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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 [...]

Louis C.K.'s 'Dianetics': Inside His Weird and Wild Three-Hour Radio Show

26 minutes into a three-hour advice show Louis C.K. hosted in 2007, a guy named Blake calls up. Blake says he’s driving solo from Dallas to Oklahoma City that night and wants to know if Louie is going to just keep fucking around, or if he actually has anything good planned. At the end of the three hours Blake calls again, about to arrive in Oklahoma City, and says it’s been an “amazing ride.” I want to argue that Blake is being an understating piece of shit here, because this show is like…well…it’s like… REALLY amazing! It’s like the most Louis C.K.-y thing ever, and on top of that: it’s good. [...]

Exploring the Lunacy of 'The Goon Show'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

It's summer, and for many that means travel. With that in mind, at various points throughout the season, I will be providing you, the [...]

Talking to Dave Hill About His New Radio Show on WFMU

Last month, Tom Scharpling ended his comedy radio program The Best Show on WFMU after 13 years, and comedian/musician/author Dave Hill was given his timeslot on listener-supported New Jersey station WFMU. Dave Hill's new show, aptly titled The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, is set to premiere tonight at 9pm EST. Hill has a lot planned for the new three-hour program, which will be a mix of comedy, music, listener calls, and guests.

I recently had the chance to chat with Hill about The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, trying to escape The Best Show's shadow, and writing his second book.

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 [...]

Standup, Storytelling and Radio Hosting with Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comic, the host of NPR’s live quiz show Ask Me Another, and a regular host and contributor to the popular live storytelling series The Moth. Somehow, she also managed write a memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, which was published last year and was quickly optioned for a feature film (the script is being written as we speak). Her new comedy album, Bangs!, is available on iTunes starting today. I spoke to the Canadian-born, New York-based comedian about giving accidental advice, storytelling versus joke telling, and living happily ever after.

Tell me about your new comedy album.

Well, [...]

The Golden Age of CB Radio, by Aboubacar Ndiaye

You may not know, it but for the past ten years or so, we have been living through a new golden age in the world of CB radio. Forty years ago, you could turn on your CB Radio, screw around with the dial a little bit, and listen to Big Cocker Jackson, Dakota Bull, and Ted Trouble 324 at their raucous, salacious best. Jellybean would come on at night and rill the boys up, and tell us about this or that strip club, and this or that truck stop, where the girls were easy and the beer was cheap. But then the '80s came with its media consolidation and [...]

A Look at 'I Love Lucy's Radio Roots

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

I'm no expert on writing snappy headlines to get attention, but as far as book titles go, Mr. And Mrs. Cugat: The Record Of [...]

Dave Hill's WFMU Show Will Be Called 'The Goddamn Dave Hill Show'; Debuts January 7th

Tom Scharpling's comedy radio show The Best Show on WFMU ended its amazing 13-year run on Tuesday, and last month, comedian Dave Hill was named as the person who will take over Scharpling's timeslot on New Jersey-based station WFMU. Now, we're starting to get more details about Hill's show. It'll be called The Goddamned Dave Hill Show, and it's set to debut on Tuesday, January 7th, airing each week in The Best Show's old slot from nine to midnight EST. The show will also be podcasted, and archives will be posted on WFMU's page for the show. The Goddamn Dave Hill Show will be recorded live, [...]

Dave Hill Will Take Over Tom Scharpling's 'Best Show' Slot on WFMU

Tom Scharpling announced last month that his beloved, long-running radio show/podcast The Best Show on WFMU will be ending its run on December 17th after 13 years on the air, and it looks like the station has found a replacement. New Jersey-based station WFMU has tapped comedian Dave Hill to take over the Tuesday 9pm to midnight slot currently occupied by Best Show, Current.org reports. Hill and WFMU station manager Ken Freedman are still figuring out exactly what the comedian's untitled show will be, but it may include interviews.

"I think he’s really funny,” Scharpling said of Hill. "I’ll support him however I can. My goal is [...]

Inside Portland's 'Live Wire! Radio'

Live Wire! is a radio variety show recorded weekly in Portland, Oregon and broadcast on public radio stations across the country. “Radio Variety That’s Like a Chew Toy for Your Brain,” the show features interviews, music, stand up comedy, sketch comedy, poetry, essays. The show is currently in its eleventh season and now hosted by Luke Burbank (host of the daily podcast Too Beautiful To Live and occasional Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me panelist) and distributed by PRI, it’s making an impression outside the Pacific Northwest. Courtenay Hameister has been with the show from the beginning as a writer, sketch comedy performer, and for many years, the host.

Currently the [...]

Listen to John Oliver and Howard Stern Have a Chat

Here's Howard Stern's interview with John Oliver from earlier today in its entirety, in which the duo discuss Oliver's difficult early days in show business, Ricky Gervais recommending him to The Daily Show, turning down a full-time job on Community to stay on Daily Show, and Last Week Tonight in depth.

(via Uproxx)

Stan Freberg's Long Career, in Short

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

You may not know the name Stan Freberg, but you've definitely felt his influence. His career has lasted decades, first breaking into show business as [...]

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 [...]