Caliendo gives voice to comedy

Terry Bradshaw and Frank Caliendo used to see a lot of each other on football Sundays. So now that Bradshaw has worked up his own headliner show for the casino circuit, he knows who to call if he gets sick and needs someone to substitute as him.

Bradshaw is one of the “quality over quantity” voices that Caliendo favors in his comic impressions. His Charles Barkley keeps turning up to say how “turr-ible” the rest of the impressions are, and his John Madden is so dead-on he could do a long-form Broadway show the way Frank Gorshin did as George Burns in “Say Goodnight Gracie.”

(His George W. Bush is amazing too, but Will Ferrell already did that on Broadway.)

Caliendo was still doing his nine-year run on Fox’s NFL pregame show when he became a weekly Monte Carlo headliner in 2009 and 2010.

Now, back for a weekend at The Orleans, it might be easier to explain his act isn’t all about sports. “It’s more about pop culture and the history of pop culture,” he noted back then.

Contact reporter Mike Weatherford at mweatherford@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0288.

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