Master impersonator and sports junkie Frank Caliendo joins Rex and Josh
2021-10-20
On the latest episode of the Rex Chapman Show with Josh Hopkins, the guys are joined by one of the funniest people on the planet, Frank Caliendo! The guys discuss what life was like growing up in a family of funny people and with appearances from Bill Walton and Charles Barkley, they get a preview on the NBA Season. Will Frank pick another NBA Finals between his hometown Milwaukee and Phoenix, where he's called home the last 15 years? You can follow Frank Caliendo at @FrankCaliendo on Twitter and Instagram. 6:30 - Bill Walton on space, time, and Rex Chapman 9:00 - It took a long time for Frank Caliendo to realize that the Rex Chapman on Twitter was the same Rex Chapman who starred in the NBA. 10:30 - Frank wrestled with the Suns and the Bucks in the past NBA Finals. He grew up in Milwaukee but is now a Suns' season ticket holder. 15:00 - Growing up in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Frank discusses growing up playing sports after his father was a minor league baseball player himself. 20:30 - Frank was superstitious as a baseball player, admitting he watched The Natural before every single game. Of course Frank remembers every line from the movie to this day. 22:30 - How Frank ended up on MadTV and NFL on FOX, kicking his comedy career into the stratosphere. Frank felt he fell into sports and comedy in a way, because it's not the usual route for most entertainers. 31:00 - When did Frank begin doing his impressions? It goes back to school when he was doing impressions of his teachers and his close friends. Everyone messes around with their friends, but when he created his John Madden by the time got to college, this was something he wanted to do. 38:00 - Frank outlines how he builds his impressions, a process and mindset that could take months to get just right. It also matters who's in pop culture too. There are certain impressions that don't stand the test of time. 42:00 - Just by changing several speech patterns and facial expressions, Frank can change his impressions seamlessly, really showing his thought process from switching from one personality to the next. 52:00 - Frank is really concerned with the future of deep fakes and where we could end up if we continue to try to exploit celebrities and take advantage of using their likeness without their permission. 57:00 - Some of the harder impressions Frank has been working on as of late include Peyton Manning and Joe Biden. It's not just imitating a voice but adding their mannerisms as well that takes Frank the additional time to get them just right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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