Posted in comedy | music | radio on October 30, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

best show

Ladies and gentlemen, last night the great Tom Scharpling announced that he will be shutting down the venerable Best Show on WFMU radio show after 13 incredible years. At the tail end of last night's episode Tom dropped the painful and, to many, literally tear-inducing shit-bomb of an announcement to his legions of admirers that The Best Show will cease transmission forever more after the December 17, 2013 installment. Tom has threatened a Best Show shutdown several times over the years; sometimes petulantly, sometimes jokingly. But there can be no mistaking the earnestness of last night's declaration. Most people who didn't hear the news live last night most certainly heard the news from Splitsider who seemingly broke the story first. Splitsider summarizes:

For the uninitiated, The Best Show is a weekly comedy/music radio show that Tom Scharpling started out of New Jersey in October of 2000 before the program grew a devoted international audience thanks to it being released online in podcast form. Clocking in at three hours each week, Best Show finds Scharpling taking listener calls, playing music, doing popular pre-written bits with his comedy partner Jon Wurster, and playing host to a slew of comedy and music elite as guests like regulars Patton Oswalt, Aimee Man, and John Hodgman.
Tom Scharpling is one of my personal heroes, most notably for his role as one of the key figures in bridging the gap between comedy and music. And the bits he and Jon Wurster spawned are without exaggeration some of the funniest moments of comedy I have ever experienced in any environment. I simply don't have the brain power to adequately tell you how important a show The Best Show is and on how many different levels it has played a role in the evolution of music and comedy. It's insane. And he did it all for free. And I am a card carrying Friend Of Tom and listen to his show as religiously as I can. Call-ins are a huge part of the show, yet I've never indulged. With 7 shows left, it seems I must surely seize the opportunity and make myself heard at least once before he's gone.

Meanwhile, while Tom says goodbye to radio, let's not forget that he is one of the more sought after music video creators of our time. He's also working with BV favorite Chris Gethard for something they're developing for IFC. Tom's future is wide open, and I predict only a preposterous amount of success.

Below find one of my favorite Scharpling and Wurster bits turned into a great song by Klaus favorite Ted Leo.

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Comments (31)

Newbridge will live on forever. Thanks for everything, Tom & Jon.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 4:57 PM

best radio show ever

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 5:02 PM

wait whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 5:02 PM

Don't worry they won't bring backk this show but they'll pay to syndicate NPR shows for $1-3 a year......

Douches

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 5:04 PM

Don't worry they won't bring back this show but they'll pay to syndicate NPR shows for $1-$3 million a year......

Douches

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 5:10 PM

Tom scharpling was one of the best to ever do it. Really gonna miss this.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 5:18 PM

Tom is a funny guy by himself, but the show has been on auto pilot for years... lame Wurster bits, boring Dave from Knoxville calls, podcast "comedians", over and over and over.... The only thing sad about this is the income WFMU will lose for their pledge drive.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 5:59 PM

Wow real cool to not write a piece about Pat Duncan who was on WFMU for almost triple the amount of time this guy was on. Yeah, this Best Show guy going off the air for a paid gig with a nationwide cable tv channel, waaaa my heart weeps for him.

Real cool of WFMU to take Pat off the air for what reason?

Posted by D | October 30, 2013 8:04 PM

Nobody gives a fuck about Pat Duncan, troll. Thus, no article!

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 8:14 PM

Yeah, this Best Show guy going off the air for a paid gig with a nationwide cable tv channel, waaaa my heart weeps for him.

>> Yes because people should only devote themselves to time consuming endeavors that pay no money.. How dare they get paid after 13 years !

Tom had the most popular show in WFMU history shown very clearly during the pledge drive when he brings in more $ than pretty much the rest of the DJs combined

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 8:56 PM

Tom is a funny guy by himself, but the show has been on auto pilot for years... lame Wurster bits, boring Dave from Knoxville calls, podcast "comedians", over and over and over.... The only thing sad about this is the income WFMU will lose for their pledge drive.

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so basically you are saying you still tune in every week.. and all the things you liked about the show, you now cant stand ?

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 8:59 PM

8:14pm Actually fuckstick, people do/did, just not herbass BV and you.

Posted by D | October 30, 2013 11:15 PM

I want to find a recording of the show he declined to keep in the archives, from 2006 or thereabouts, when he kept screaming "I HATE YOU!" at Captain Jack. Still the finest moment, right up there with the on air kidney stone attack.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 11:46 PM

"8:14pm Actually fuckstick, people do/did, just not herbass BV and you."

Yeah, no. Nobody does.

Well, literally, maybe, 5 or 6 people, care. So saying 'nobody' is an exaggeration. Apologies.

But still, no. Fuck him. Sorry you're butt hurt. But go ahead and start a blog and masturbate your Pat Duncan love all over yourself for the 5 or 6 fans.

I am sorry you're so angry and revere dumb people :(

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 11:56 PM

Culdesac radio show from calebs free range garage. Fucking lamesters. This aint pennsyltucky no jobhaving trust funders!

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2013 11:59 PM

Pat Duncan sounds like the Doors Project guy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:11 AM

11:56pm Who the fuck are you to say?

Fuck Pat Duncan? Fuck you! What, he didn't play your shitass band's record or let your shitass band play his show? Eat a dick you little bitch.

The only dumbshit between me, Pat, and you is you.

Posted by D | October 31, 2013 5:05 AM

^ Btw you have no clue about Pat and are just talking out your ass to say shit to me.

Put your real name down here so I can be anonymous and hopefully run into you then knock you out in the real world one day.

Posted by D | October 31, 2013 5:08 AM

The Gorch will love on in our hearts forever.

Posted by you munch | October 31, 2013 8:33 AM

Poor D. So tough. So mad.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 11:41 AM

All right, look. Me and Pat had a long 'partnership' and I take it a little personally when he doesn't get the credit he deserves.

Posted by D | October 31, 2013 11:53 AM

Homosexual

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 11:56 AM

^ Wishful thinking on your part, you fucking coward.

11:41pm You're sad. I punked you out.

Posted by D | October 31, 2013 1:56 PM

Hey, Mike? Can you pull of Miles Davis's Pangaea from the library, please?

Posted by miles davis | October 31, 2013 2:54 PM

Hi, I'm Dennis!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 2:58 PM

The saps dismissing The Best Show on this post did not earn their beards. Thank you Tom, Mike, John, Gary the Squirrel and all of the many friends and listeners of The Best Show for the mirth, music and mayhem throughout the years. Now can we just get Merle Allin to call in before the show ends?

Good guys win!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 11:46 PM

Do you like puppy dogs?

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 12:32 AM

12:32 - do you HAVE puppy dogs

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 10:46 AM

HI IM DENNIS

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 9:01 PM

This doesn't affect me in anyway because Nat Roe is still on.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 9:12 PM

We all learning a lot of things because we wanted to be somebody else.

Posted by Green Water Technologies | January 7, 2014 2:01 AM

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