George Bush, Al Pacino, Donald Trump Hawk DISH Network


These are really, really bad! No, wait, these are really, really good! No wait....damn it, we're conflicted about this new DISH Network work sent to us from Fueld (yes, that's spelled correctly) Films. In the three commercials, comedian Frank Caliendo takes on the personas of Al Pacino, Donald Trump and George Bush. He does a fairly good job but we're not sure these commercials sold us anything.

We haven't run to the phone to sign up for DISH. We haven't raced to the DISH Network website to check out their offering. No. We're still just sitting here deciding if we should be amused or guilty for not at least caring what DISH was offering in the commercials. Then again, we do have a mild case of ADD so we're no judge on this sort of "retention" thing.

Oh, and who the hell puts up videos that require the download of the Windows Media Plug-in for Firefox? Every other site out there with video seems to manage just fine without this added headache. Thankfully, the videos were sent to us so we could upload them to a "normal" video site where you can watch them without having to download yet another browser plug-in.

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Good   

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Shouldn't it be "comedian" Frank Caliendo? How this guy gets payed for this shtick is beyond me.

Posted by: Speener on March 18, 2008 5:42 PM

Reminds me occasionally of the great Albert Brooks routine in which he plays a comedian who can do only one imitation, Ed Sullivan. A talent scout sees him and asks him if he can do other imitations as well. Naturally Albert says, "Of course." He gets signed to do a TV show where he imitates Kirk Douglas, Jimmy Cagney, James Stewart--but in each imitation it is Ed Sullivan imitating them.
Caliendo does one imitation very well, but I am not sure who it was.

Posted by: Tom Messner on March 20, 2008 1:31 PM

"Caliendo does one imitation very well..."

Two, actually - George W. Bush and John Madden.
Nobody does them better. Madden can't even do Madden as good as Caliendo does.

Posted by: Kevin Horne on March 23, 2008 1:14 PM