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Dec 2, 2022 Chad Jennings
BEST SHOW BESTS! In this episode, Tom gets a call from Chad Jennings! (Originally Aired March 16, 2021)
Nov 30, 2022 KEITH MORRIS! THE TOP 50 LISTS YOU WANT TO HEAR ON THE BEST SHOW! JON KALE!
Tom is joined in studio by the legendary KEITH MORRIS! The original frontman and founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, OFF! chats with Tom about the brand new OFF! album "Free LSD", out now on Fat Possum records, his book "My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor", the endless legal battle with SST records, and so much more! Plus, future show topics are revealed as phones ring on: THE TOP 50 LISTS YOU WANT TO HEAR ON THE BEST SHOW! All this and a call from the one and only JON KALE? Yes. Only on THE BEST SHOW! Why is his name spelled like that? Well, for that you better hit the play button!
Nov 25, 2022 Andrew Dice Clay (with Kevin Corrigan)
BEST SHOW BESTS! Andrew Dice Clay calls in to talk to Tom and guest Kevin Corrigan!
Nov 23, 2022 DIO: DREAMERS NEVER DIE DIRECTORS DEMIAN FENTON AND DON ARGOTT! BIG PAUL IN FORESTBRIDGE! WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? SOUND COLLAGE!
Tom welcomes director duo DEMIAN FENTON & DON ARGOTT whose new documentary DIO: DREAMERS NEVER DIE is now streaming on Showtime! We hear a special SOUND COLLAGE, Tom gets a curious call from BIG PAUL IN FORESTBRIDGE, and the 50 STATES OF SPRINGSTEEN list is finally completed! All this and more? Well, duh. YES! Gobble Gobble, HEY!
Nov 18, 2022 Tippy Nerdlinger
BEST SHOW BESTS! In this episode, Tom gets a call from Tippy Nerdlinger! (Originally Aired March 09, 2021)
Nov 16, 2022 TIM HEIDECKER HOSTS THE BEST SHOW! CLAUDIA O’DOHERTY! JOHN EARLY! PATRICIA ARQUETTE & ERIC WHITE! FRED ARMISEN! 20 WORST BEATLES SONGS! JERRY FROM GLENDALE! MORE!
Part one of a two-part switcheroo! As our hero Tom gears up to guest host Office Hours this Thursday, the one and only TIM HEIDECKER guest hosts THE BEST SHOW! Phones ring on the topic: TOP 20 WORST BEATLES SONGS! Tim welcomes the brilliant CLAUDIA O’DOHERTY and JOHN EARLY to the studio! Plus, PATRICIA ARQUETTE, ERIC WHITE and FRED ARMISEN call in! We play a round of “TIM CAN’T COMPLAIN”! Tim takes a call from JERRY FROM GLENDALE and so much more! A MUST LISTEN.
Nov 11, 2022 Marcus Delgato
BEST SHOW BESTS! Tom gets a call from magician Marcus Delgato! (Originally Aired March 16th, 2021)
Nov 9, 2022 THE GARY THE SQUIRREL SHOW! With JAMES URBANIAK, SCOTT ROGOWSKY, ANNA ROISMAN and JAMES FRITZ!
It's the night you've all been waiting for! The debut of THE GARY THE SQUIRREL SHOW! Gary welcomes actor JAMES URBANIAK and comedians ANNA ROISMAN and JAMES FRITZ! Plus, sidekick SCOTT ROGOWSKY shows off his recent Alex Trebek closet raid! Hear Gary's monologue jokes! See bandleader VANCE THE PUPPET! And... more?! YES! Much more! Hit play and have your mind blown... (THIS IS A WARNING!)
Nov 4, 2022 Sal Vulcano
BEST SHOW BESTS! Comedian Sal Vulcano calls into The Best Show to talk to Tom, Pat, Mike and Jason. (Originally Aired March 02, 2021) New to the Best Show? Check out Best Show Bests, the greatest hits of The Best Show! Streaming every Thursday night on Twitch at 6pm PT and available every Friday on your podcast app.
Nov 2, 2022 ROB HALFORD! LIVE MUSIC FROM BLACK LIPS! GRIFFIN NEWMAN! DIMITRI FROM HALLOWEEN HAVEN!
A BEST SHOW for the record books! Metal legend ROB HALFORD talks to Tom about comedy, Heavy Metal Parking Lot and his amazing new book, “Biblical!” If that’s not enough, THE BLACK LIPS perform live from Forever Dog! GRIFFIN NEWMAN stops by to chat with Tom! And JASON "DUDIE" GORE shares some of his latest commercials! Also, Tom gets a call from DIMITRI at Halloween Haven!
Oct 28, 2022 MyToothbrush CEO Herb Dworkin
BEST SHOW BESTS! Tom gets a call from Herb Dworkin, the CEO of MyToothbrush. (Originally Aired February 08, 2021) New to the Best Show? Check out Best Show Bests, the greatest hits of The Best Show!
Oct 26, 2022 KID CONGO POWERS! MUSIC FROM WAND! DAMIAN FROM FUCKED UP! DARREN FROM WORK!
Music legend KID CONGO POWERS (The Gun Club, The Cramps, The Bad Seeds, The Pink Monkey Birds and more...) calls in about his memoir "Some New Kind of Kick” out now on Hachette Books! A special live set of music from Drag City recording artists', WAND! Plus, DAMIAN FROM FUCKED UP calls Tom about the new album "One Day" coming out in January! DARREN FROM WORK checks in! All this, plus a few more states are claimed in the ongoing 50 States of Springsteen!
Oct 21, 2022 Improve a Movie by Adding a Dirtbike
BEST SHOW BESTS! What movie could be improved by adding a dirtbike? Listeners call in and pitch Tom on their ideas, including Troy, A Hard Day's Night, Punch Drunk Love, and more! (Originally Aired December 20th, 2020).
Oct 19, 2022 THE FIFTY STATES OF SPRINGSTEEN! PHILLY BOY ROY! MORE!
This is a BIG ONE! We begin the journey to uncover THE FIFTY STATES OF SPRINGSTEEN! Who is the Bruce Springsteen of every U.S. state!? Plus, Tom gets a call from the one and only PHILLY BOY ROY! Maybe even a brief check-in from MIKE FROM BAYBRIDGE... WHAT?! Well, you gotta listen to believe it all!
Oct 12, 2022 DANIEL ROMANO’S OUTFIT! LIVE IN-STUDIO! DIRECTOR TOBY AMIES! BRYCE PREFONTAINE! CALLERS! SURPRISES!
Tonight on The Best Show, director TOBY AIMES calls in from the UK to talk with Tom about his new documentary In The Court Of The Crimson King: King Crimson at 50! DANIEL ROMANO'S OUTFIT perform live at Forever Dog Studios and talk with Tom! Also, Tom gets a call from BRYCE PREFONTAINE!
Oct 7, 2022 Best Show Bests: OPEN MOUTH, INSERT FOOT! BILL IN NEWBRIDGE UPON TYNE! NAME YOUR TOP 10 NU METAL BANDS! (MARCH 5TH, 2019)
A classic Best Show from March 5th, 2019! Phones ring on the subject, Open Mouth, Insert Foot! Bill from Newbridge Upon Tyne rings in! Plus, callers list their Top 10 Nu Metal bands!
Oct 5, 2022 TOM WRITES A CHILDREN’S BOOK LIVE WITH THE LISTENERS WHILE NATHAN GELGUD ILLUSTRATES! DETECTIVE SAMUEL RIMSHODT!
Another one for the books. Literally! Tom finally proves just how easy it is to write a children's book. Hear him complete the whole thing by the show's end with the amazing cartoonist NATHAN GELGUD illustrating in real-time along with hit-or-miss contributions from callers! Plus, Tom gets a ring from DETECTIVE SAMUEL RIMSHODT in Newbridge!
Sep 30, 2022 Merrill Markoe
New to the Best Show? Check out Best Show Bests, the greatest hits of The Best Show! In this episode, Tom talks with comedy legend MERRILL MARKOE on her incredible career and graphic memoir, We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe. (Originally aired December 15th, 2020)
Sep 28, 2022 RUBINESQUE Episode One
This week on The Best Show With Tom Scharpling, we're sharing the very first episode of our Patreon-exclusive podcast, RUBINESQUE! If you enjoyed our previous deep dive into the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, SO FAR, you're going to love RUBINESQUE! In every episode we'll dive deep into the music produced or executive produced by the one and only RICK RUBIN from 1981 to 2022. In the premiere episode, we take a look at the years 1981 through 1985 and focus on the beginnings of Def Jam and what the hip-hop scene was like during those formative years in the NYC metro area! Does Mike have a very insane connection to Rick Rubin? One we didn't even know about when we planned this podcast? You're going to have to listen to find out!
Sep 23, 2022 Bests 191 – PHILLY BOY ROY! POKEMON GO FOR TRUCKERS! THE WORST DECISIONS MADE BY OTHERWISE SMART PEOPLE! DREYFUSS 100!
PHILLY BOY ROY calls in from the Democratic National Convention! The debut of POKEMON GO FOR TRUCKERS! The topic is THE WORST DECISIONS MADE BY OTHERWISE SMART PEOPLE! Plus, the continuing saga/debacle of the DREYFUSS 100!
(Originally aired Wednesday, July 27, 2016)
Sep 21, 2022 FIFTY BEST KARAOKE SONGS OF ALL TIME! ALBERTINA RIZZO!
THIS IS THE BIG ONE. Tom and the callers list the FIFTY BEST KARAOKE SONGS OF ALL TIME!!! Hear what made the list and what did NOT make the list! Plus, the hilarious ALBERTINA RIZZO joins Tom in studio!
Sep 16, 2022 Bests 190 – Taco Bell Todd
New to the Best Show? Check out Best Show Bests, the greatest hits of The Best Show! In this episode, Tom gets a call from Taco Bell Todd!
Sep 14, 2022 SARAH MARSHALL! CHAKI & MIKE SONG DEBUT! ERIC WHITE! THE SUCK OLYMPICS BEGIN!
The amazing SARAH MARSHALL calls in to talk to Tom about her awesome podcast You're Wrong About and the upcoming live shows! Tom tries on DON RICKLES ties and tells his story about why Dodger Stadium SUCKS! Artist ERIC WHITE calls in to discuss his latest painting and more! Plus, A.P. MIKE debuts the long awaited collaboration with The Funk Wizard himself, CHAKI! All this, and the debut of THE SUCK OLYMPICS?! YES!!!
Sep 9, 2022 Bests 189 – Ballad of a Comeback Kid! (The First .NET Episode)
After a year plus hiatus following the WFMU departure, The Best Show returned with a vengeance in December of 2014 with a jam packed show to break in the new studio! Matthew Tompkins from the Shout! Network calls in to welcome Tom back! Kurt Vile checks in! Gary the Squirrel discusses his one-squirrel show and more!
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