliendo found his niche performing on the college comedy circuit. Over the past few years, he has performed at over 300 universities and was nominated for College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities. Caliendo has performed stand-up on such series as cable's Premium Blend, The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The View, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His signature 'John Madden' impression is frequently seen on FOX NFL Sunday, The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Mohr Sports. Caliendo has also appeared on Comedy Central (Comedy Central Presents), as well as the Opie and Anthony, The John Boy and Billy Big Show, and Elliot In the Morning radio shows.

In the summer of 2005, Caliendo completed yet another successful national stand-up comedy tour, performing to sell-out crowds in cities across the country. Off the small screen, he has crafted a significant national radio presence on shows across the country where his special brand of humor reaches millions of listeners.

Caliendo officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2001 as a repertory performer, for the seventh season. As of February 2006, Caliendo is still a member of the current cast. During his tenure, he has become well regarded as one of the most talented impersonators in comedy today, and as MADtv's equivalent to Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond. He also did almost the whole cast of Seinfeld in an anti-drug episode. In 2002, Caliendo replaced Will Sasso as the impersonator of George W. Bush, but would also impress with recurring impressions of Al Michaels, Al Pacino, Andy Rooney, Deborah Rowe, Donald Trump, Jack Nicholson, Jay Leno, *NSYNC's Joey Fatone, John Madden, Kelsey Grammer, Janeane Garofalo, Jim Rome, Kimberly Walther, Marv Albert, Norm MacDonald, Pat O'Brien, Richard Dreyfuss, Robin Williams, Rod Roddy, Ted Koppel, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brokaw, Tommy Lee Jones, and William Shatner.

He is also known to breakdance occasionally. He is a self-taught dancer.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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