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Friday, May 27, 2016
THE HALF HOUR OF POWER EPISODE 28

The Half Hour Of Power is the bi-weekly overtime show for The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, recorded immediately after the May 24th, 2016 program. Completely unscreened phone calls moving at a rapid fire pace! The cast of characters for this episode are Tom Scharpling, AP Mike, Pat Byrne, Gail Bennington, and Jack!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TOP 50 DUOS

1 Scharpling & Wurster

2 Peyton Manning & Papa John

3 The Pet Shop Boys

4 AP Mike & A Can Of Coors Light

5 The Sonic Guys

6 Power Man & Iron Fist

7 Royal Trux (Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema)

8 Bob Odenkirk & David Cross

9 The Coen Brothers

10 Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

11 Sparks (Ron and Russell Mael)

12 Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

13 The Frogs (Dennis & Jimmy Flemion)

14 Julie Klausner & Billy Eichner

15 Outkast (Big Boi & Andre 3000)

16 Sheriff Andy Taylor & Deputy Barney Fife

17 Violent J & Shaggy 2 Dope (Insane Clown Posse)

18 Tim & Eric

19 Bob and Ray

20 Edina and Patsy (Ab Fab)

21 Key & Peele

22 Gary the Squirrel & Vance the Puppet

23 Robert Fripp & Brian Eno

24 The White Stripes

25 Animated Woman and the Opiod from the Movantik commercial

26 Muttley & Dick Dastardly

27 The Wachowskis (Lana & Lilly)

28 Sex Dwarf & The Dumb Chauffeur from Soft Cell’s “Sex Dwarf”

29 Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash

30 Clifford & Steffen The Dinosaur

31 Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp

32 George St. Geegland & Gil Faizon

33 Eric Andre & Hannibal Buress

34 Zack Woliner & Wally Wackiman

35 Michael Jackson & Bubbles

36 Rocky & Adonis Creed

37 Abbi & Ilana (Broad City)

38 The Mighty Boosh

39 Suicide (Alan Vega & Martin Rev)

40 Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog

41 Sherlock Holmes & Watson

42 ERIC B & RAKIM

43 Bob & Doug McKenzie

44 The Bash Brothers (Canseco & McGuire)

45 Koko The Gorilla & The Kitten

46 Kathie Lee & Hoda Kotb

47 The Tragedy and Comedy Masks

48 Mike Nichols & Elaine May

49 Ritchie Finestra & Cocaine

50 Sean Clements & Hayes Davenport

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Scharpling & Wurster to appear on THE SIMPSONS!

It's true! Tom and Jon will appear on The Simpsons on Sunday, March 13th!

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Best Of 2015

Tonight! Join AP Mike, Dudio, and Pat Byrne as they recount some of their favorite Best Show moments of 2015!

9PM EST!

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TONIGHT: TOM VERSUS GOOGLE! THE CONCLUSION OF NODUDEVEMBER!

 

 

 

If you haven’t heard, last week Google straight up stole the long-running anthem“Come On Y’All It’s Time To Have Fun” for some garbage commercial. And we are not going to take this lying down!

Tonight I will be looking for your legal advice. If you are a lawyer and can advise me on how to proceed, call up!

But you’re saying “but it’s NoDudeVember! I’m a dude and I’ve got legal advice for you, Tom!”. You are going to be allowed to talk on the show as long as you’ve got good advice. If you don’t, you’re on the scrap heap, buster!

But outside of being a legal expert, NoDudeVember continues! No dudes are allowed to call! Dudes can participate in the hit mini-show @AtBestShow, which is happening sometime in the program! The topic for that will be #AnimalComedians, so get your Petting Oswalt or JulieMouseNer puns ready!

We can also talk about Thanksgiving if you want. If you don’t, let’s not. No skin off my nose.

The hashtag for tonight is #NoDudeVember! Use it!

Call 201-332-3484 BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE NOT A DUDE WHO CAN GIVE ME LEGAL ADVICE!!

When is The Best Show on? From 9PM-midnight EST every Tuesday! You can listen live at TheBestShow.net and if you can't listen live you can download tonight’s episodeWednesday morning at the website or on iTunes or your RSS feed or wherever!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This Week’s Best Show with Julie Klausner & Hayes Davenport! Tom is named Village Voice’s 2015 Best FM Radio Personality!

If you haven't downloaded this week's Best Show, make sure you do it now! A classic Best Show episode featuring amazing guests such as JULIE KLAUSNER (Difficult People) & HAYES DAVENPORT (Hollywood Handbook)!! Tom also received a call from sports legend DICK NORTON!!

Check out the clips below! THEN, download the podcast for the WHOLE experience.

PETER GARRETT/BRAD GARRETT - with Julie Klausner & Hayes Davenport

Escape The Room - with Julie Klausner & Hayes Davenport

Also, thanks so much to Village Voice for naming Tom their Best FM Radio Personality for 2015! It's a huge honor for a radio show that isn't even on FM radio anymore! It's very much appreciated. Check out the article here!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

TONIGHT: GARY THE SQUIRREL! I WAS LIED TO!

Photo by Mindy Tucker!

Photo by Mindy Tucker!

Tonight we’re gonna have fun. There’ll be some surprises. One of which will be the one and only GARY THE SQUIRREL, who will be debuting his new show! It’s gonna be great! Don’t miss it!

The topic is I WAS LIED TO! What are some of the lies you’ve been told in your life and how did you deal with them? They can be funny or sad! The important thing is that you call 201-332-3484 with your story!

There will also be some surprises that I’m working on and I am working up a story that I’ve been meaning to tell. It’s gonna be a great show! Have I ever lied to you?

When is The Best Show on? From 9PM-midnight EST every Tuesday! You can listen live at TheBestShow.net and if you can't listen live you can download tonight’s episode Wednesday morning at the website or on iTunes or your RSS feed or wherever!

And the hashtag for tonight is #IWasLiedTo!

Friday, September 18, 2015

THE 50 GREATEST ANIMALS IN ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY

1. Bugs Bunny
2. Gary the Squirrel
3. Poochie from THE SIMPSONS
4. The Dancing Chicken from STROSZEK
5. Snoopy
6. The Mouse with a Cape
7. Baxter from ANCHORMAN
8. Bigfoot
9. King Kong
10. Tarkus from Emerson Lake & Palmer’s TARKUS
11. Moby Dick
12. The Goose in the Wawa logo
13. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
14. Muttley from WACKY RACES
15. Jonsey the Cat from ALIEN
16. Bruce the Shark from JAWS
17. The Chestnut Mare from “Chestnut Mare”
18. Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car
19. Dog the Bounty Hunter
20. Sh*thead from THE JERK
21. Jermaine from ADVENTURE TIME
22. Lil Bub
23. Pizza Dog from Matt Fraction’s HAWKEYE
24. HoseHead from STRANGE BREW
25. The Dog from MASSIVE HEAD WOUND HARRY
26. Bart the Bear from THE EDGE
27. Jimmy Jazz
28. Blinky the Fish from THE SIMPSONS
29. Fred from SMOKEY & THE BANDIT
30. The Phoenix Suns Gorilla
31. Clyde the orangutan from EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE
32. Tie: Budgie & Basil from Caninus/Waldo from Hatebeak
33. Philip Marlowe’s cat from THE LONG GOODBYE
34. The horse head from THE GODFATHER
35. Doge
36. Ferdinand the Bull
37. Bullwinkle J. Moose
38. Donald the Falcon from THE FALCONER
39. The Cat from Monty Python’s Confuse A Cat
40. Johnny from JOHNNY’S BANANAS
41. Ubu from UBU PRODUCTIONS
42. The snakes from PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
43. Antony from ANT-MAN
44. Tie: The Pig from Pink Floyd’s ANIMALS/The Cow from Pink Floyd’s ATOM HEART MOTHER
45. Vomiting Kermit from LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN
46. The Cat from INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
47. Stan the Dog from DOG WITH A BLOG
48. Pie-O-My from THE SOPRANOS
49. The Window Rat from THE DEPARTED
50. Cuddles the Chimp from STATEN ISLAND GARBAGE RATS

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

TONIGHT: PAUL SCHEER & ROB HUEBEL IN STUDIO!

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Well well well! I am thrilled to announce that the amazing PAUL SCHEER and ROB HUEBEL will be IN STUDIO tonight! This dynamic duo has been responsible for some of the best comedy over the last bunch of years and their new roving bus standup variety special CRASH TEST is out today! We will talk about that and Human Giant and all sorts of other things! It’s gonna be fun!

And as promised we will talk WHO SHOULD BE THE NEW DOCTOR WHO once they shuttle the dude who curses. So the hashtag is #NewDoctorWho!

Call 201-332-3484 and tell us who you would choose as the new Doctor!

And if you didn’t know, Scharpling & Wurster will be performing live in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles! You can see the dates at stereolaffs or in the very next section of this email. And tonight I will be giving away a pair of tickets for each city! Tweet at me @scharpling and explain why you should get the tickets! And be sure to say which city you’re from!

When is The Best Show on? From 9PM-midnight EST every Tuesday! You can listen live at TheBestShow.net and if you can't listen live you can download tonight’s episodeWednesday morning at the website or on iTunes or your RSS feed or wherever!

And tonight’s hashtag is #NewDoctorWho

Monday, August 3, 2015

WORST 100 FICTIONAL CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME LIST (revised 8/1/15)

WORST 100 FICTIONAL CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME LIST (revised 8/1/15)

1. Jerry Seinfeld from SEINFELD
2. Billy Crystal’s “Jazz Man” character
3. Johnny Rock from SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL
4. The cast of SONS OF ANARCHY
5. Baby from DINOSAURS
6. Ariel from THE LITTLE MERMAID
7. Chris Tucker from THE FIFTH ELEMENT
8. Damone from FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
9. The Boston Celtics mascot
10. The Pina Colada Couple from “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”
11. Bob Zmuda as Tony Clifton
12. Rudy from RUDY
13. Quentin Tarantino’s character from PULP FICTION
14. C-3PO
15. The Passenger in the “Sonic Guys” commercials
16. Luke from GENERAL HOSPITAL
17. Aqualung from “Aqualung”
18. Marty Fankhauser from CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
19. Clippy, The Microsoft Word Paperclip
20. Les from HARDCORE PAWN
21. Mickey Rooney from BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
22. Long Duck Dong from SIXTEEN CANDLES
23. Harling Mays (John Goodman) from FLIGHT
24. Guy Noir from A PRARIE HOME COMPANION
25. The E-Trade Baby
26. Kevin Morton from PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
27. Thorny from OZZIE AND HARRIET
28. Dave from “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (any version)
29. Stifler from AMERICAN PIE
30. Joe Camel from Camel cigarettes
31. Sylvester P. Smythe from CRACKED MAGAZINE
32. Carfax Carfox from Carfax commercials
33. Time For Timer, The “Hankerin’ For A Hunk Of Cheese” character.
34. The Hatchet Man, from the Insane Clown Posse Logo
35. Barry The Bee from BEE MOVIE
36. Darla Marks (Parker Posey) from DAZED AND CONFUSED
37. Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) from GARDEN STATE
38. Silent Bob from the Kevin Smith Askewniverse
39. Cliff Paul from State Farm commercials
40. Richie Rich
41. Quagmire from FAMILY GUY
42. The California Raisins
43. Shaving Cream guy from the song “Shaving Cream”
44. The Six Flags Guy
45. Pepe Le Pew
46. The Great Gazoo
47. ET
48. Cotton Eyed Joe from the song “Cotton Eyed Joe”
49. Father Phil from THE SOPRANOS
50. The Grateful Dead Dancing Bears
51. The Turtles from the Grateful Dead’s TERRAPIN STATION album
52. Cows from the Chick-Fil-A Ads
53. Capt. Bayonne
54. Major Dad from MAJOR DAD
55. Guy smashing the ice cream cone on his head from Grateful Dead’s EUROPE ‘72
56. Mickey Mouse
57. Shia LaBeouf from INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
58. Frasier Crane from FRASIER
59. Chet from WEIRD SCIENCE
60. Fake SPACE JAM Michael Jordan
61. Seth from HARDCORE PAWN
62. The Mucinex Blob from the Mucinex commercials
63. Doug Stamper from HOUSE OF CARDS
64. Iron Jay from THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO
65. Mac Tonight from McDonald’s commercials
66. Mickey from SEINFELD
67. The Charmin Bears from Charmin commercials
68. Ken from STREET FIGHTER
69. Billy Mack from “Take The Money And Run”
70. The General from The General commercials
71. Lois from GOODFELLAS
72. Ed Wilson (Rodney Dangerfield) from NATURAL BORN KILLERS
73. Watto from STAR WARS
74. Chris Gaines
75. Ronald McDonald
76. Mr. Smith
77. The Guitarist from MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
78. The Driver in “The Sonic Guys” commercials
79. The Judge from the Bob Dylan song “Joey”
80. Jim from THE OFFICE
81. Q from STAR TREK
82. Terence McDonagh from BAD LIEUTENANT
83. The Noid from Domino’s commercials
84. Matter-Eater Lad
85. Batman from BATMAN (all versions)
86. The Kids in the Trix cereal commercials
87. Ashley from HARDCORE PAWN
88. Bud Bundy from MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
89. Spuds MacKenzie from Budweiser commercials
90. Jon Cryer’s character from TWO AND A HALF MEN
91. Maxwell The GEICO Pig
92. Millionaire Hobo (a famous Los Angeles musician look)
93. Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton) from SLING BLADE
94. The Lawnmower Man from THE LAWNMOWER MAN
95. The Ernie Statue from SESAME STREET
96. The Pillsbury Dough Boy from Pillsbury commercials
97. Virginia from the Train song “Meet Virginia”
98. Vacation Jason from THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW
99. Ziggy from ZIGGY
100. The Pure Prairie League album cover mascot

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