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February 2, 2011 11:16 AM   Subscribe

Radio comedy call-in powerhouse The Best Show on WFMU is available in delicious bite sized jems.
posted by The Devil Tesla (20 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Jem?
posted by zamboni at 11:18 AM on February 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


Delicious bite sized Jems
posted by ardgedee at 11:21 AM on February 2, 2011


Wait...whaaaaaaaaat? Yer nuts!

Few things bring me as much joy as Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster and The Best Show on WFMU.

One of my all-time favs, although it's probably the silliest thing they've ever done so make sure you're strapped in and have your helmet on: Big Bill & Little Bill
posted by unsupervised at 11:25 AM on February 2, 2011


Jem?
posted by unSane at 11:34 AM on February 2, 2011


Not on the podcast but maybe the best intro to The Best Show: Tom Scharpling and comedienne Paul F. Tompkins discuss the 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos.
posted by unsupervised at 11:34 AM on February 2, 2011


Yes, it's good... but clearly, Seven Second Delay is the best show on 'FMU!

(May God bless and protect WFMU.)
posted by R. Mutt at 11:59 AM on February 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Big Bill/Little Bill is absolutely brilliant. Wurster is under appreciated as a comic.
posted by Ike_Arumba at 12:05 PM on February 2, 2011


Cool. I just discovered the Best Show Gems podcast a few days ago. I almost never remember to listen to it on Tuesdays, and I'm unlikely to download and listen to a three-hour archived show, so this is perfect.

The most recent one (Matthew Tompkins is Back on the Shout! Network) is very funny.
posted by roll truck roll at 12:14 PM on February 2, 2011


I was listening to the latest Best Show Gym when I saw this posted. & unsupervised is right, Big Bill and Little Bill (and Mr. Sherbet) is a great place to start.

I know that this podcast was designed to get people listening, but I really don't think you can get a sense of the show without logging at least 21 or so hours of the actual show. At 3 hours a pop, it's no small commitment, but always worth it. Perfect marathon training playlist.

The thing they've been doing lately involving a little mouse in a cape running by consistently cracks me up.
posted by activitystory at 12:25 PM on February 2, 2011



Few things bring me as much joy as Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster and The Best Show on WFMU.


Indeed.

If you want to you can thank the guy who edits the Gems over on Twitter: @Degrell. Martin is a super guy.
posted by paddysat at 12:36 PM on February 2, 2011


I'll say it before and say it again, WFMU is just awesome all around.
posted by wheelieman at 12:38 PM on February 2, 2011


But not Scout?
posted by cmoj at 12:46 PM on February 2, 2011


I somehow doubt this post will attract people who don't already know about The Best Show. But I'd just like to say that Metafilter introduced me to The Best Show, and I now listen to it religiously. I actually let out a whimper when I found out Tom was off this week and there wouldn't be three hours of mirth, music and mayhem to listen to.

The gems are a great way for people who missed the first several years of the show to catch up, and hear the development of the Scharpling/Wurster dynamic.

This one, Hot Rockin' Ronny Calls from a Political Convention, is really amazing.

Also: A Call from Dr. Dandy Dan Dannington.
posted by thebergfather at 1:11 PM on February 2, 2011


My favorite ever bit from The Best Show. A phone call from Travis Edgekin*, Pirate Radio DJ.


*Patton Oswalt
posted by billyfleetwood at 1:17 PM on February 2, 2011


Sorry, posted from a bookmark that no longer seems to be working.
posted by billyfleetwood at 1:19 PM on February 2, 2011


I've worked out to this podcast before and nearly hurt myself laughing. Lesson learned: never work out.
posted by nutate at 5:48 PM on February 2, 2011


Oh also the John Hodgman and Tom drinking 4loko episode is hilarious (not yet a gem).
posted by nutate at 5:49 PM on February 2, 2011


Oh also the John Hodgman and Tom drinking 4loko episode is hilarious (not yet a gem).

Yes. That was so good. Can be heard here. (Link to show in pop-up player. Full archives here. Said show is 12/14/2010.)
posted by paddysat at 6:31 PM on February 2, 2011


Reggae Schoolroom, Downtown Soulville, Sinners Crossroads, and For The Record with Dave Emory are ESSENTIAL shows on fmu. greatest radio station on earth. support FMU!!!
posted by frankbooth at 6:46 PM on February 2, 2011


All great shows, but Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker is not only the best show on WFMU, it may be the greatest radio program in the country right now.
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 10:03 PM on February 2, 2011


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