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Catching up with comedian and Waukesha native Frank Caliendo in Phoenix

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jul 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 17:01:37-04

PHOENIX — Waukesha's own Frank Caliendo: everybody knows him as one of the funniest comedians on the planet. He went to South High School and UW-Milwaukee, but he's had a residence in Phoenix for a decade and a half. He invited us over on social media and the hilarity ensued.

TMJ4's Lance Allan: "When you tweeted at me, I couldn’t believe it. Two, I almost forgot you lived in Phoenix. Bad on me."

“A lot of people forget,” Frank Caliendo says. “Your reporting prowess, you jumped on that immediately.”

Allan: "Hey, it’s Frank. It’s a fresh piece of meat. I gotta get him."

“Yeah, a microcosm of your career, Lance!” Caliendo says with a laugh. “Sorry. Ask your questions. I’m getting a little bit of heat exhaustion.”

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Allan: "So you’re a Waukesha guy. And you’ve got the pride of Pewaukee down here now. JJ Watt and you guys are like best of buds?"

“Yes, let’s just pretend that’s the truth,” Caliendo says. “JJ and I hang out. Every day. We lift together. I spot him. I went to UW-Milwaukee. Graduated from there. Summa cum laude. Whatever that means. I don’t know. Mass communications, journalism degree. Could you try not to ruin the sound, Jeremy!”

Photojournalist Jeremy Dunk: "I knew you were going to say something!"

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“Absolutely,” Caliendo says. “This is going to tell you how much of a fraud I am. I bought season tickets from the Suns, just a few weeks ago, almost as an investment because they went up almost $5,000 the next day. So that was a couple weeks ago. So I think I have to root for the Suns right now, which might be better for the people of Milwaukee, because when I root for teams, they tend not to do so well. So I’m not rooting against the Bucks in any way shape or form. I’m trying to look at it as a win-win.”

Allan: "You’re almost picking the Suns?"

“I feel like I am because I have more money invested,” Caliendo jokes. “I mean if the Bucks want to give me a free suite. Let me hold. I’ll bring JJ. We’re not that good of friends.”

Watch the full interview here:

Catching up with comedian and Waukesha native Frank Caliendo in Phoenix

“I’m almost going Barkley. I think it’s going to be a really good series. Look at these guys. We don’t know if Giannis is playing or if he’s going to play. Or what’s happening. By the time this airs, there’s a chance we do know. That’s me. I always break the fourth wall. Especially when there’s a plug. What do you think Shaq. Mumbles. I agree with the first half of that. But the second half makes absolutely no sense Shaq. C’mon. Don’t be a knucklehead," Caliendo impersonates. "And what was the Stephen A. Smith thing?”

Allan: "So basically he was like, there’s no way I want to go to Milwaukee. That’s basically it in a nutshell."

“Oh he was like Barkley with San Antonio,” Caliendo continues impersonating. “I have to say I don’t even understand what’s going on. I do not want to go to the Brewers city. I don’t want to go where beer and cheese are more important than anything else on this earth. That’s what I have to say. I think it’s a suburb of Chicago. That’s how bad it is.”

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