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 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.

  • Episode 59: Back Live From Frank's Studio Bunker As The Country Protests

    June 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 22 mins

    Frank & John Holmberg (@98KUPD) recorded this episode LIVE from Frank's home studio for the first time in nearly 3 months and are joined by Scott Long (@ScottComedy) and Shaun Salehi (@doubles30) on Zoom to discuss the events of a wild week and weekend of protests and rioting across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Not sure if we found any answers but the discussion seems to be the most important part as much of the nation pushes for reform and justice.

  • Episode 58: Dealing With Complainers And Thought's On The Nation's Reopening

    May 26th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 38 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@98KUPD), Scott Long (@ScottComedy) and Shaun Salehi (@doubles30) get together for a discussion about dealing with complainers in a viral world, give their thoughts and impressions of the country's first week "back" after being reopened to a degree and talk about the hopeful return of sports.

  • Episode 57: Major League marketing in the worlds of sports & comics w/Todd McFarlane

    May 23rd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 37 mins

    When Frank began getting "into" the world of comics he quickly became acquainted with artist and comic book creator/writer Todd McFarlane (@Todd_McFarlane of Image Comics, Spawn, The Amazing Spiderman). So in this episode Frank, joined by John Holmberg (@98KUPD), Scott Long (@Scott Comedy) dialed up Zoom for a conversation on what it's like to create iconic work, to go up against the juggernaut marketers of the 4 major pro sports leagues, to take on the giants of the comic books industry, and how it feels to overcome them all and carve out your own niche.

    Later in the cast Steven Maurer (@TheMrMaurer) & Jon Mendte (@JonMendte) from the Welcome To Fireside Crew (@FiresideCrew) join in to ask the more pertinent and technically "nerdy" questions dealing with Todd's world of Image Comics and his character of Spawn.

  • Episode 56: Getting apolitical w/guest Actor/Comedian Bryan Callen

    May 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 12 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@98KUPD) and Scott Long (@ScottComedy) head to zoom and bring in actor/comedian Bryan Callen (ABC's 'Schooled') for a discussion on artisan coffee, jui-jitsu, tennis and politics. NOT a political conversation about leanings but more a conversation about political history and how important things are on local levels and how easily we can all be affected by propaganda.

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  • Episode 55: The Bill Walton Experience: w/special Guest, NBA Legend Bill Walton

    May 18th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 52 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg (@98KUPD), Scott Long (@ScottComedy), Shaun Salehi (@doubles30), producer Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) and Jose Meza (@JoseMeza_creator) scheduled an interview with NBA Hall Of Fame and NCAA legend Bill Walton. What transpired thereafter can only be described as an interesting visit to the mind of a man who's always thinking about things greater than himself. We present the interview in its entirety, uncut, fully unedited so you can experience it just as we all did on the zoom call! We hope you enjoy as much as we did. Frank even called upon the help of Walton's broadcasting partner Dave Pasch (@DavePasch), who joins the call midway through and again at the end, to try and help us make sense of and decode the mystery that is Bill Walton.

  • Episode 54: Episode 54: w/best selling mystery author Harlan Coben

    May 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 25 mins

    Frank, John Holmberg, Scott Long and Shaun Salehi dialed up a zoom call with best selling mystery/thriller author Harlan Coben for a discussion on the recent successes of his Netflix series (adapted from his books) 'The Stranger', the optioning and production of many of his other works such as 'The Five', 'Safe' and 'The Woods'.

    You can find more info about Harlan on his website or on social media @HarlanCoben on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Episode 53: A Very Special Guest Surprise For John & A Candid Chat w/NBA HOF'er Shaquille O'Neal

    May 12th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 22 mins

    While prepping for a setup to an interview Frank, John & Scott did with NBA Hall Of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, Frank was able to arrange a surprise guest from one of John's all-time most beloved TV shows. Listen in to find out who and then stay for a great candid conversation with Shaq about charity work and what he thinks of how the Golden State Warriors would fare against the teams from his "era".

  • Episode 52: Episode 52: w/CBS News' Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett

    May 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 48 mins

    Frank Caliendo, John Holmberg, Scott Long and Shaun Salehi sit down Zoom-style for an engaging conversation with CBS News' Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett (@CBSMajor) covering everything from his start in Washington as a newspaper reporter for The Houston Post 30 years ago to his thoughts on the many presidents he's covered in that time to what the hallmarks are of doing the job of informing the public on the happenings of the political world. And all while also learning new terminology and the ingredients of the 'Drink of the Viceroy'!

    Here's a link to a situation between Major and former President Obama that is referenced in the podcast:

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  • Episode 51: John's Concert Livestream - Is There Light At The End Of Our Covid Tunnel

    May 5th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Frank Caliendo ( @Frank Caliendo ), John Holmberg ( @98KUPD ), Scott Long (@ScottComedy), Shaun Salehi (@DoubleS30), Dick Toledo (@DickToledo) and Jose Meza (@JoseMezaCreator) convene to discuss John's weekend livestream concert with his band #HolmbergsUnderCover to raise $$ for The Arizona Humane Society and the state of Arizona's and the country's continued Shelter At Home order and if there may be an end in sight.

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  • Episode 50: Peak Performance And Maxing Out w/guest Ed Mylett

    April 30th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 24 mins

    Frank, John, Scott & Shaun sat down for an inspirational and motivating chat with "success coach" Ed Mylett touching on everything from his low self esteem as a young athlete to finding his keys to success through studying successful people! Listen here or on YouTube at frankcaliendodotcom #caliendocast

  • Episode 49: Bill Walton, The Chupeecawbree, Herd Immunity & Jordan's Last Dance

    April 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 17 mins

    Frank calls together the forces of the caliendocast and gathers John, Scott & Shaun to talk about Frank's recent Stugotz podcast appearance with Bill Walton, the creation of a new mythical creature, how Sweden is establishing herd immunity to coronavirus and thoughts on the first 4 episodes of the ESPN Michael Jordan docu-series 'The Last Dance'.

  • Episode 48: Inside An NFL Draft Room w/former NFL GM & Insider Michael Lombardi

    April 24th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 15 mins

    In the midst of the 2020 NFL Draft Day 2, John, Frank, Scott & Shaun bring on former NFL GM and "insider" Michael Lombardi for a deep discussion on the inner workings of an NFL organization on Draft Day. Covering everything from player draft boards, to player character, to other metrics giving a glimpse that few will ever know or understand. THIS, is truly what it's like to be involved in the NFL machine on Draft Day.