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Tom Scharpling : biography

February 9, 1969 -

Tom Scharpling (born February 9, 1969) is an American radio host, comedian, television writer, producer and music video director. He is best known for hosting the weekly freeform radio call-in comedy program The Best Show on WFMU and for acting as a writer/executive producer for the TV show Monk.

Scharpling is also noted as a writer on Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Beginning in 1999, he has released six albums with comedy partner Jon Wurster under the moniker Scharpling & Wurster.

As a writer, Scharpling has had work published in GQ, New York Magazine, and Harp. Since 2010, Scharpling has directed music videos for The New Pornographers, Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus, Wild Flag, Aimee Mann, and The Ettes.


  • Fantasia in Best Show Minor: The Best Show on WFMU 2010 Marathon DVD (2011)

Discography (as Scharpling and Wurster)

  • Rock, Rot and Rule (Stereolaffs, 1999)
  • Chain Fights, Beer Busts and Service with a Grin (Stereolaffs, 2002)
  • New Hope for the Ape-Eared (Stereolaffs, 2004)
  • Hippy Justice (Stereolaffs, 2005)
  • The Art of the Slap (Stereolaffs, 2007)
  • The Best You Can Do Is Be Worse Than The Best Show on WFMU (self-released as a premium for the WFMU Marathon, 2007)
  • At The Speed Of Sound (self-released as a premium for the WFMU Marathon, 2009)
  • Tom - A Best Show On WFMU Tribute to Ram (self-released as a premium for the WFMU Marathon, 2009) Though not an "true" Scharpling & Wurster release, Tom produced the album and Wurster guest stars as Zachary Brimstead, Esq. on the Dump (band) version of Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  • A Vampire or a Dogman (Merge, 2009)
  • Best Show Uncovered Vol. 1 (self-released as a premium for the WFMU 24-Hour Emergency Marathon, 2010) (MP3 CD)

Personal life

Scharpling lives in Woodbridge, New Jersey with his wife, fellow WFMU DJ Terre T.New York Times article: "." He has been a pescatarian since approximately 1994,Best Show on WFMU archives: ""; 1 hour, 39 minutes, 50 second mark, Scharpling states: "See, I eat fish, right? But I haven't eaten meat in I guess like eight years now. I'm not a vegan, though." and almost never consumes alcohol.Onion AV Club article: "."


Early music-based radio shows and writing

Scharpling began volunteering at the New Jersey-based freeform station WFMU in the early 1990s.Gothamist article: "." He started hosting a music-oriented program on the station in the mid-1990s. He briefly left the station in the late 1990s because he "had some personal things to take care of with family and stuff." Scharpling has told interviewers that he prefers the medium of radio due to the anxiety he gets from being onstage.

In the early 1990s, Scharpling was the publisher of 18 Wheeler fanzine, and ran an independent record label of the same name. The first 7-inch single by Portastatic was released by Scharpling's label in 1992. He also contributed the liner notes for The Electrifying Conclusion, Guided By Voices's DVD documentary of their final live show in Chicago.

The Best Show on WFMU

Scharpling hosted the first episode of The Best Show on WFMU on October 24, 2000. The program is a three-hour comedy, music, call-in and talk radio program that airs Tuesday nights; the program features a roster of misfit callers (some genuine, some acting in character), along with the occasional celebrity guest. Scharpling makes no money from the station, and regularly encourages fans to donate to the non-profit station by offering elaborate pledge drive gifts.

Nearly every episode of The Best Show features an on-air collaboration with Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster. The pair met at a concert in the early 1990s, and quickly bonded over their mutual love of Chris Elliott's short-lived sitcom Get A Life. As Scharpling and Wurster, they have released six albums of comedy segments from The Best Show on their Stereolaffs record label. The duo almost never performs live, with one of the few exceptions to the rule being when they hosted Matador Records' 21st Anniversary Festival at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas in October 2010.The Onion AV Club article: "."

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