Marc Bernardin
November 05, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EST

Remember vaudeville? Yeah, me neither. You know why? Because it’s a form of comedy that has become extinct. There actually used to be TV shows featuring a ventriloquist and his dummy. Not any more.

Humor evolves. What we found hilarious 25 years ago induces yawns today.

So can someone explain this:

It’s a dude who can do voices. Near as I can tell, that’s it. Passable impersonations of people we’ve heard done for years: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, George Bush. And, lo, Frank Caliendo gets himself a TV show (debuting Nov. 20 on TBS).Which I will never watch. Because I don’t live in the main ballroom of the Sands Hotel and Casino circa 1967.

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