Frank Caliendo was born in Chicago, Illinois
and 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, Frank Caliendo began performing stand-up comedy, taking
a job as a M.C at a local comedy club. Within a year he was
headlining. Frank made his network series debut on the sketch
comedy series Hype.
Frank Caliendo found his niche performing on the college comedy circuit. Over the past few years, Caliendo 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. Frank Caliendo's 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, Frank 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.
Frank Caliendo officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2001 as a repertory performer, for the seventh season. During his tenure, Frank 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. Caliendo also did almost the whole cast of Seinfeld in an anti-drug episode. In 2002, Frank 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. Frank is a self-taught dancer.
In August 2006, Frank Caliendo announced he would not return to MADtv for its 2006-2007 season.
Television Appearances List
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