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Headliner of State: Theodore Roosevelt (November 30, 2016)

Teddy Roosevelt believed in "the strenuous life," and part of that was the strain of having so damn much fun. Wherever TR went, laughter was sure to follow. Joe Wiegand (teddyrooseveltshow.com) is our excellent expert. As a "reprisor," Joe transforms himself into the president to educate and entertain audiences.


Headliner of State: John Quincy Adams (November 21, 2016)

Lots of people have given John Quincy Adams the title of America's greatest diplomat. But could he negotiate his way to the title of America's funniest president? Biographer James Traub ("John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit") is our excellent expert this week.


Headliner of State: Woodrow Wilson (November 17, 2016)

You can't deny that Woodrow Wilson was one of the most important presidents. But was he the funniest president? Andrew Phillips, the curator of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, is our excellent expert.


Bob Marley has a field day (11.17.16)

Bob is hands down one of our favorites. We talk about his blown opportunity to be the craisin guy, the time he got run over, his advice for people planning to move to Maine, and his family vacations.


Adam Ferrara builds a better joke (11.4.16)

Comedy is a process, and Adam has fascinating perspective on the building of a joke. Plus we're talking "Top Gear," getting tips for traveling, and mentioning Renaissance art. You know, same old same old.


Headliner of State: John Kennedy (October 24, 2016)

John F. Kennedy charmed voters, reporters and just about everyone he met with his quick wit and self-effacing jokes. Author Thomas Maier ("When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys," "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings") shares the humor of a remarkably charismatic president.


Headliner of State: Grover Cleveland (October 20, 2016)

Grover Cleveland must have been fun -- the guy won the popular vote three times. But was he funny? Sharon Farrell, the caretaker of the Cleveland Birthplace in New Jersey, is our special guest. She gives us a tour of both sides of Grover: The hard-working politician and lawyer, and the fun-loving man's man.


Headliner of State: Ronald Reagan (October 10, 2016)

Ronald Reagan was called the "Great Communicator," and a big part of that was humor. Whether he was explaining his philosophy, deflating an opponent or firing up a crowd, Reagan knew that a well-placed joke could make all the difference. Our guest? The great Reagan biographer Lou Cannon.


Headliner of State: John Tyler (October 4, 2016)

John Tyler is the answer to a few trivia questions: The first vice president promoted to the big job, the president with the most kids, and the only president who joined the Confederacy. But was he the funniest president? Professor Edward P. Crapol helps us find out.


Brian McDaniel brings it home (9.16.16)

The PG County native talks to us about his very eclectic and very cool career in the entertainment industry, from "TMZ" to a touring stand-up comedian.


Tony Perkins laughs it up (9.13.16)

You know him as a great newscaster. But did you know that he worked for a decade as a stand-up comedian? He stops into the Improv to tell us about his experiences on the DC comedy scene.


Sean Patton branches out (9.8.16)

The great storyteller tells us about his amazing comedic powers and shares a drinking story.


Headliner of State: Dwight Eisenhower (September 6, 2016)

We know that people liked Ike. But was comedy part of Dwight Eisenhower's appeal? Our guest is Michael Birkner, a history professor at Gettysburg College -- the very place where Eisenhower kept his offices after leaving the White House.


Roy Wood Jr. puts in the work (9.1.16)

People know Roy from "The Daily Show," but that's only the latest phase of his career. He's one of the great working road comics, who spent his 20s driving hundreds of thousands of miles to comedy gigs around the South and Midwest.


Headliner of State: Warren Harding (August 29, 2016)

Warren Harding was amazingly popular in his day. Was he also amazingly funny? We're joined by Sherry Hall, the site manager of the Harding Home Presidential Site in Marion, Ohio.


Headliner of State: Andrew Jackson (August 9, 2016)

Andrew Jackson has a reputation for killing ... but not in a comedic sense. He actually murdered a dude. So if we're looking at the comedy of Jackson, how does that work, exactly? Our guest is Michael Friedman, the composer and lyricist for the hit musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."


Headliner of State: James Buchanan (August 2, 2016)

James Buchanan didn't have much to laugh about as president, what with that whole "Civil War" thing starting on his watch. But how much has that one huge stain warped our view of POTUS No. 15? Patrick Clarke, the director of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, welcomes us into the historic home to talk about Buchanan's personality.


Headliner of State: Millard Fillmore (July 6, 2016)

Some presidents weren't all that funny in life ... but thanks to Twitter, they're cracking people up in death. Yes, there are people out there using Twitter to assume the identity of dead presidents, and we're talking to the guys behind @fillmoremillard.


Headliner of State: Thomas Jefferson (June 30, 2016)

LSU Professor Andrew Burstein, the author of "Democracy's Muse," joins us to talk about Jefferson -- and the ways TJ has been misunderstood over the last 200 years. It's a great discussion that might change the way you think about American history.


Headliner of State: Harry Truman (June 22, 2016)

Harry Truman might be one of the most likable presidents ... but does that mean he's also one of the funniest? Matthew Algeo, the author of "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure," is our guest.


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