Famed impressionist Frank Caliendo breaks out Bush, Obama, Madden and more at NRA Annual Meeting
Fairfax, Virginia - Thousands of NRA members were treated to a performance by comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo during the NRA's Stand and Fight Rally in Houston.
A part of the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, the Stand and Fight Rally was the main entertainment event in a weekend full of celebration of America's rich heritage and the Second Amendment.
Caliendo, who is known for his roles on MADtv, Fox NFL Sunday and Frank TV, has mastered 120 impressions of famous individuals. He's best known for his renditions of NFL Hall of Fame coach John Madden, NBA Hall of Fame power forward Charles Barkley and United States Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
And boy did he entertain. Over the course of his gut-busting set, Caliendo channeled John Madden, Charles Barkley, Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Robin Williams, the night's feature speaker Glenn Beck and Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama.
While successful impressions rely on a good deal of the target's body language and mannerisms, the majority of the work comes from imitating their voice. At one point in his routine, Calidneo became fascinated with the sign language interpreter in the corner of the stage who was working to help hearing-impaired audience members enjoy the show. Rattling off a few quick impersonations, Caliendo cocked his head as he watched the interpreter attempt to silently convey Bush, Madden and Barkley's voices.
About the time the audience had laughed themselves silly, Caliendo thanked everyone for being a great audience, took a bow and exited. It was a great performance and one that, itself, would be difficult to imitate.