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Jake Fogelnest Pens Spin's Great Ode to Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster and The Best Show

As part of the Patton-Oswalt-edited comedy issue of Spin magazine, there's a lengthy profile of Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster and The Best Show penned by Jake Fogelnest. It is really excellent! For both Friends of Tom and those unfamiliar with The Best Show and the fictional town of Newbridge, it's a great look at the genesis of the show and why it's so unique, even in today's podcast-saturated world. Here's a taste:

My entry point to The Best Show was the same as that of many other longtime fans — a self-released 1997 cassette called Rock, Rot & Rule, a 45-minute phone interview between Scharpling and [...]