Frank Caliendo Performs At The Wilbur Theater

Posted January 20, 2016 by Brian Keaney in Theater & Arts

Football fans may have seen Frank Caliendo performing his sports-based impressions on the FOX NFL Sunday Pregame show, or more recently on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. Now the Chicago native is returning to his roots in comedy with a show at the Wilbur Theater on Saturday, January 30th.  Known for his impressions, Caliendo’s shows have a frenetic pace. Having performed for audiences all over the country, he was described by the Hollywood Reporter as “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.”

In between jokes and observations, Caliendo’s show weaves in impressions of well known figures from across society. Cinema buffs will recognize his send up of actors Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro, while sports fans should get a kick out of Caliendo’s take on John Madden (perhaps his signature character), Charles Barkley and Jon Gruden. Pop culture fans may also enjoy the MadTV alumnus’ impressions of talk show hosts  Dr. Phil, Jay Leno, and David Letterman. And, of course, everyone will recognize several of the most recent occupants of the Oval Office, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Caliendo’s impression of George W. Bush was good enough to earn him an invitation to perform at the 2006 White House Corespondents Dinner. The annual gathering features a who’s who of Washington political, journalistic, and social life, including no less of a guest than the President of the United States himself.

The following year Caliendo got his own cable show on TBS, called Frank TV. The show ran for two seasons, and although it featured many of the impersonations that has made Caliendo popular, it received poor ratings and was canceled.  After that show’s run, he hosted an award show for year’s funniest movies at The Comedy Festival.  Between 2009 and 2011 he had a regular show at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and he has been touring since.

While only in Boston for one night, there will be two shows, with the first at 7:00 and the second at 9:45. There is a “Be Frank” VIP meet & greet experience available, which includes a premium seat ticket, a photograph with Caliendo, a question and answer session with the comedian, and an autographed VIP laminate. For an additional charge, guests can purchase a merchandise package that includes a premium seat and even more Caliendo swag.

Regular tickets can be found on The Wilbur Theater’s website, and premium packages on  Preferred parking for the event can be found nearby. Should Mother Nature send a storm our way that evening, a coat and umbrella check is available on the lower level.

The historic Wilbur Theater was originally opened for theatrical productions in 1914, but was revitalized in 2008 and today hosts mostly concerts and comedy shows. Located at 244-250 Tremont Street, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The Comedy Connection in Boston, which was formerly housed in Quincy Market, now makes its home at the Wilbur.