Tom and Jon will be doing three live shows in March in celebration of their impending, massive Best of Scharpling & Wurster on The Best Show box set. The shows will feature all you’ve come to love about Scharpling & Wurster…but live onstage. There will be special guests from Newbridge and beyond. The Los Angeles show will feature a special screening of the barbershop singing documentary American Harmony.
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 23 at 10 AM EST
Numero Group will release a 16-CD box set of the best of Tom and Jon’s Best Show calls on March 31, 2015. There are too many insanely great things in this box to mention so please go to Numero Group for details.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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)
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.
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 Ebersolâ€™s tenure had been cut short by three episodes thanks to the 1981 writersâ€™ 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…
From 1974-1984, Happy Days capitalized on a wave of nostalgia for late 1950s/early 1960s culture and became one of televisionâ€™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…
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.
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.