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CategorySpin gives big love to Tom and Jon in new issue! October 18th, 2011 by Scharpling & Wurster

Jake Fogelnest wrote a nice feature on Tom and Jon in the current issue of Spin magazine. The issue was guest edited by Patton Oswalt.

Here ’tis:

Scharpling and Wurster in Spin

CategoryScharpling directs new Stepkids video! October 18th, 2011 by Scharpling & Wurster

Tom continues his hot streak by directing “Legend in My Own Mind”– the new video by the Stepkids. It features “Daily Show” regular Wyatt Cenac and comedian Kurt Braunohler!

“Legend In My Own Mind”

CategoryA treasure trove of new Best Show Gems! September 18th, 2011 by Scharpling & Wurster

Best Show Gems archivist /producer Martin DeGrell has been posting tons of classic Scharpling & Wurster bits these last few weeks! If I were you I’d place everything on the back burner, put those dogs up on the ottoman of your choosing and settle in for several days worth of S&W magic!

Best Show Gems

CategoryTom directs new Ettes video! September 12th, 2011 by Roger Devlin

Tom recently directed a video for the Ettes song, “Wicked Will.” The video features Patton Oswalt and a whole load of craziness. Here ’tis!

CategoryJon Wurster in-store in Columbus, OH on April 11! April 6th, 2011 by Roger Devlin

If you live in the Columbus, Oh area please pop in and say “hello” to Jon on April 11th. Before taking the stage with the Mountain Goats at the Wexner Center Jon will be on hand in the venue’s store to sign whatever it is you may want him to sign (NO ARCHITECTURAL BLUEPRINTS, PLEASE). The in-store happens from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Wexner Center store.

Jon Wurster at Wexner Center

CategoryThe Danny Aiello Songbook March 31st, 2011 by Wes

Millions know and love Danny Aiello as an actor, singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. What few know is that The Man With The Silky Smooth Speaking Voice is the owner of one of the largest catalogs of pop music, having steadily acquired the publishing rights to a number of hit songs over the years. Read up on the history of some of the crown jewels of the Danny Aiello Songbook. More…

Joe Berkowitz wrote a nice article for the Village Voice about Jon and the rock/comedy connection.
And you can read it here!

CategoryThe return of the Music Scholar! March 3rd, 2011 by Roger Devlin

About ten years ago music critic Charles R. Martin called the Best Show to talk to Tom about his illustrious career in the rock ‘n’ roll trenches (he saw the Beatles as a child and deemed them inconsequential and pandering/he gave up on music in the late nineties and listened only to “air mixes” before falling for the sweet sounds of Limp Bizkit and Creed). Though Martin’s call became one of the most beloved moments in Best Show history, he was never heard from again…til now.

The return of the Music Scholar

(This personalized recording was a WFMU Marathon prize won by Mackro last year. He has been kind enough to share it here.)

People! The WFMU Marathon begins today. There would be no Best Show nor Scharpling and Wurster if it wasn’t for WFMU. Please show your love for the Best Show by making a donation on March 1 and March 8 between 9:00 PM-12:00 AM. There’s a fabulous premium waiting for you if you do:

The Best Show On WFMU with Tom Scharpling Presents Don’t Stop Me Now 2011 Best Show Fantasy Pack

A T-shirt! A poster! And a vinyl 7″ with exclusive tracks by big acts recorded just for this premium! Our best yet! (Sizes available: M, LG, XL, XX)

PLEDGE NOW!

Check out the video Tom wrote and directed for the New Pornographers song “Moves.” It stars Jon as lead singer Carl Newman, Kevin Corrigan as Dan Bejar and features comedy stars Horatio Sanz, Julie Klausner, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Todd Barry, John Oliver, Wyatt Cenac, Esther Crowe, rocker Ted Leo and Best Show associate producer Mike Lisk.

CategorySaturday Night Live: The Lost Season January 31st, 2011 by Wes

Between its 1984 and 1985 seasons, Saturday Night Live went through well known major changes when creator Lorne Michaels returned to the show, replacing producer Dick Ebersol. What few remember is that Ebersol’s tenure had been cut short by three episodes thanks to the 1981 writers’ strike, and he was still under contract to deliver those shows.

The solution: an experiment in Summer 1985 saw three more SNLs produced, with the option for a recurring summer spot if they were successful. Instead, these three episodes would never air again. More…

Jon recently spoke with writer Trevor Risk about his role on the Best Show on WFMU and also his musical endeavors. Check out his yammerings at Ion magazine.

CategoryA History of Happy Days Anachronisms January 13th, 2011 by Wes

From 1974-1984, Happy Days capitalized on a wave of nostalgia for late 1950s/early 1960s culture and became one of television’s biggest hits. But as it grew, the show betrayed its more modern sensibilities. Below are some of the most notable anachronisms, with comments excerpted from several interviews with series creator Garry Marshall. More…

CategoryGoodbye To 2010, Hello To Wes! December 29th, 2010 by Tom Scharpling

Hey all -

The Best Show wrapped up its final show for 2010 last night and it was a doozy! You can check it out by going over to http://wfmu.org/playlists/BS/. My brother Ron checked in to yell at me about Christmas, and there’s a really funny call from Paul F Tompkins.

Thanks again for everybody who helped make 2010 a year to remember and helped make it a year to forget.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome aboard a new blogging voice to the S&W family. His name is Wes and he’s a good dude and he’s hilarious and he’s gonna help us out with ‘content’, which is apparently important in the internet world. He’s got really funny ideas so LOOK OUT FOR THIS KID BECAUSE HE IS GOING PLACES.

2011 is gonna be Something Else! See you there!

Tom.

CategoryJon sets record straight on his Wikipedia page! December 8th, 2010 by Roger Devlin

Jon stopped by Chicago’s WBEZ studios last week for a short, funny interview regarding his Wikipedia page. He set the record straight on his brushes with everyone from the Dead Milkmen to Katy Perry.

Wikipedia Files

Check out the video Tom wrote and directed for the Ted Leo & the Pharmacists song, “Bottled in Cork.” Guest stars include John Hodgman, Paul F. Tompkins and Julie Klausner!

CategoryMany new additions to Best Show Gems! December 7th, 2010 by Roger Devlin

Our friend Martin has been very busy uploading tons of classic Scharpling and Wurster bits to Best Show Gems. Bernie Taupin! Hot Rockin’ Ronny! Big Bill/Little Bill…!

Best Show Gems

CategoryInterview with Jon in this week’s Eye Weekly December 7th, 2010 by Roger Devlin

Jon was interviewed recently for Superchunk’s upcoming Toronto show. The interview touches on his work with Tom and the Best Show.

Eye Weekly

CategoryAnother new classic S&W bit up at Best Show Gems! July 27th, 2010 by Roger Devlin

A classic from 2007. Tom gets a call from an insane drunk driver.

CategoryNew classic S&W bit up at Best Show Gems! May 3rd, 2010 by Roger Devlin

Please enjoy another classic Scharpling & Wurster bit over at Best Show Gems.

Get fogged!

CategoryMore Best Show Gems added! April 5th, 2010 by Roger Devlin

More and more classic Scharpling & Wurster bits have been posted over at Best Show Gems. (BSGs made possible by Martin Degrell)

Check out the classic Mike Sajak call from 2005!

Best Show Gems

CategoryPortraits In Casino Racism, Part Four. March 11th, 2010 by Tom Scharpling

Another look at the hatred for diversity that plagues the slot machine industry. Click through, please. More…

CategoryPortraits In Casino Racism, Part Three. March 3rd, 2010 by Tom Scharpling

Click through for the next intersection of games of chance and crypto-hate! More…

Round one of Tom’s Scharpling’s effort to raise ducats for WFMU is tonight! WFMU is listener supported so please help it and The Best Show on WFMU by listening in and digging deep! Tom will be joined in the studio tonight by Jon Wurster and the ever-awesome Ted Leo.

The Onion has a nice plug here.

The Best Show on WFMU is on Tuesdays from 8-11 PM.

Listen live here.

Tom Scharpling recently moderated a historic roundtable discussion marking the twentieth anniversary of Chapel Hill, NC’s Merge Records (home of the Arcade Fire, Spoon, She & Him, etc). The panel included a who’s who of the Best Show on WFMU’s most beloved/loathed characters, including Ronald Thomas Clontle, Philly Boy Roy, Timmy von Trimble, The Gorch, Barry Dworkin, Hammerhead and Bishop Fontana to name just a few. Needless to say, the sparks did fly.

Download this amazing piece of audio history now! (Please be patient, it’s lengthy.)

Try this link if the one below doesn’t work. Apologies for all bs associated with it.

 
CategoryPortraits In Casino Racism, Part Two. February 26th, 2010 by Tom Scharpling

Please click through for the latest example! More…

CategoryPortraits In Casino Racism, Part One. February 20th, 2010 by Tom Scharpling

Click through to check it out! More…

Jon will be playing with the Mountain Goats on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight at 12:30 am on NBC!

Listen to the Best Show on WFMU from 8-11 tonight as The H Man and Wally Wackiman battle for co-host honors! Posie/Big Star legend Jon Auer will also be in the studio!

CategoryPaul Scheer pens nice article on the Best Show! December 31st, 2009 by Roger Devlin

Human Giant co-founder and 30 Rock regular Paul Scheer recently penned a nice article on the Best Show for MF magazine. Here it is. You can just type in 39 in the little page box to go straight to it:

MF magazine