Caliendo best known for his work on MadTV is starring in his very own comedy sketch series called Frank TV, in which he showcases his impressions of pop culture icons like Jack Nicholson, John Madden, and Robin Williams.
But Caliendos penchant for mimicking can be traced back to a mean Jay Leno impression he did while he was a freshman in college.
Caliendo says, I had been mimicking teachers and adults for years, but one day, I looked in the mirror, stuck my chin out, and started talking like Leno. I was like, Hey, I can do this! It was very exciting.
Over the years, Caliendo has perfected his Leno imitation, and one time, he almost passed for the skunk-haired host in front of some frantic fans.
He says, I was filming a show in full Leno make-up and I walked outside and got mobbed by people who thought I was really him. Then they were like, Wait a minute, Jay Leno isnt that short!
Frank TV premieres November 20 on TBS.
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