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Chicago-born comedian and celebrity impressionist Frank Caliendo is a comedy genius, famous for his countless, hilarious appearances on Frank TV, Fox NFL Sunday, MADtv, The Late Show with David Letterman and more.

Caliendo is also a favorite at the Paramount, where his high-energy blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories always start at a frenetic pace and never let up.

Come laugh out loud at Caliendo’s dead-on takes on Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Jay Leno and Robert DeNiro, politicians Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, and TV broadcasters John Madden, Charles Barkley and Dr. Phil. His impressions, jokes and observations about life will have you in stitches. Best of all, you can bring the kids because Caliendo’s shows are clean and family-friendly.

So whether you’re a sports fan, a political analyst or just love to laugh, Frank Caliendo’s only Chicago-area stop this fall is a can’t-miss. Tickets are $50 and $60. To purchase, visit, call the box office at (630) 896-6666, or stop by the www.Paramount Theatre box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

About Frank Caliendo

Born in Chicago and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, comedian, actor and impressionist Frank Caliendo has been making people laugh his entire life, popular for his high-energy style that the Hollywood Reporter called “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.” He was an 11-year veteran of television sketch comedy as a cast member on Madtv and star of his own series Frank TV. His own comedy specials run regularly on TBS and Comedy Central and he is a regular on such talk shows as The View, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. After a 10-year run on the FOX NFL Sunday Pregame Show, Caliendo has a new home over at ESPN, where he joined Sunday NFL Countdown.

With ESPN’s plethora of strong personalities, Caliendo has added a new set of highly entertaining sports persona to his already vast arsenal of impressions, including analysts like Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper, Jr., Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, Coach Mike Ditka, Adam Schefter and Chris “Boomer” Berman. Beyond ESPN’s NFL show, Frank’s segments have appeared on SportsCenter and his Gruden QB Camp segments and Super Bowl Richard Sherman 30 for 30 mocumentary have gone viral across the web. For more information, visit

Frank Caliendo at the Paramount is sponsored by Holiday Inn & Suites Aurora-Naperville and Sikich.

More about Paramount’s 2017-18 season

Frank Caliendo is just one of many nationally known artists performing on Paramount’s beautiful, 1,888-seat stage this season.

Tickets are also on sale for the international percussion sensation STOMP (November 1), Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl (November 3), An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth (November 4), Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole featuring Evan Tyrone Martin (Jesus in Paramount's 2017 smash hit Jesus Christ Superstar, November 5), The Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show (December 1-23 in the Copley Theatre), Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular: The Birthday Edition (January 11), Las Vegas’s #1 ventriloquist Terry Fator (January 20), the incredible magic of Penn & Teller (March 23), Chicago’s own Jersey boys Under the Streetlamp (two shows, March 24), country music star Scotty McCreery (March 25), Shen Yun 2018 (April 5-8), late night comedy legend Jay Leno (April 13), Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine featuring Angela Ingersoll (June 10) and the world’s #1 Bee Gees tribute band Stayin’ Alive (June 15).

These special nights are in addition to Paramount’s 2017-18 Broadway Series: Million Dollar Quartet (September 13-October 29), Elf: The Musical (November 22-January 7), Cabaret (February 7-March 18) and Once (April 25-June 3).

More than 33,000 subscribers are taking advantage of Paramount’s “Buy Two, Get Two” offer, with four-play packages starting as low as $72. For tickets, subscriptions and more information, go to, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.

About the Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre (, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in the heart of downtown Aurora, is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in the second largest city in Illinois. The 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre is nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, historic beauty and superb acoustics.

Designed by renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, the Paramount Theatre is graced with a beautiful Venetian decor and a strong 1930s Art Deco influence. The Paramount opened on September 3, 1931. It was the first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago, and presented "talking pictures," vaudeville, concerts and circus performances for over 40 years. In 1976, the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA) restored the Paramount to its original grandeur. The Paramount Arts Centre reopened in 1978, offering a variety of touring theatrical, musical, comedy, dance and family programming. In 2006, a 12,000-square-foot, two-story Grand Gallery lobby was added including a Grand Staircase, new box office, café and art gallery.

In 2010, ACCA hired Tim Rater as President and CEO of the Paramount Theatre. Rater’s mission was to radically boost the theater’s programming and audience base by transforming the Paramount into one of Chicago’s top self-producing, professional Equity musical theaters. Rater hired award-winning Chicago director Jim Corti as the Paramount’s first-ever artistic director. In 2011, the Paramount introduced its inaugural four-play Broadway Musical Series with Corti’s critically acclaimed production of My Fair Lady.

In just six blockbuster seasons since, Paramount has leapt to the top of Chicago’s musical theater scene, winning unanimous audience and critical acclaim, and an unprecedented number of Joseph Jefferson nominations and awards, including Best Musical-Large for the past two consecutive seasons. Today, more than 33,000 subscribers from throughout the city and suburbs enjoy Paramount’s Broadway-quality productions at highly affordable prices, making the Paramount the third largest subscription house in the nation.

In addition to its Broadway Musical Series, Paramount continues to present an eclectic array of internationally known comedians, music stars, dance events and family shows, and on most Mondays, screens a classic movie for just $1.

The Paramount Theatre is one of three live performance venues programmed and managed by the ACCA, which also oversees the Paramount’s “sister” stage, the intimate, 173-seat Copley Theatre located directly across the street from the Paramount at 8 E. Galena Blvd., as well as RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora’s summer outdoor concert venue at 360 N. Broadway.

The Paramount Theatre continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Tim Rater, President and CEO, Aurora Civic Center Authority; Jim Corti, Artistic Director, Paramount Theatre; a dedicated Board of Trustees and a devoted staff of live theater and music professionals.

For more, visit or call (630) 896-6666.