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the caller from the pretaped show last week with the story about being a kid and realizing that the colorful cartoon character shorts he'd been wearing to school and church were actually boxer shorts, oh man

caller: "i've gotten over it."
tom: "no you haven't."

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 4 March 2013 20:47 (six years ago) link

and because i want to have a thread to talk about the best show every week

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 4 March 2013 20:49 (six years ago) link

lol

I need to carve out time to listen to the actual show, but man that's tough to do for such a long stretch. I really start to fade fast on podcasts over 90 minutes or so. I mean I've heard bits and pieces over the years and I listen to the Best Show Gems, but I feel like I miss out not hearing the full show more often.

i kant believe it's not buffon (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 4 March 2013 20:50 (six years ago) link

i get that. i listen at work while i'm doing boring mindless stuff.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 4 March 2013 20:57 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

i can't be the only ilxor obsessed with this show

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 15:08 (six years ago) link

I used to listen to it a fair amount when my job involved a lot of driving. I like it. Not as good as seven second delay imo.

huun huurt 2 (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:30 (six years ago) link

ha i was heavy into 7sd for a while but haven't listened in a few years

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:32 (six years ago) link

very into it but it's hard to find the time for the whole thing. esp love the running gags in wurster's calls - stuff like always getting ap mike's name wrong or referring to prison as "the hut"

original bgm, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:46 (six years ago) link

you know, out near where the lady foot locker used to be

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:48 (six years ago) link

hahaha

original bgm, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:54 (six years ago) link

- the "voice modulator"
- WFMU is a high school radio station
- the death threats
- "yeah. why?"
- "whuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut?"

etc etc etc etc

i will confess i have never listened to the whole show :( only the "gems"

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:58 (six years ago) link

Four Loko Christmas specials have been my fave bits, just for the general buttondown unhingedness of John Hodgman when he's drunk

Hockey Drunk (kingfish), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:58 (six years ago) link

Or when he'll Bad Company his own friends

Hockey Drunk (kingfish), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 16:59 (six years ago) link

the bad company thing kills me every time

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:09 (six years ago) link

i get that it's a long show and the wurster calls are the obvious highlights but listening to the whole show is like watching a baseball game, there's something great about sitting down and watching a whole baseball game instead of just the highlights. they're both fun but it's different kinds of fun.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:11 (six years ago) link

I feel similarly about seven second delay actually, there's a great zen anti-comedy to the show that you miss if you just listen to "the funny parts"

huun huurt 2 (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:14 (six years ago) link

like andy's show ideas are not just funny in themselves, they are funny because he takes like 20 minutes just to get them going

huun huurt 2 (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:14 (six years ago) link

I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't like Wurster's calls.

I love the first hour but I rarely last for the whole three hours.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:17 (six years ago) link

feel like gary the squirrel is a good addition to the cast of characters

#snacks

original bgm, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 17:27 (six years ago) link

the bad company thing kills me every time

I only listen to a full episode once a month or less but so glad I happened to catch the first Bad Company episode

and when the other caller verbed it: "oh, you're not going to Bad Company me are you?" as it was already swelling underneath him. "No of course not, you're good," says Tom as he quickly fades it down...

charli.xlsx (sic), Thursday, 2 May 2013 00:33 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

well this thread was a nonstarter but the ever-expanding sound collage blob blows my mind every week

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:26 (five years ago) link

andy's show ideas are not just funny in themselves, they are funny because he takes like 20 minutes just to get them going

absolutely.

that and the way he can put a rape joke into a Pete Seeger advance obit.

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:28 (five years ago) link

Wait WHAAAAAT? No thread for Scharpling and Wurster?

brimstead, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 23:18 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Comedy Jamz!

It's been really fun hearing it evolve from random Frankie Teardrop talk to where it is now. It's to the point where it's beginning to sound like a Negativland mix.

Would love to hear a comp of just Frankie Teardrop talk. One of my favorite little moments from the past year was Tom's fantasy of DMX's dogs mauling DMX but not before one of them tuns on an iPod with its snout to play Frankie Teardrop in the background.

Call me Shitmael (CompuPost), Tuesday, 1 October 2013 12:37 (five years ago) link

I sure hope he's on tonight...seems like he's been out more and more lately. And why Depravity's Rainbow doesn't sub for him is beyond me, I can't deal with "Hatch"

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 1 October 2013 13:43 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Ending on Dec. 17:
http://splitsider.com/2013/10/after-13-years-the-best-show-on-wfmu-will-end-in-december/

When I first saw that the show was ending, I assumed it was because Tom had specific alternate plans, but it doesn't sound like he does. I haven't listened to the announcement yet though.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:16 (five years ago) link

Apparently discussed on the Scharpling and Wurster thread last night.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:21 (five years ago) link

I remember late last year he was talking about not getting any recognition for the show, over the course of a couple of shows, and it sounded like he was about to quit. Guess he's actually doing it.

Spectrum, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:22 (five years ago) link

makes ya wonder what the bar of recognition is these days

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:22 (five years ago) link

He's complained about lack of recognition for years, it's part of the schtick. If he was really worried about it, he wouldn't have done the show for 13 years.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:31 (five years ago) link

he was talking about some podcast award thing. the show after he complained about it sounded like he didn't want to be there, like he was checked out. it was actually kinda sad.

Spectrum, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:38 (five years ago) link

when he was dropping hints about L.A. and being flown out there first class, I was sure it was for some great gig but yeah, sounded more like he didn't have something definite lined up--but maybe he does and he's not ready to pull the trigger on telling.

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 14:44 (five years ago) link

I guess at least I have like 11 years of unheard archives to tide me over for a while.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:06 (five years ago) link

I've been thinking that.

but it's not the same :-/

original bgm, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:07 (five years ago) link

maybe now i'll finally check it out. the length of one show seems overwhelming, much less all the archives + new shows.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:35 (five years ago) link

Best Show Gems can be a good entryway to the show though as noted upthread there's a certain pleasure to listening to the full three hours.

Last week's episode was a really good one, despite only having a short Wurster call, if you're looking to start somewhere. Though I don't know how much sense the sound collage will make to a newcomer, and that's like 20-30 minutes of the show.

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:38 (five years ago) link

He's working on the Chris Gethard show for IFC, "Stupid Life."

Allen (etaeoe), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:52 (five years ago) link

is that actually a go? hope so. <3 gethard too

original bgm, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:03 (five years ago) link

Josh Kantor ‏@jtkantor
"The Best Show on WFMU" is going off the air. I'll play their theme song on organ at the World Series.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 18:30 (five years ago) link

I listened for the first time in awhile last night, and what's overwhelming is more than 18 minutes of it

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 18:46 (five years ago) link

just search for his rant about post-Jackie Brown Tarantino maybe (around time of IngBast)

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 18:49 (five years ago) link

tried searching for "tarantino scharpling" but don't see any rants. I do see a morbs post from 2010 on the first page of results though.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 19:01 (five years ago) link

kewl

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 October 2013 19:06 (five years ago) link

First thing on BuzzFeed I've ever been tempted to repost/link, kudos to Matty P: http://www.buzzfeed.com/perpetua/signs-youre-from-newbridge

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 31 October 2013 17:02 (five years ago) link

Sad news (TBSOWFMU has been a pretty central and essential part of my comedic intake for the past decade) but also good if it means Tom & Jon are moving on to bigger and better things. I'm about a year behind on the show. Guess this is the kick in the seat I needed to get caught up.

Wayland Flowers and Madame's® brand Mustard Pork Rub (Old Lunch), Thursday, 31 October 2013 17:57 (five years ago) link

Getting caught up is nice but I encourage you to listen to the live broadcast a few times instead of just listening to the archive.

polyphonic, Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:03 (five years ago) link

Yeah I need to try to listen to some of the last episodes live.

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:04 (five years ago) link

He's working on the Chris Gethard show for IFC, "Stupid Life."

― Allen (etaeoe), Wednesday, October 30, 2013 11:52 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Word from the man himself over on the FOT board that Gethard's show was not picked up by IFC...too bad

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 31 October 2013 18:07 (five years ago) link

the uhh yeah dude guys got like $10,000 a month when they started their patreon, kind of a good model maybe?

nerd shit (Will M.), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 16:33 (three years ago) link

I think the "3 listeners" thing is a little bit schtick, but long-time listeners know Tom struggles with depression when the days get shorter, and I also think he's writing on a sitcom and just overworked in general, so every little indignity feels huge. So he uses it.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 07:57 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

https://twitter.com/scharpling/status/706385459065315328

I have never called but maybe I should keep my 5-year-old up late to call in tonight.

Immediate Follower (NA), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:51 (three years ago) link

It happens so infrequently but I love when kids call in. Particularly the one kid (who I presume Tom knew) who called in as Molly Molesworth and a dying old man.

I have never called in either, because I'm already pretty good at the self-administered variety of masochism.

Telephone Meatballs (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:54 (three years ago) link

I've only ever listened live once or twice but yeah I would need a really good on-topic story before I'd even think about calling.

Immediate Follower (NA), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:56 (three years ago) link

feel like you can call without an agenda/story tonight with a baby or Grammy

a (waterface), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 19:00 (three years ago) link

Reminder: Tom and Jon on The Simpsons tonight.

Chris L, Sunday, 13 March 2016 15:12 (three years ago) link

Thank you for reminding!

Going To Town On Aunt May's Mezze Platter (Old Lunch), Sunday, 13 March 2016 15:29 (three years ago) link

I've been trying to find a particular Wurster call for a while now but haven't been able to manage (even searching through the detailed recaps): guy calls and says he's taking Oldzonareveren to prematurely age to get back at his dad? Feel like he called himself a Yearlie maybe? Think the call was from the last few years of the show (think the call ended with either a bomb or someone falling asleep after some Blue). Does this ring a bell for anyone?

ヽ(´ー`)┌ (CompuPost), Sunday, 13 March 2016 19:45 (three years ago) link

Tom is co-hosting Prove it All Night's WFMU marathon show on Saturday. PLEDGE!!!!

tokyo rosemary, Friday, 18 March 2016 15:17 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

great ep this week, julie klausner always seems to bring out the best in Tom. best musical performance of the new version of the show. the woody allen riffing at the end was the obvious highlight but I also loved Tom's imitation of Barack Obama reading Dilbert to the American people.

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 15 July 2016 17:43 (three years ago) link

hey i've been out of the loop on this

is wurster still phoning in?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 15 July 2016 20:43 (three years ago) link

Yes. He does take a couple shows off when touring requires.

Three Word Username, Friday, 15 July 2016 20:46 (three years ago) link

wish there was still a 'best show gems' podcast :/

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 15 July 2016 20:48 (three years ago) link

There is! It's part of the Best Show podcast feed, not a separate podcast, but it's called Best Show Bests.

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 15 July 2016 20:50 (three years ago) link

YEEEEEE HAWW!!!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 15 July 2016 21:06 (three years ago) link

Saw from Tom's feed that Alan Vega died; would kill to have a supercut of all Frankie Teardrop Challenge talk.

ヽ(´ー`)┌ (CompuPost), Sunday, 17 July 2016 03:40 (three years ago) link

good god the woody allen/pokemon riffing at the end of this week's. woody allen watching soon-yi playing pokemon go on a pop tart was all-time hilarious.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 18 July 2016 03:32 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

glad to hear tom advocate the same "barb from stranger things is overrated" perspective I was pushing on ILX a couple of weeks ago. i feel vindicated.

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 1 September 2016 19:15 (two years ago) link

also it's been nice seeing pretty much every Half Hour of Power regular show up on Difficult People this season

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 1 September 2016 19:18 (two years ago) link

I died at his riff on "that Belle and Sebastian song, 'Rooty Tooty Fresh 'n Fruity'" during the Scottish guy's call in the most recent ep

VC, Friday, 2 September 2016 02:59 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Last couple of weeks have been great. The Beach Boys flashbacks are hilarious, Sal from Impractical Jokers was a good sport last week, and there were some hilarious "duh" calls this week.

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 29 September 2016 14:54 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

big changes:

best show 24/7 channel soon
no more ads, he's taking donations instead
tom's getting a dog

na (NA), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 18:31 (two years ago) link

Whoa, guess I better get caught up if I'm gonna listen all day every day (finally made my way through all of the WFMU shows only to fall a year behind on the new show).

The Pleasure Principal (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 19:21 (two years ago) link

no more ads is exciting for me, tom is terrible at getting through the ads, obviously hates doing it, and i bet he'll make way more money from straight donations anyways

na (NA), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 20:10 (two years ago) link

"Best Show: support the show, brah"

JRN, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 20:43 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

the uhh yeah dude guys got like $10,000 a month when they started their patreon, kind of a good model maybe?

― nerd shit (Will M.), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 16:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Best Show is set to pass the El Chapo Trapo chaps on committed donations, proving once again it's the VU of podcasts, only 2,000 listeners, most insanely devoted, and half of them with podcasts of their own.

imho tep (sanskrit), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 02:07 (two years ago) link

klausner, davenport, AND clements in studio tonight, should be a good one

na (NA), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 17:18 (two years ago) link

I don't understand Patreon, but is Scharpling now earning 19k a fucking month (that's the Patreon tally at present)? Jesus, what a sweet deal that is...

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:05 (two years ago) link

minus the costs of producing the show, but yeah. i consider it back pay for doing the show for about 14 years for essentially nothing.

na (NA), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:21 (two years ago) link

He's got a staff and costs -- it's still pretty great!

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:35 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

i made this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c45X1PHm1g

na (NA), Friday, 3 February 2017 17:52 (two years ago) link

haha nice work, been listening through the 2010/2011 episodes recently and almost every week theres a joke about the ridiculousness of a trump presidency that is now just tragic.

devvvine, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:59 (two years ago) link

As I noted on I guess the S&W thread, many of Wurster's old characters that were hilarious because they were such outrageous caricatures of awfulness are now kind of depressing because they're fairly accurate renderings of certain American citizens.

Transformed From The Norm By The Nuclear Goop (Old Lunch), Friday, 3 February 2017 18:22 (two years ago) link

What Were Once Caricatures are Now Portraits

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Friday, 3 February 2017 19:40 (two years ago) link

I love the Best Show 24/7 streaming station he has now. It's good to hear shows from like 2000-2001, when it was truly bizarre and unexpected

Iago Galdston, Friday, 3 February 2017 19:45 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

tom scharpling on the first episode of "the podcast for laundry" with brett davis is good if you miss angry/flustered tom from the earlier hollywood handbook episodes

na (NA), Monday, 10 July 2017 20:59 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

i was wary of james murphy on the best show after some of those post-relaunch interviews of celebrities who tom doesn't know personally, but it was a really good ep. they are obviously simpatico, and having him in the studio instead of on the phone probably helped.

na (NA), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:31 (two years ago) link

i really really enjoyed that!

flippy bard (Will M.), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:36 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Rot

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 24 January 2019 01:58 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

I really like how Tom’s affection for RAtM and Limp Bizkit closely mirrors Ronald Thomas Clontle’s musical evolution in Rock, Rot and Rule.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, 9 August 2019 23:52 (one week ago) link

I thought Tom's assessment of RaTM as either the best bad band or the worst good is rather astute.

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:18 (one week ago) link

'worst GOOD band' rather

Come and Rock Me, Hot Potatoes (Old Lunch), Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:18 (one week ago) link

And finally the Andrew Dice Clay interview sees it’s standalone light of day. Assuming it coincides with his first unintentional on-air fbomb

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 10 August 2019 06:01 (one week ago) link

Tom accidentally swearing on 7/24 is a real joy

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:36 (five days ago) link

part of the joy of tom going on hollywood handbook is hearing him swear

na (NA), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:44 (five days ago) link

I really like how Tom’s affection for RAtM and Limp Bizkit closely mirrors Ronald Thomas Clontle’s musical evolution in Rock, Rot and Rule.

― Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, August 9, 2019 7:52 PM (four days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Ha true, not to mention "the Music Scholar" bit!

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:33 (five days ago) link

Argh, that’s the one I meant!

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 16:35 (five days ago) link

Thanks to Rock Rot & Rule I now use 'rotting' as a verb for sorting through records to decide if they're worth selling.

crumhorn invasion (Matt #2), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 16:37 (five days ago) link


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