Making an Impression

Voice-shifting comic beats around the Bush.

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Mad TV's Frank Caliendo was planning a career in broadcast journalism, but "didn't want to make $6 an hour," so he pursued comedy. These days, he splits his time between Fox's weekly sketch show and the network's NFL Sunday, where he talks football.

At first, Caliendo's impersonations bombed onstage. "I couldn't make anybody laugh," he says. "Now, impressions are what everybody waits for." His President Bush is a sure audience-pleaser. "People who really like Bush love the impression," he says, "and people who really hate Bush love the impression." That's a consensus the real Dubya would kill for!
Thu., June 1, 8 p.m.; June 2-3, 7:30 & 10:15 p.m.; Sun., June 4, 7:30 p.m.

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