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The Other Side is the official podcast of a great comedy club, the DC Improv.

May 9, 2016

The search for the funniest president continues!

James K. Polk is legendary for getting stuff done -- his four years in office featured a war with Mexico and tremendous territorial expansion of the United States. But did Polk do it with a smile?

John Bicknell, the author of "America 1844," joins us to chat about the 11th president. We talk about Polk's legendary work ethic, what made him so driven, and whether humor EVER found its way into his White House. He won one election as a dark horse ... is there any chance he'll be elected funniest president?

MUSIC: Hail Columbia, "Charlie Horse" by Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra, "Tennessee Twilight" by the Eddie Condon Orchestra