Comedian Joe Piscopo, a mainstay of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s, used to impersonate the legendary Frank Sinatra on the show. However, he was reluctant to take on the role initially because he revered Sinatra and did not want to offend him.

“People may not understand that when they asked me to do a Frank Sinatra impression on Saturday Night Live, I refused to do it,” he explained during the special. “I was steadfast because Frank Sinatra is the hero of my father, man. They were the same age, same generation, same greatness, they were Italian Americans from North Jersey, baby, I’m just saying. I had immense respect for Frank Sinatra.”

Ultimately, the impression was a hit and become one of Piscopo’s signature bits during his four years on SNL.

Piscopo is paying tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes by playing his favorite Sinatra songs along with personal commentary on Siriusly Sinatra (Ch. 71).

Hear Joe Piscopo: Playing Favorites starting 2/12 at 6 pm ET with replays 2/13 at 9 pm ET, 2/15 at 9 am ET and 2/17 at 3 pm ET on Siriusly Sinatra.

Click here to listen online to Siriusly Sinatra. 

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