Posted in music | radio on December 18, 2013

marquee from Toronto listening party & Tom's post-show Tweet...

If you had to estimate how much planning went into the final show, what would you be looking at?

It's hard to say. Jon [Wurster] and I talked about what the final bits would be for well over a month. And there were five people helping pull sound clips from the 13 years of the show for the audio collage. I have no idea how many actual hours, but it was a lot. I went into that show last night wanting it to be perfect, but that's an impossible goal. So I was kind of glad when I flubbed a cue on a record in the opening set and then had a technical problem with my headphones. Because after that it was impossible for the show to be "perfect."

Tell me about the decision to not include any in-studio guests for the final show.

As we were building up to the final show, I decided that we would have the second-to-last show be some version of the in-studio guest/all-star episode. But I wanted the final episode to be representative of what people would actually tune in to hear every week. If we did in-studio guests, it would've ultimately been a wake for the show, with everybody talking about what the show was to them. I wanted the final show to be an actual episode, not a retrospective. - [Grantland]

Tom Scharpling's much much much loved The Best Show on WFMU signed off last night (12/17) for good, and the final show was one that was so listened to it taxed WFMU's streaming servers (many people kept having their connections interrupted). And it actually even was trending on Twitter. There were also listening parties all over the country, and at least one in Canada -- check out the picture of the Toronto one above. In studio, meanwhile, it featured an appearance from frequent caller Philly Boy Roy who was on the run from the cops after crashing a helicopter into a sub shop. That, of course, is one of the many "Best Show" characters from Tom's comedy partner (and Superchunk drummer) Jon Wurster who also for the first time ever spoke on air not as a character.

Other highlights: Tom's headphones not working in a Murphy's Law moment ("of course this has to happen on the final show"); a crazy audio-montage of past hilarious moments while the heartbeat from Huey Lewis' "Heart Of Rock and Roll" beat throughout; and he closed out the show with Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme."

If you missed it -- or your connection cut out on you last night -- you can stream it below. In fact you can stream EVERY episode of "The Best Show on WFMU" at the station's archives. Ever heard the 2010 episode where Tom and John Hodgman drink soon-to-be-off-market Four Loko?

Dave Hill will soon be taking over the Tuesday 9 - Midnight slot on WFMU. Tom promises that he and Wurster will continue to work together. Meanwhile, stream the last "Best Show on WFMU" below...




Comments (24)

Nerd alert!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 7:20 PM


Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 7:36 PM

Amazing final episode. Exceeded all expectations.

Love you Tom, Jon and Mike!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 7:54 PM

Dude, that best of montage with that heartbeat. I was crying laughing.

I wasn't crying because it was the last episode though. Because I am a man. And that would have been an absolute pussy move.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 8:55 PM

Never got into this cause it was always on during Beatsinspace.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 9:14 PM

2014 newest auto key programmer

Posted by auto key programmer | December 18, 2013 9:42 PM

now where will the smarmy fan boys go to feel superior to other types of fan boys

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:23 PM

This feels like nerd shit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:32 PM

never heard of it

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:32 PM

Is this like the new version of monty python for sexless creeps?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:44 PM

10:23 I hope I never find out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:48 PM

there is the inexplicable longevity of little in joke catch phrases that fans repeat and circle jerk each other with, but MPFC had the ensemble cast, TBS is one guy with his main partner and other people doing cameos. this makes the fan boys (and girls) worse, because of how they suck up to Tom, even when he toys with all that. A MPFC superfan might focus on one member of the troupe, or just repeat lines from one skit, but they still would seem weird to other superfans if they lacked knowledge or interest regarding the other members and material.
the message board for this show had examples of how their superfandom could be seen as part of a broader disorder, like where people agreed that they themselves all had aspburger's
Tom seemed all too aware of this phenomenon, and used it in the audience call-in discussion segments, where he could initiate topics that would inevitably bring out the worst in people. since these callers were hopelessly devoted to Tom and his show, his rebukes to these wretched callers were elegant just desserts.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 10:59 PM

Why are flabby record collector types so drawn to this? I don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:00 PM

What the fuck is MPFC? Monty Python Football Club?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:04 PM

"What the fuck is MPFC? Monty Python Football Club?"

Flying Circus you dumb dildo

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:27 PM

There is a message board? Yikes. Good good, that must be one cavalcade of beta males.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:35 PM

*Special Announcement*

D has not been on this site for quite some time because he is busy instigating feuds on the best show forums. If you'd like to egg him on feel free to go there.

Posted by Brooklyn Vegan MGMT | December 18, 2013 11:43 PM

my favorite tale from TBS message boards was in some thread whose topic was to complain about whatever innocuous things annoy them.
This one guy went to a park with his girlfriend. A "hippy" was strumming his acoustic guitar. The guy (despite protests from his girlfriend that it's really okay) just has to go talk to him to try and get him to stop playing guitar in the park in the daytime. Guitar player tells him that he can play his guitar, don't try to stop him. Guy turns around for backup from his girlfriend to get the guitar player to stop playing, but she is already riding away on her bicycle. Guy is like, "nooo, come back! he must be stopped!"
I mean, anybody could have a bad day, but when there's a message board full of like minded people who can relate to your need to stop people from playing acoustic guitars in public parks, just go find other people to communicate with that will bring you back to reality, not enlarge the chip on your shoulder towards the world and life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2013 11:51 PM

11:43 PM, dude, seriously, grow the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:00 AM

that's a good place for him 11:43. he's right up there with Purple shirt and Raad man

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:02 AM

12:00 AM- You're one to talk.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:09 AM

11:51 so it's a bunch of socially awkward creeps?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 12:31 AM

11:43 PM, dude, seriously, grow the fuck up.

12 AM Learn to properly use your commas. Shit

Posted by 11:43 PM | December 19, 2013 12:53 AM

I expect very much

Posted by Ralph Lauren | March 10, 2014 11:09 PM

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