Frank Caliendo Biography (Personal Life, Career)

Born in January 19, 1974, Franklin Caliendo is an American stand-up comedian and impressionist, best known for his work on the Fox Network television series MADtv. The stand-up comedian has been also the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday. He is also well known for imitating John Madden perfectly.

Personal Life

The stand-up comedian was born in Chicago Illinois and grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The American comedian attended Waukesha South High School. After graduating High School, the stand up comedian attended University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Due to his father, Frank Caliendo Sr. , the stand-up comedian has Italian ancestry. The stand-up comedian has two brothers: Terry and Ricco. Terry is the one who does the comedian’s web site and the major part of the marketing, and Ricco, is the one organizing the comedian’s schedule.

The stand-up comedian married Michel, the only girl in his Cleveland audience who didn't laugh at any of his jokes. He and Michele have two children: Joe, 7, and Juliet, 5. The stand-up comedian currently lives with his family in Tempe, Ariz., because he doesn't want his kids to grow up in the rarefied environment of Hollywood.


After graduation from University, the stand-up comedian began performing stand-up comedy starting with a job as a master of ceremonies at a local comedy club. While performing in the local pub, the stand up comedian received a phone from an agent who asked him to send him a tape with his stand-up sketches and to go to L.A. He made his network series debut on the 2000-2001 sketch comedy series Hype. The stand-up comedy show lasted only 13 episodes.

The stand-up comedian has performed stand-up comedy on such series as cable's Premium Blendd, The 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. The stand-up comedian certainly gained fame and significant national exposure on the comedy series MADtv where the stand-up comedian had a 5 years contract ( from 2001-2006). Later on, the stand-up comedian recalled that it was like a prison, he didn’t enjoy it at all because it was a different kind of comedy he wanted to perform for his stand-up comedy audience.

In November 2007 the stand-up comedian hosted his own sketch comedy program, "Frank TV" on TBS. The stand-up comedy performance lasted for two seasons. At the end of the same year, the stand-up comedian also hosted the special "The Funniest Movies of the Year: 2008" on TBS.

The stand-up comedian is a master of impressions. Five minutes with him at the lunch table and the stand-up comedian is able to transforms himself into Jay Leno, Al Pacino and Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Andy Rooney or Robin Williams. He not only transforms his voice, but his gestures, his attitude, his movements and facial expressions fits perfectly with the person, he impersonates.

In 2002, the stand-up comedian replaced Will Sasso as the impersonator of George W. Bush, but the stand-up comedian won audience members over with a fantastic impersonation of former Fox sports announcer John Madden and also many other Fox personalities. The stand-up comedian’s impression of President George W. Bush earned him an invitation to perform during the 2007 annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

The stand-up comedian performed his sketches and impressions on Fox NFL Sunday,The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Mohr Sports.The stand-up comedian has also appeared on Comedy Central's Comedy Central Presents, as well as many radio shows, including the WDVE Morning Show with Jim Krenn and Randy Bauman in Pittsburgh PA, The Dan Le Batard Show, The Junkies, Bob and 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, Preston and Steve, The Glenn Beck Program.

On November 5, 2000, the stand-up comedian appeared on Fox NFL Sunday, as a guest to comedian Jimmy Kimmel. He performed his signature John Madden impression and was well-received. In 2003, Kimmel departed the program, and the stand-up comedian Caliendo was named his permanent replacement. During the stand-up comedy sketches, the stand-up comedian was performing stand-up comedy and impressions. James Brown and Terry Bradshaw are just some of the personalities, the stand up comedian imitated during his stand-up comedy show.

In 2001 and 2002, the stand-up comedian returned as a semi-regular guest on Fox NFL Sunday. He frequently appeared impersonating John Madden. In 2007, the stand-up comedian appeared in The Comebacks film. He impersonates John Madden and Al Michaels in the championship game between the Comebacks and The Unbeatables.

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