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Tom Scharpling's 'The Best Show' Returns Tomorrow at 9:00pm

The return of Tom Scharpling's Best Show just got a premiere date. In a Twitter update today, Scharpling revealed that his hit radio show will return on its new home at thebestshow.net tomorrow at 9:00pm. Here's what Scharpling had to say about reviving The Best Show online in our interview with him last week:

We’ll find out what we can do with this other area that we haven’t had a chance to explore. I really want to make a run at it and see what it can be. See what I can turn this thing into. I feel like I pushed pretty hard on the show in [...]

'The Best of The Best Show' Boxed Set Comes Out in March

Not long after announcing the return of his long-running music/comedy radio show The Best Show, Tom Scharpling has revealed another secret project today — a boxed set with over 20 hours of his calls with Jon Wurster from 2000-2013. Called Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of The Best Show, the boxed set includes over 75 calls between Scharpling and Wurster (including over 50 unreleased calls) on both USB and 16 CDs and a hardcover book with essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham, Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk, and a definitive Best Show interview with Scharpling and Wurster conducted by Jake Fogelnest. The set — which [...]

Inside the Last Days of 'The Best Show' with Tom Scharpling

In October, Tom Scharpling announced that his long-running comedy/music radio show, The Best Show on WFMU, would be ending its run tonight after 13 years on the air. Since it began, two presidential administrations ago as Scharpling often reminds listeners, The Best Show has become a staple of the comedy world with people like Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Tim & Eric, and tons more having become regular guests and fans of the program, which was doing what podcasts do but better years before podcasts were even a thing. On top of the show being a nonstop parade of some of the biggest names in comedy, Scharpling taking calls from [...]

Watch Jon Wurster in a Music Video Jon Glaser Directed for Bob Mould

Here's a new music video for Bob Mould's "Star Machine" that premiered on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday evening. It stars the very funny Jon Wurster, of Superchunk and The Best Show on WFMU fame, in a crappy wig and was directed by Delocated's Jon Glaser, who is pulling a Tom Scharpling by being a comedian who directs funny music videos with funny people in them for cool musicians.

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 [...]

Strapped In, Helmet On: Tom Scharpling Talks the New 'Best Show'

The last thing listeners heard during the final episode of The Best Show on WFMU was Black Flag’s “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie” — a sign-off but not exactly a goodbye. For several months, fans of the program wondered what host Tom Scharpling would do next. The answer is a revived Best Show, debuting soon on TheBestShow.net rather than the New Jersey radio station on which it aired for more than a decade.

The original Best Show combined the call-in talk format with written segments by Scharpling and comedy partner (slash indie rock drummer) Jon Wurster. In the course of a typical episode, Scharpling would hang up on a series [...]

Scharpling & Wurster Are Releasing a Vinyl LP of 'Rock, Rot & Rule' for Record Store Day

Record Store Day, the annual event to celebrate international record stores, is happening on April 19th, and Best Show on WFMU comedy duo Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are putting out a red vinyl EP of their first phone call, "Rock, Rot & Rule." Originally recorded pre-Best Show in 1997, the call features Wurster playing an obnoxious rock critic named Ronald Thomas Clontle who published a controversial book called Rock, Rot & Rule that lists whether every artist in music rocks, rots, or rules. The limited-edition red vinyl will be available in independent record stores, with only 1000 copies having been printed. A standard black edition is set to [...]

10 Comedy Podcasts That Would Make Great TV Shows

TV is Dead, Long Live TV. While television is rapidly decaying on the business end of things, simultaneously it is consistently evolving, more artistically challenging and even auteur-friendly, and that is partially thanks to the infiltration of comedy podcasts. Some shows try to incorporate some of the DNA of their pods to the small screen, like Comedy Bang Bang and The Nerdist, while standups like Nikki Glaser, Sara Schaefer, and Pete Holmes have parlayed their numerous hours behind podcast mics into late night hosting gigs. Maron, premiering tomorrow, would never have become a reality if it weren't for his years hosting WTF with Marc Maron, the popular interview podcast that [...]

Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster Walk You Through Their Best 'Best Show' Bits

The AV Club has a nice long interview with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster today, as the duo walks us through their favorite bits from The Best Show on WFMU. It's an in-depth look into Scharpling and Wurster's calls, which have consistently been the source of some of the funniest comedy in the past 12 years. It's worth the read whether you voted for Philly Boy Roy or not.

Jon Wurster: Musician, Comedian, Renaissance Man

Friend-of-Splitsider Joe Berkowitz has a great piece in the latest Village Voice on musicians who crossover into comedy. Specifically, he focuses on Jon Wurster, who drums for Superchunk and The Mountain Goats while also teaming up with Tom Sharpling on The Best Show on WFMU. Essentially, jerks like Wurster are not content being talented and successful in one field, so they show off and succeed in another as well. Save some for the rest of us, ya dicks.

Watch Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster's Newbridge Tourism Ad

On Tuesday at 4:00am, Adult Swim aired the above tourism ad by Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster for Newbridge, the fictional New Jersey town from The Best Show. The ad features Scharpling, Wurster, Julie Klausner, Rob Cuthill, special guest Gilbert Gottfried (in a clip from Newbridge's own "Comedians in Cargo Shorts Getting Custard"), and a comprehensive look at Newbridge's many businesses, adult businesses, recently changed racist sports team name, pebble trash cans, and Barry Dworkin's latest single.

Saying Goodbye to 'The Best Show on WFMU'

After 13 years, Tom Scharpling's influential comedy/music radio show The Best Show on WFMU came to an end last night, with one final three-hour installment that featured a lot of firsts (and lasts) for the program.

After Scharpling was sabotaged by a pair of bad headphones right off the bat, he kicked off a jam-packed goodbye show (which you can listen to here) by taking a string of calls that resulted in him doing a lot of what he does best: talking to kids, getting frustrated by a bunch of lunkheads, and Bad Company-ing his last caller. We also got final visits from Gary the Squirrel and newly-married [...]

The Best Show on WFMU's Fundraising Marathon Begins Tonight

The Best Show on WFMU, Tom Scharpling's hilarious radio show/podcast, holds an annual pledge drive every March to keep the show and its independent, listener-supported station, WFMU, afloat. This year's fundraising marathon, TomThon 2013, kicks off tonight at 9pm Eastern on WFMU and goes till midnight. You can listen live on WFMU.org or on the radio at 91.1 in New York or 90.1 in the Hudson Valley. Julie Klausner will be joining Scharpling in the studio tonight, and next Tuesday's show will be the second part of the big pledge drive. To pledge, email your name, address, and amount to toms@wfmu.org during the show tonight. Here's the prizes that are in [...]

Talking to Tom Scharpling, Host of The Best Show on WFMU

Tom Scharpling is a guy with a lot of irons in the fire. Not only is he the director of a recent string of popular music videos, but he’s also working on a new TV project for Comedy Central, maintaining a funny and inventive Twitter feed, writing a new album with comedy partner Jon Wurster, and, of course, hosting the weekly three-hour radio program The Best Show on WFMU. I’m exhausted just typing all that. Given his busy schedule, it was super nice of Tom Scharpling to take the time to talk to me about the plethora of projects he currently has going, how much of the banned alcoholic [...]