'The Best Show with Tom Scharpling' 101

  1. As defined by Tom Scharpling, the Best Show is 'three hours of mirth, music, and mayhem'
  2. It's a weekly show that started on WFMU in the 90's and recently switched over to being a podcast
  3. I think it's the funniest thing in the world
  4. Tom Scharpling is a writer and a director who has done videos for Titus Andronics, Aimee Man, Wild Flag, and some other cool bands
  5. It's primarily a call in show
  6. One of the things that makes it great is that Tom is incredibly quick and hilarious off the cuff. He can turn almost any topic into a surprising and hilarious riff
  7. Sometimes there are guests like Paul Rudd or Hayes Davenport, but the show is at its best when it's Tom alone in the studio
  8. The highlight of almost every episode is when Tom's partner Jon Wurster calls in
  9. Wurster is the drummer for The Mountain Goats and Superchunk and I think he played with Katy Perry at the Grammys once
  10. He calls in each week we as a different character from the fictional town of Newbridge, New Jersey
  11. These calls are sometimes very short and sometimes very long, and have a distinctive and strange rhythm
  12. The best ones are when the call is like 30 minutes long and for the first 20 minutes you're waiting for the joke and in the 21st minute it takes some turn and becomes the funniest thing you've ever heard
  13. This makes the show notoriously hard to get into, though. If you're interested I recommend looking for the 'best show bests' podcast, which presents edited down moments
  14. It's hard to explain exactly why I love it so much. It's not just that it's really funny...
  15. There's something really kind of pure about it
  16. These guys have been making the show for years and years and they could certainly make it more commercial than it is but they do it the way they want
  17. They focus on what they find funny
  18. Here's an excerpt from a thing Patton Oswalt wrote about the show
  19. The website is thebestshow.net
  20. Thanks for the request