618 episodes

What is The Best Show? It used to be The Best Show On WFMU for thirteen years. Now we are on our own and making our way through the world! The show is comedy, call-ins, music and fun. It's Scharpling and Wurster and everyone else! Tell your friends that we're back and we're coming for your children!

The Best Show with Tom Scharpling Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 2.3K Ratings

What is The Best Show? It used to be The Best Show On WFMU for thirteen years. Now we are on our own and making our way through the world! The show is comedy, call-ins, music and fun. It's Scharpling and Wurster and everyone else! Tell your friends that we're back and we're coming for your children!

    JEFF TWEEDY! A LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM MIKE KROL! MORE!

    JEFF TWEEDY! A LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM MIKE KROL! MORE!

    Author and founder of WILCO, JEFF TWEEDY, calls in and chats with Tom about his two amazing books and countless brilliant records including the new Wilco album, "Cruel Country"! Then... an amazing LIVE PERFORMANCE from MIKE KROL in the FOREVER DOG THEATRE! Plus, FUN CALLS! Studio chats with Allison Crutchfield, Secret Pizza's Sean Lango, and yes, MIKE KROL! Honk!

    • 2 hr 52 min
    WHEN DID YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST LOSE IT? BEST SHOW 24: BEHIND THE SCENES & MORE!

    WHEN DID YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST LOSE IT? BEST SHOW 24: BEHIND THE SCENES & MORE!

    The kid returns! Just barely SIX DAYS after the now LEGENDARY Best Show 24 broadcast... Tom's back in the hot seat for the first Best Show of the new era! Phones ring on the topic: WHEN DID YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST LOSE IT? A discussion on art, artists, rise and falls and all of that business going! Tom and the crew rank 90s Springsteen... and so much more! Kick back and enjoy "Episode One" of a brand new age!

    • 2 hr 49 min
    BEST SHOW 24 | PART 8: CHRIS ELLIOTT! ADAM RESNICK! PHILLY BOY ROY! JONATHAN BRAYLOCK! JESS CORNELIUS! TY SEGALL! MIKAL CRONIN! ADAM CONOVER! DEVON YOUNG! BRETT DAVIS! MATTHEW TOMPKINS! CHAKI!

    BEST SHOW 24 | PART 8: CHRIS ELLIOTT! ADAM RESNICK! PHILLY BOY ROY! JONATHAN BRAYLOCK! JESS CORNELIUS! TY SEGALL! MIKAL CRONIN! ADAM CONOVER! DEVON YOUNG! BRETT DAVIS! MATTHEW TOMPKINS! CHAKI!

    The final installment in BEST SHOW 24! The legendary CHRIS ELLIOTT and ADAM RESNICK call in together! PHILLY BOY ROY makes a truly amazing appearance IN STUDIO! JONATHAN BRAYLOCK stops by! MATTHEW TOMPKINS! BRETT DAVIS and DEVON YOUNG visit the studio! SURPRISE GUEST ADAM CONOVER chats with Tom in studio! OH AND WE’RE NOT DONE THERE! Live musical performances in theatre from TY SEGALL, MIKAL CRONIN and JESS CORNELIUS! And CHAKI brings the funk to take us home!

    • 2 hr 57 min
    BEST SHOW 24 | PART 7: JARVIS COCKER! MIKE WATT! STEVEN MCDONALD! ZACH CHERRY! MARTHA KELLY! MARY LATTIMORE! MIKE IN BAYBRIDGE! THE GREGORY BROTHERS! KAT TOLEDO!

    BEST SHOW 24 | PART 7: JARVIS COCKER! MIKE WATT! STEVEN MCDONALD! ZACH CHERRY! MARTHA KELLY! MARY LATTIMORE! MIKE IN BAYBRIDGE! THE GREGORY BROTHERS! KAT TOLEDO!

    BEST SHOW 24, PART 7 begins with what could be the biggest one two punch in BEST SHOW history! Tom chats with PULP frontman, JARVIS COCKER! MIKE WATT performs live! STEVEN MCDONALD from REDD KROSS visits the studio. ZACH CHERRY checks in from London! Emmy nominee MARTHA KELLY and MARY LATTIMORE stop by! MIKE IN BAYBRIDGE actually appears IN STUDIO! Surprise guests THE GREGORY BROTHERS call in! KAT TOLEDO performs from under a duvet! YES, THIS IS ALL IN ONE EPISODE! OF COURSE IT IS, THIS IS THE BEST SHOW!

    • 3 hr 35 min
    BEST SHOW 24 | PART 6: PATRICIA ARQUETTE! YASI SALEK! JON GABRUS! PAUL HANLEY! MARINA FRANKLIN! ALBERTINA RIZZO! AND MARY HOULIHAN!

    BEST SHOW 24 | PART 6: PATRICIA ARQUETTE! YASI SALEK! JON GABRUS! PAUL HANLEY! MARINA FRANKLIN! ALBERTINA RIZZO! AND MARY HOULIHAN!

    BEST SHOW 24 refuses to slow down with a call from the fabulous PATRICIA ARQUETTE! YASI SALEK and JON GABRUS pay a visit to the studio, with Gabrus bringing Tom a wake-up elixir! PAUL HANLEY, formerly of THE FALL, calls in! MARINA FRANKLIN, ALBERTINA RIZZO and MARY HOULIHAN check in!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    BEST SHOW 24 | PART 5: NATHAN FIELDER! JOHN OLIVER! DAVE HOLMES! NATHAN GELGUD! AMAZING KRESKIN!

    BEST SHOW 24 | PART 5: NATHAN FIELDER! JOHN OLIVER! DAVE HOLMES! NATHAN GELGUD! AMAZING KRESKIN!

    Did you think we'd stop? WE CAN'T! The hilarious NATHAN FIELDER calls in! JOHN OLIVER checks in with Tom! DAVE HOLMES stops by the studio to talk to Tom about his new podcast and much more! Tom talks to the legendary AMAZING KRESKIN! Cartoonist NATHAN GELGUD returns to the studio to see Tom and stays for a special fill-in with Pat, Dudio and artist ERIC WHITE!

    • 3 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

synonymous with anonymous ,

Incomparable!

There is simply no other show in any medium quite like The Best Show, so any attempts at comparison would fall short. I don’t laugh as hard or as often during any TV show, movie, or podcast as I do The Best Show thanks to Tom’s unique command over the wide-ranging atmosphere they have curated. For the full experience, listen live on Tuesday nights, but listening later via the podcast is never a disappointment. This show has been on since the Clinton administration, so there’s a lot of history here, and while you don’t need to dig too deep to have a good time, the more immersed you get, the more you’ll enjoy it!
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That was my review YEARS BEFORE the 24 hour Best Show. The events that occurred on air during that timespan proved that Tom & the crew are the absolute best team of broadcasters of our era, possibly ever. I was (and remain) floored by what they have accomplished and they are only moving forward. The new studio configuration complete with a performance stage for musicians is a massive upgrade, proving that The Best Show not only lives up to its name, but that it is legitimately THE BEST SHOW EVER.

bigun4 ,

Dunno

Honestly, SO annoyed by the 15-20 min long intros. Man. Best Show is fine, I guess.

TrixyMercury ,

The most aptly named podcast/audio experience in existence

Not many shows can boast being the best, but this is truly an ongoing masterpiece in audio art. This week (June 7 2022) has an incredible sound collage that I am more than just mildly obsessed with. Tom Scharpling is truly the master, and Jon Wurster’s calls are ALWAYS total perfection. The recent run of “Mike in Baybridge” calls has been a real pant wetter. This is a good thing. Hearing Tom break out the “Bad Companying” again made me cackle so loud I guarantee I woke the neighbor’s next door. I only wish I could listen to it live all the way through but: my job forbids it. I absolutely love this show!

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