While traveling the country as an entertainer, I accidentally became a renowned expert on the United States presidents. I didn't mean for it to happen, but once you've visited every presidential grave site, the spirit of Chester A. Arthur appears in a cloud of smoke and imbues you with the mystic power of the Freemasons. You can't fight it.
My example will no doubt inspire you to embark on the same spiritual journey, so you can peruse my descriptions of every presidential site I've visited. (They're sorted by president.)
I also wrote a series of columns about the presidents for McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
And in 2016-17, I produced "Headliner of State," a podcast series searching for the funniest president of all time.
I continue to read about the presidents more than I should, and I'm even revisiting presidential sites. I tell myself it's because I have a better camera now, but let's be honest: I'm not well and I need help.
Get your learn on. Notes on all the presidential homes, birthplaces, graves and other things that I've visited. Organized by president, with photo illustrations when available.
Profound Questions About the Presidents
A long time ago the famous humor / publishing site McSweeney's had a contest searching for "columnists." I was among the first set of winners, and I contributed a bunch of pieces that tried to answer questions about the presidents.
In the near future I'll get the text of those columns on this site.
Headliner of State
Who is the funniest president of all time? That question inspired a 2016-17 podcast series, produced by the DC Improv with the assistance of narrator Jared Stern. Each episode brings in an expert to discuss the personality and humor of a different president, as well as how comedy works at the presidential level.