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Frank Caliendo: Can he take Madden's place?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 6th 2006 11:06PM
Frank CaliendoBeing an impressionist is one of the toughest careers to maintain in the world of comedy. Instead of being able to do new material, audiences want you to do certain voices all the time. And at a certain point, your impressions become so outdated no one wants to hear them anymore (I'm sure Fred Travalena isn't getting requests for his Jimmy Carter impression, for instance).

Which is why I'm proposing this request to MadTV's Frank Caliendo: get a job as an analyst in an NFL booth. Now.

For those who've never seen Caliendo, he does some pretty good impressions: Al Pacino, Terry Bradshaw, Robin Williams, even President Bush; all of them are pitch-perfect (he does one of the most true-to-life Dubya impressions out there). But his signature impression is of soon-to-be-NBC football analyst John Madden. It's amazing how good it is; close your eyes and you'll swear that you're hearing the man himself. What Caliendo adds to the impression, though, is a sense that the cheese has slipped off Madden's cracker a bit, as he repeats himself, talks in circles, and states the obvious.

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Old hosts join MNF for final ABC airing

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 23rd 2005 11:49AM
MNF LogoThis Monday night marks the final airing of Monday Night Football on ABC. As was announced a few months ago, MNF moves to ESPN starting with the 2006 NFL season. However, ABC is planning on pulling out all the stops for the final telecast. Joining current hosts Al Michaels and John Madden are former hosts Frank Gifford and Don Meredith. Gifford and Meredith will not appear live, but will highlight some of the biggest moments from MNF past in numerous taped segments. Over the years. MNF has had numerous hosts from both the sports and entertainment fields including OJ Simpson, Joe Namath, and Dennis Miller. The final match-up between the Patriots and Jets airs this Monday night at 9pm ET.

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