Since 2000, Frank Caliendo has been a staple on the "Fox NFL Sunday" pregame show, and if a comedian can be judged by how many of his jokes Terry Bradshaw gets, Caliendo is going out a legend.
To everyone asking about the FOX pregame. I will not be back this coming season. It was great to be part of the team with Terry and the guys for the last 9 years, but it's time to move on. I have a couple of upcoming ventures that look like they may be pretty cool... And as soon as I can tell you more about them-- I definitely will. More soon!
I have to wonder if this is the best move for Frank Caliendo. No one in the history of comedy has ever had an audience more predisposed to laughter than Caliendo had. A Volkswagen full of stoned hyenas watching the Three Stooges while being tickled by Antonio Alfonseca is not as eager to laugh as the trio of Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan. If you're a comedian, it's got to be hard to walk away from that.
I like Frank Caliendo. I've seen and enjoyed his live show, and his talent for impressions is rare. But his work on "Fox NFL Sunday" was never my cup of tea. It's a difficult format — "And now we take you to Mr. Super Funny Comedian Man, who we can only hope is as funny as we've been for the last 52 minutes!" — for a television audience that sometimes seems to really enjoy hating things.
I'm sure we'll see his John Madden impression again somewhere down the line.