Is there a comedian alive who elicits a larger negative reaction than Frank Caliendo? From what I’ve seen of him he’s OK — although to be fair, I never sat through an entire episode of “Frank TV.” My friend Amazing Larry, however, swears that Rumsfeld used Caliendo DVDs to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. He’ll fight anyone who brings up Caliendo’s name, and he will fight dirty.
Most of America agrees, it seems. With John Madden and George W. Bush having shuffled off into retirement, Caliendo’s two big go-to impressions have also vanished. So what’s a one-dimensional entertainer to do? Well, if you’re Carrot Top or Yakov Smirnoff, you sign a long-term contract with a large hotel-casino to be the house entertainment. Except that Carrot Top (The Luxor in Vegas) and Smirnoff (his own theater in Branson, Missouri) perform in relatively prestigous venues. Caliendo, meanwhile, is stuck in … Read more…
Folks, much like the end of the Vietnam War, our long national nightmare is finally over. I’m talking about the news in BROADCASTING & CABLE that TBS has canceled Frank TV. Finally, we can now watch baseball playoff games free from the fear of being bombarded with a barrage of advertisements so unrelenting that even Frank Caliendo felt bad about it. You can expect a ticker tape parade down Broadway for the TBS programmer who made the decision to axe the show.
But war is hell, and not all the news is good. The same article also has the news that Caliendo has signed a new two-year deal to continue being not funny on Fox NFL Sunday. Fortunately, you know that he’s always going to be on during the last segment of that show, making it possible to find something else to do in the five minutes before your regional coverage of San Francisco at Seattle begins.
• What’s more hilarious than showing up at practice and noticing that Brett Favre has put a dead animal in your locker? Reportedly it was a wild turkey, but usually when dead things end up stuffed in lockers in New Jersey, it’s not something to laugh about.
• Ozzie Guillen is in love with a certain team on the south side…of the country.
I’ve found quite a few things to be annoying about TBS’ coverage of the Divisional Series this season. Whether it’s having to listen to Dick Stockton butcher names and words constantly, having to deal with Cal Ripken Jr. in the studio show, or hearing that god awful Bon Jovi song over and over (Which town!? Grow some balls and commit, old man!). Still, there is one man that has been more annoying than all of them.
It seems as though during every commercial break viewers are subjected to a promo for Frank TV. TBS must show a commercial for the show at least 20 times during a game, and to be honest, it’s driving me crazy. Sure, it’s better than having to see Dane Cook all the time, but that doesn’t exactly make it tolerable. Frankly, I think Frank Caliendo owes us all an apology. Wait, what?
CABLEFAX DAILY has a report today that cements the idea that both men disdain Caliendo’s parodies, as “Madden and Barkley reps ‘have threatened imminent legal action’” over Dish Network commercials featuring Caliendo doing impressions of the well-fatted duo.
Dish Network though isn’t backing down (obviously, Frank TV fans - who isn’t?).
SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY reports that a new deal will keep Charles Barkley entertaining TNT audiences for years to come - well, at least the next four, anyway.
The deal, which promises to put Chuck’s yearly pay in the mid seven-figure range, is expected to be finalized this week. As part of the new contract, Sir Charles will also be making appearances on NBA TV and showing up online with TNT NBA Overtime.
HOOPS WORLD reports that the Lakers coach lamented the remarks he made Tuesday after LA’s loss to San Antonio. Jackson had said the game was like “Brokeback Mountain”, “because there’s so much penetration and kickouts.”After getting scolded by the NBA, Phil relented on his choice of movie comparison, sincerely saying, “If I’ve offended any horses, Texans, cowboys or gays, I apologize.”
Jackson also acknowledged those who did get a chuckle: “I want to thank all the TV people and journalists who thought it was humorous in the moment.”But he added, “When you take it out of context, it wasn’t funny. It’s a poor attempt at humor and I deserve to be reprimanded by the NBA.”
Jackson further commented that he thinks he should stick to his day job, and let Jay Leno or David Letterman handle the late-night comedy.