Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
Manic impressionist Frank Caliendo takes a quantity-over-quality approach to celebrity impersonations, doling out dozens of them with wildly mixed results. Never mind that the average man on the street could probably do a better Jerry Seinfeld; it didn’t take much talent to rise to the top of “MADtv,” and Caliendo’s game enthusiasm and good-natured screen presence made him that show’s breakout star. In 2000, the Waukesha native’s John Madden imitation earned him a spot on Fox’s “NFL Sunday,” where he made a name for himself doing impressions of the show’s panelists and sharing picks in character as celebrities like Donald Trump. His run on the show ended in 2012, when he was replaced by the overbearing Rob Riggle.