Frank Caliendo

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Frank Caliendo
Frank Caliendo Jan 2019.jpg
Caliendo in 2019
Birth nameFrank Caliendo
Born (1974-01-19) January 19, 1974 (age 45)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumStand-up comedy, television, burlesque
Years active2000-present
GenresObservational comedy
Subject(s)Impersonations, popular culture
SpouseMichele Vitale (2003–present)
ChildrenJoe, Juliet
Notable works and rolesFrank TV
Fox NFL Sunday

Frank Caliendo (born January 19, 1974) is an American comedian and impressionist, best known for his Jon Gruden impersonation on the Fox Network television series MADtv, and as the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday. Furthermore, he was an addition to the Pardon My Take Podcast broadcast by genius at Barstool Sports in 2019. In 2007 and 2008, he performed his impersonations on his own show, Frank TV, which aired on TBS. He is known for his impressions and for his frequent appearances on The Bob & Tom Show. He has released six solo CDs. From 2009 to 2011 he had a show at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Early life and education[edit]

Caliendo was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 19, 1974, and grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he attended Waukesha South High School. He is of Italian ancestry.[1] Before graduating from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Caliendo began performing stand-up comedy at local night clubs and comedy clubs, eventually taking a job as a master of ceremonies at a local comedy club. Within a few years, he was active on the college circuit. Between 2000 and 2001, Caliendo made his television debut on sketch comedy series Hype, later gaining exposure on the comedy series MADtv.


Caliendo has performed stand-up on Premium Blend, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The View, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties in 2004.

His John Madden impression has appeared on Fox NFL Sunday, The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Mohr Sports. Caliendo has also appeared on Comedy Central's Comedy Central Presents, as well as the radio shows The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show, Randy Baumann and the DVE Morning Show, The Dan Le Batard Show, The Dan Patrick Show, The Junkies, Bob & Sheri, The Bob & Tom Show, Mike and Mike in the Morning, Opie and Anthony, The Don and Mike Show, Rise Guys, Bubba the Love Sponge, The John Boy and Billy Big Show, The Howard Stern Show, Mike and the Mad Dog, Elliot in the Morning, The Sports Inferno, The Rick and Bubba Show, The Roe Conn Show, Pardon My Take, The 105.7 WAPL Rick and Len Show, Preston and Steve, Bob and Brian, The Glenn Beck Program, Holmberg's Morning Sickness on 98 KUPD in Phoenix, and Lamont & Tonelli on 107.7 The Bone in San Francisco. From 2001 to 2004, he also made appearances on the KQ Morning Show's annual "Live from Las Vegas" simulcast, appearing on the panel throughout the show and reprising a few bits from his stand up act.

Fox NFL Sunday[edit]

On November 5, 2000, Caliendo appeared on Fox NFL Sunday. He returned again the same season on January 7 during the playoffs.

In 2001 and 2002, Caliendo returned as a semi-regular guest on Fox NFL Sunday.

In 2003, Caliendo joined Fox NFL Sunday as a regular castmember, giving his predictions for the day's NFL games.

On August 2, 2012, Caliendo announced he would not be on Fox NFL Sunday for the 2012 season,[2] and was replaced by Rob Riggle.[3]


Caliendo officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2001 as a repertory performer, for the seventh season. In 2002, Caliendo replaced Will Sasso as the impersonator of George W. Bush. Caliendo also did the announcing for the best of scenes on the MADtv season 1 DVD.

In August 2006, Caliendo announced he would not return to MADtv for its 2006–2007 season.

The Comebacks[edit]

Caliendo appeared in the 2007 film The Comebacks as "Chip Imitation" who impersonates John Madden and Al Michaels in the championship game.

Radio-Television Correspondents Dinner[edit]

Caliendo's impression of President George W. Bush earned him an invitation to perform during the 2006 annual Radio-Television Correspondents Dinner.

Frank TV[edit]

Caliendo starred on Frank TV, his own sketch show on the TBS that began airing in November 2007. Caliendo was its host and performed in sketches impersonating various celebrities.

In early 2008, TBS announced that they ordered eight more episodes, which ran later that year.[4] The show ended after the fifteenth episode, which aired on December 23, 2008.

The Comedy Festival Presents: Funniest Movies of the Year 2008[edit]

During The Comedy Festival Caliendo hosted a special called The Comedy Festival Presents: Funniest Movies of the Year 2008 where, from Caesars Palace, Caliendo introduced the top ten list for funniest films of 2008 based on an Internet poll.

Podcast Appearances: 2019[edit]

Caliendo is a recurring guest on the popular podcast, Pardon My Take, from Barstool Sports.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Hype Himself/Various
2001 Late Friday Himself
2001–2006 MADtv Himself/Various 117 Episodes
2003–2012 Fox NFL Sunday Himself/Various
2004 Comedy Central Presents Himself
2004 National Lampoon Live: New Faces - Volumes 1 & 2 Himself/Host
2004 Wisconsin Born & Bred: The Entertainers Himself
2005 Mind of Mencia George W. Bush Voice only
2007 Frank Caliendo: All Over the Place Himself
2007 The 2007 White House Correspondents Dinner Himself
2007 The Comebacks Chip Imitation
2007–2008 Frank TV Host/Various
2008 The Comedy Festival Presents: Funniest Movies of the Year 2008 Himself/Host
2011 Hot in Cleveland Kenny Season 2; episode 13: "Unseparated at Birth"
2014 Sullivan and Son Ralph Season 3; episode 6: "Lyle and Son"
2014 The Birthday Boys Himself Season 1, episode 4: "Rock and Roll"
2014 Gravity Falls Sergei Season 2; episode 3: "The Golf War" (voice only)


  • Make the Voices Stop (2002)
  • Frank on the Radio (2003)
  • Frank on the Radio 2, Volume 1 (2007)
  • Frank on the Radio 2, Volume 2 (2007)
  • All Over the Place (2008)
  • National Lampoon Live: Unleashed (2009)


  1. ^ Thompson, Kevin D. (October 30, 2008). "TV Talk Q&A: Master Impressionist Frank Caliendo". Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Caliendo, Frank. "To all my fans who've ben asking-I wont be back atFOX this season.I love those guys,but its time 4 my next venture". Twitter. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Rob Riggle set to replace Frank Caliendo on Fox NFL pregame". USA Today. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  4. ^ TBS Orders Eight More Episodes of Hit Late-Night Sketch Comedy Frank TV, Starring Frank Caliendo, The Futon Critic

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