The Frank Caliendo Cast

Gruden Knocks Hard 1-5

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 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 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.

    Subscribe to our audio podcast at or via apple podcasts and wherever you gather your podcasting content.

  • 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".