Frank Caliendo does his best Glenn



Frank Caliendo

GLENN: Frank Caliendo is on the phone right now. And, Frank, are you in Vegas?

CALIENDO: Yeah. I'm actually -- I'm at the Monte Carlo right now, actually.

GLENN: Now, I've got to -- I have a friend -- I don't know what's wrong with our connection, Stu, but -- can we turn the phone down, please? I have a friend who went to your show in Vegas and apparently you were -- he says you were making fun of me.

CALIENDO: Yeah, definitely.

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

CALIENDO: I actually enjoy you. I know that sounds weird from somebody who may have worked -- works in Hollywood some, but, no. I -- well, what I do is I talk -- I tend to do the opposite of what you do. No, no. I mean that in a good way. My job as a -- this isn't going well, is it? I feel like -- I feel like when I'm watching you in O'Reilly and you turn to the camera and make one of those faces, like, what, and then point to him, it's -- my job in Vegas, especially, is to make people forget about, you know, a lot of the stuff, which you -- one thing that you've really done for me is I read books about the Constitution and stuff like that, I had never done before. I just assumed everything was okay. I kind of did that an purpose with Bush because -- with George Bush, it was such a gravy train for me that if I didn't pay attention, I couldn't take sides, you know. So, really, that was my -- that was my mantra is if I didn't know what was going on, I really, you know -- because I would have people come up to me at the same show and go, You love President Bush, don't you, and I would go, Uh, and then at the same show, people would come up to me and go, You hate that guy, don't you? And that's kind of what I strived for.

GLENN: Quite honestly, that's why I like the Simpsons, because I know -- they can wreck my side, but they come right back and they'll wreck the other side and I think that's great.

CALIENDO: Yeah, and I don't -- one thing, because I told my brother that -- my brother I was going on the show. He's, like, That guy is crazy. He's constantly crying. I'm, like, well, I don't think he's always crying. I think that's -- I've been working -- well, here's what the -- here's what the bit is in the show. Well, I've started -- because to ease the tensions with people, because I found that, um, I would say something about, you know -- I would say, here's -- I really miss -- I was watching President Obama the other day and I really miss President Bush and it gets a mixed reaction. Now, the reaction's changed quite a bit. So, what I had to do was I had to go to -- we're very divided, I would say, right after that. We've got -- I'm going to separate you guys. MSNBC audience over here. FOX News people over here. It's Olberman versus O'Reilly. Let me tell you something, brother! So, I did that and then one show there was just a guy who just kept going, You forgot about Glenn Beck! And I was -- I go, Okay. We've got Glenn Beck guy over here. And he's, like, It's a conspiracy! They've got to watch him with one hand and they're doing something with the other! So, that was the whole beginning.

GLENN: Wait a minute. That doesn't sound -- that doesn't sound anything like me!

CALIENDO: It's the Glenn Beck guy. It's a guy who loves --

GLENN: The Glenn Beck guy. Okay.

CALIENDO: No. I've been working on the Glenn Beck a little bit. It's -- when you get excited -- the excited -- that's the first thing that you pick on when you do impressions, is you find the more, you know, caricature part of the person because you will be very -- when you're serious and really intense about something, you will -- you'll repeat it, but then what will happen is it will die down, you'll sigh, and then you'll tell a personal antidote. So --

GLENN: There's a formula to me?

CALIENDO: Well, there's a formula to everybody. But there's a thing where you --

GLENN: Wait, wait, wait. This is going to drive me crazy now. I have to know what it is again. I get excited, I repeat it.

CALIENDO: You get excited and you repeat things. So, you'll be, like -- you'll be intense: Barack Obama wants to fundamentally transform this country. Transform it into what? Transform it into what? (Sighing.) You know, I was with my nephew the other day. And then you'll somehow say something about Goldline or Crisis Garden and then at the end you'll be, like, how did he just do that? Write a book about it. Even Dr. Phil is going, How does this guy take the name of (inaudible.) So, it's -- I'm only about a quarter of the way there, but it is amazing --

GLENN: That's great. That's great.

CALIENDO: -- (inaudible.) I was outside the show last night with some -- in the Vegas show, I have a -- I have a band. So, I'm telling them and they're -- a couple of the guys are very liberal in the band and I was just, like -- I was doing this and they're, like, That is perfect. I am hating you so much right now.

GLENN: (Laughter.)

CALIENDO: It was pretty fun. I mean, but it is -- you know, you're one of those types of people that, you know, if I could get that, that will -- you know, that impression would be really big. Like a lot of sports fans, you know, the sports people, like I waited for Barkley. I shouldn't say I waited. Once Charles Barkley got into commercials and stuff like that, that was where it really hit for me because you don't -- if you're in commercials, you don't just hit one audience. You're in commercials throughout the day on different programming and then, you know, Barkley is all based on the word "terrible." Charles Barkley, when he says something is terrible, Oh, that was terrible. That's a terrible, terrible thing. You know, where do the vowels go in that word? You know. So -- I mean, but for me it's all formula. It's always, you know --

GLENN: So, in other words, so the formula on Charles Barkley is just the word "terrible"?

CALIENDO: No. He -- well, he does different things and there's different things with you, too. These are just the first things I pick up is, like, he will pretend to like something, just so he can rip them to shreds right after that. It would be, like, I love Jabbar. He's kind and decent, but he's a terrible, terrible triple ding-dong knucklehead and he always sounds hungry. That's why everything relates to food, you know. It's like -- you know, speaking of Ding Dongs, I'm hungry right now. That sounds pretty good.

Like Bush, Bush would get to the end of a sentence, he couldn't think of that last word and you find yourself kind of rooting for him to get it. It was like the Water Boy, like, You can do it, you know. He's talking about terrorists and stuff and he's, like, These terrorists, these guys are, these guys are, these guys are bad. You're trying to --

GLENN: (Laughter.)

CALIENDO: -- but that took too long. I've been working on the Obama impression. I don't have the voice down yet.

PAT: No one does. No one has him down.

GLENN: How is it -- how is it that no one does anything on Barack Obama?

CALIENDO: Well, it started -- I mean, when I first started, it didn't work at all. It was very difficult. He tied it into a lot of different things. Again, we started out in my watching politics at all like Clinton was the smooth guy, right? You know, he could talk -- Bill Clinton could stand in front of you right now and look you directly in the eye and say, I am not here, you do not see me, and, you know -- and he would get away with it.

Bush, you know, we talked about that. So, he was kind of the regular guy. Of course, we get tired of types. So, we started out with Slick Willie, we went to Bush, the regular guy. People got tired of that. Now we're back to the slick-talking Obama-type deal which leads me to believe our next President is going to be, like, Get her done. So --

GLENN: I think you're right. You think you're right. After the first term of Obama which I predict will last 25 years --

CALIENDO: 25 years! You know, I was with my cousin the other day --

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.