Former MADtv cast member Frank Caliendo ranks among Americas top impressionists. He shrugs off the distinction, but David Letterman is so enamored with Caliendos John Madden impersonation that the late-night host tapped the comic to provide NFL commentary -- in character, of course -- on his show. Its funny how Dave sits there and pretends it really is Madden, says Caliendo.
Caliendos repertoire includes imitations of President Bush, James Brown, and even Lettermans rival, Jay Leno. He has plenty of less-famous people in his inventory too -- like sports talker Jim Rome. But, says Caliendo, Only 30 percent of the people get it. Apparently, Rome himself isnt one of them. He doesnt hate it, he says. I think its because I was on MADtv. Whenever we made fun of someone, theyd get a little angry. If it were Saturday Night Live, theyd be like, Oh, its SNL.
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