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ESPN’s fake Richard Sherman documentary is notable mostly for its whiteness

What would a 30-for-30 doc on Richard Sherman look like?


Chase Hoffberger

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 4, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 7:25 pm CDT

What if I told you that ESPN’s Frank Caliendo has grown so obsessed with impersonating his colleagues that he’s turned to producing fake documentaries about sports figures just so that he can step into the shoes of Mike Ditka and Jon Gruden?

What if I told you that Richard Sherman’s post-game interview with Erin Andrews two weeks ago has become so fabled that ESPN’s Frank Andrews is producing fake documentaries about how it might propel Sherman’s entire life?

What if I told you that Frank Caliendo’s depiction of the fictionalized world in which we live post-Richard Sherman interview has made clear that ESPN staffs entirely too many aging white males in prominent roles, despite what Sage Steele’s and JA Adande’s presences might imply?

What if I told you that … well, you get the point.

Frank Caliendo’s 3:47 30 For 30-style mockumentary of the Richard Sherman interview finds the short, stocky comedian playing Andy Reid, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Jim Harbaugh, Mike Ditka, Bill Belichick, Adam Schefter, Chris Berman, Mel Kiper Jr., George Bush, and Bill Clinton in a series of interviews that begin with small fables of Sherman’s prowess and ends with Ron Jaworski declaring him America’s best president. 

It’s funny and stupid at the same time, like everything Frank Caliendo’s ever done.

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*First Published: Feb 4, 2014, 12:25 pm CST