November 22, 2023, marks 60 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the end of one of the era's biggest comedy acts. During Kennedy's term, Vaughn Meader’s impersonation of the president made him a household name. The comedy album "The First Family,” in which Meader uncannily played JFK, broke sales records and won the Grammy for Album of the Year. Meader's act was so convincing and edgy for the time, White House advisers actually worried about the public confusing him for the real thing. Mo tells the story of Vaughn Meader's brief and blazing time in the limelight and the long darkness that followed, alongside never-before-heard tape of Meader recorded shortly before his death. This episode originally published on January 17, 2019.

Comedian Vaughn Meader, mimicking President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Al Fenn/Getty Images)
American president John F Kennedy making a point during a press conference in the new State Department Auditorium in Washington. Original Publication: People Disc - HU0135 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)