Day: September 11, 2008

Frank TV returns in October to make new impressions on viewers

The second season of Frank TV comes to TBS on Oct. 21. You certainly have seen a lot of Frank Caliendo and his many impersonations on TV in the year since his own sketch show debuted last November, with plenty of ads not just for his show but also for other services. Viewers seem to be split on Caliendo. Either they love him, or they don’t. The critics tend to focus on Caliendo’s look (particularly on mainstays he doesn’t look like at all) instead of on his voices. I’ve found him to be quite proficient onstage during his stand-up, particularly when he does a medley of impersonations, and yes, your enjoyment of Caliendo’s stand-up act has depended almost entirely upon how much John Madden you can handle. Caliendo’s George W. Bush also is a winner. As for translating the voices into actual costumes and makeup for sketches, well, we can still have a healthy debate about how well that’s working. Let’s check back in October and see what we think. The new season also adds fellow impersonators Mike MacRae and Freddy Lockhart to the cast, so that may sway your opinion as well as mine. In the meantime… Here is a new bit he’s got involving Republican presidential candidate John McCain: And here is his take on Democrat Barack Obama (note: Caliendo not trying to be Obama; that’s...

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Meet the new cast members of MADtv

Time for the new fall season of TV sketch comedy, and while you may have heard that swimmer Michael Phelps is hosting Saturday Night Live, let me also remind you that MADtv continues to operate over on the FOX television network. They have three new cast members this fall, and help you get to know these folks — Matt Braunger, Erica Ash and Eric Price — with video vignettes. Welcome Erica Ash from Atlanta, who previously performed on The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo: And here is an introduction to Eric Price: See more funny videos at Funny or...

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