Channeling the iconic voice of Morgan Freeman, comedian Frank Caliendo read LeBron James' open "I'm coming home" letter on ESPN’s "Mike & Mike" radio show
Caliendo read the letter James released when he announced he was leaving the Miami Heat to return to his hometown and the first NBA team he signed with, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a dead-on imitation of Freeman’s voice. Hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic covered their eyes and tried to contain their laughter for the nearly three minutes Caliendo read the letter with music from “Shawshank Redemption” playing in the background.
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Caliendo was on the “Mike & Mike” show to promote ESPN’s airing of “The Best and Worst of Frank Caliendo” on Friday at 6 p.m. EST.
Caliendo has made several appearance on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, impersonating different coaches and celebrities.
“I think Caliendo and his work has got a little bit of a bad rap with the entire Sunday morning NFL pregame show industry going in the tank the last few years,” wrote Matt Yoder for the website, Awful Announcing
. “When he’s on, his work is legitimately hilarious. That was the case Thursday morning on Mike & Mike. ... It is the most tremendous thing you will see today.”
Several media outlets posted Caliendo’s impression of Freeman on Twitter Thursday and others, not surprisingly, weighed in with their opinions, including Mike Golic’s wife, Christine.
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