The Frank Caliendo Cast

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About the show

A pop culture, sports, and nerding podcast with Frank Caliendo, John Holmberg, Scott Long and others... featuring interviews, impressions, stories and a whole lot of comedy.


  • Episode 75: Examining The Dilemma Of Social Media & Thoughts On NFL Week 2

    September 22nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 23 mins

    Frank (@FrankCaliendo), John Holmberg (@98KUPD, @HMSon98), Scott Long (@ScottComedy) and producer Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) zoom in to discuss the recent Netflix documentary release 'The Social Dilemma' and it's wide reaching affects on society, entertainment and sports as well as discussing all the action and surprises of week 2 action in the NFL.

  • Episode 74: NFL Week 1 Review & Reset

    September 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@HMSon98), Scott Long (@ScottComedy) and producer Dick Toledo (@Dick Toledo) convene the Monday after the week 1 Sunday games of the 2020 NFL season to talk football, how the games felt as a viewer and initial thoughts of what's to come this season!

  • Episode 73: NFL Season Preview & Predictions w/NFL Insider Michael Lombardi of The Athletic

    September 8th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 40 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@HMSon98), Scott Long (@ScottComedy) and producer Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) in preparation for the start of what is an NFL season unlike any other invite in former NFL Executive (Patriots, Raiders, Browns, Eagles, 49ers) and current writer for The Athletic (@TheAthletic) to discuss how the season may look different as well as predictions and expectations for teams this year. You can also find and subscribe to Michael's podcast The GM Shuffle #GMShuffle on apple podcasts and many other podcasting platforms.

  • Episode 72: The Wizard Of Trump, Disinformation, Legacies & Social Activism In Sports

    September 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@HMSon98) & producer Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) discuss an imagining of 'The Wizard Of Trump', along with how disinformation seems to be everywhere and perhaps how to sift through it, the building of legacies and how easily they can crumble, the social activism of current sports leagues and players and the fall of Cincinnati Reds broadcast Thom Brennaman. Liveley discussion in this week's CaliendoCast available online at and check out our YouTube content @FrankCaliendoDOTCom

  • Episode 71: The Art Of Voicework w/Jon Bailey

    August 25th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@98KUPD) and producer Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) muster their pandemic energy in the CaliendoCast bunker and invite in veteran voiceover actor Jon Bailey (@EpicVoiceGuy) for a great discussion on the art of voices, finding them and perfecting their sound. You've likely heard Jon EVERYWHERE but didn't know it! Listen in to hear a voice that blends all the best of the "big voice" guys from Movie trailers, TV & commercial work into a his very own unique sound that you'll find yourself hearing everywhere after this podcast is over.

  • Episode 70: The Benefits of Foreign Healthcare w/Comedian Ronny Chieng

    August 18th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@98KUPD) and producer Dick Toledo (@Dick Toledo) welcome in Comedian Ronny Chieng ('The Daily Show' @ronnychieng) from his in-laws house in Australia for a discussion on current events, the business of comedy, and the differences in American vs Foreign healthcare as Ronny was working in Australia when the COVID pandemic hit and has been locked down there pretty much ever since! You can also check out Ronny's latest comedy special 'Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America' on @Netflix now and rescheduled comedy tour dates on his website

  • Episode 69: The Politics Of Tik Tok & Twitter w/comedian JL Cauvin

    August 11th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 15 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@98KUPD) & producer Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) invite comedian/impressionist JL Cauvin (@JLCauvin) into the bunker via Zoom for a discussion on impressions, politics, social media, becoming known and more!

  • Episode 68: Tik Tok Comedians vs. Mimics, Standing By Friends When Allegations Fly

    August 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 51 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@98KUPD) and producer Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) head to the Caliendo bunker studio this week to talk about the potential banning of Tik Tok in the U.S. and whether some of the app's most famous users are actually comedians doing original content or mimics grandstanding on other people's work. Plus, they talk about standing by a friend and believing them when that friend is under fire from serious allegations from more than two decades ago and how to deal with that when said friend is former CaliendoCast guest Bryan Callen. This week also sees the return of young intern Shaun Salehi (@ShaunSalehi) and comedian Scott Long (@ScottComedy) zoom's in to save the show!

  • Episode 67: 'Of The Apes', Creative Cursing & The Return Of Scott Long on Sports!

    July 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 29 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@98KUPD) and producer Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) assemble to discuss the terminology of The Planet Of The Apes and fitting in the phrase 'Of The Apes' with many current things going on right now in the country as well as wish John a Happy Birthday complete with gift "unboxing". They also touch on President Trump's candid interview with Dave Portnoy from Barstool Sports, perform some creative cursing impressions and welcome back in comedian Scott Long (@Scottcomedy) to talk about the return of major sports and what we all think it may look like this fall with the impending return of football!

  • Episode 66: Anger, Racism & How Viral Phone Videos Have Made Us All More Tribal

    July 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  56 mins 56 secs

    Frank & John gather in the Caliendo Studio bunker for discussion and commentary on where things are with the pandemic outbreak on the west coast. How a recent spate of viral confrontation videos involving mask wearing, racism & politics are pointing out how smart phones and their camera ubiquity is appearing to make us all more tribal and widening our division not solving it. All this seemingly serious discussion is done in the lighthearted vein of the Caliendo Cast of course.

  • Episode 65: Christopher Titus On Cancel Culture, Calling Out Wrongs Online & A Return Of Decorum

    July 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 50 mins

    Comedian/Actor/Writer/Director Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) Zoomed in with Frank & John Holmberg (@98KUPD) to talk about organizing projects while dealing with a worldwide pandemic, the proliferation of "Cancel Culture" online, videos of disagreements that go viral online, calling out injustice, stupidity and wrongs online and the hope for a return of decorum very soon.

    Christopher Titus' content can be found at the following links:
    @ChristopherTitusTV on Youtube

  • Episode 64: Ahmed Ahmed On Touring w/Friends and Heeding The Advice Of Mitzi Shore

    July 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 35 mins

    Comedian Ahmed Ahmed joined Frank and John Holmberg (@98KUPD) in the Caliendo Cast bunker for a discussion that took place BEFORE Bars & Clubs were shut down in Arizona for a 2nd time. Here the guys talk about coming up in comedy, paying dues, having opinions, dodging criticism and taking sage advice from peers and comedy titans.

  • Episode 63: The Unapologetic Comedy of Writer/Director/Actor/Comedian Steve Byrne

    June 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Frank & John Holmberg (@98KUPD) invite multi-talented writer/director/actor/comedian Steve Byrne (@SteveByrneLive) into the caliendocast studio for a discussion about standup in a Covid world, the politics and opinions of comedy and comedians on social media amid a wave of "cancel culture" and childhood memories of migos and the other action figures that populate the studio and spark nostalgia.

  • Episode 62: You Wouldn't Like Frank When He's Angry

    June 23rd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Frank & John Holmberg (@98KUPD) gather at the Caliendo studio bunker to discuss how technical issues prior to recording can set off Frank's anger. They talk about the old-timey term 'Fiddlefart' in regard to Toledo (@DickToledo), wearing masks and the current cancel culture's latest targets.

  • Episode 61: The Return Of Standup w/comedian Chris Porter

    June 16th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  54 mins 21 secs

    Comedy clubs across the country are slowly reopening amid the Coronavirus pandemic with safety measures. What does that mean for comedy? And what does it mean for those performers who make a living being comedic? Frank, John Holmberg (@98kupd), and our guest this week, comedian Chris Porter (season 4 of NBC's 'Last Comic Standing') discuss what it's been like to have no work for the past few months of quarantine orders and also the feeling of being back on stage now that clubs are open again.

  • Episode 60: The Surprisingly Great Impressions of guest Brad Williams

    June 9th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Frank and John Holmberg (@98KUPD) sit down with comedian Brad Williams (@FunnyBrad), who was in Phoenix to perform at Stand Up Live Comedy Theater now that comedy clubs and nightlife has reopened in the city. The discussion ranged from revelations of new impressions, to talk of fatherhood (Brad has a 5 month old daughter) to the feeling of finally being able to perform again after a long Covid-19 prompted layoff.