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Jon Wurster performing with Superchunk in 2010
|Birth name||Jonathan Patrick Wurster|
|Also known as||Quasar|
|Born||October 31, 1966|
|Occupations||Drummer, Comedy Writer, Humorist|
|Associated acts||The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, Bob Mould, A.C. Newman, Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard|
Jonathan Patrick "Jon" Wurster (born October 31, 1966) is an American musician and humorist best known as the drummer for indie rockers Superchunk and The Mountain Goats, as well for his comedic work with radio host Tom Scharpling on the The Best Show on WFMU.
Wurster has recorded and/or performed live with artists such as Bob Mould, Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard, Robert Pollard, Katy Perry, The New Pornographers, Rocket from the Crypt, Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Guided by Voices, Marah, Alejandro Escovedo, A.C. Newman, Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, Inspiral Carpets, The Minus 5, and Charlie Daniels.
Early music career
Wurster booked the first show by legendary joke punkers The Dead Milkmen which took place at the Lower Salford Youth Association in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. He is name-checked in the Milkmen song "Stuart" ("Y'know that Johnny Wurster kid? The kid that delivers papers in the neighborhood…?") from their 1988 album, Beelzebubba.
In the mid-1980s Wurster played in The Right Profile, a roots rock band from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The band was signed to Arista Records and was co-founded by Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner.
Wurster is one half of the radio comedy team Scharpling and Wurster. Tom Scharpling is the longtime host of The Best Show on WFMU radio program. The duo have been releasing CDs on their Stereolaffs label since 1999. Their most recent album is 2007's The Art of The Slap. Scharpling and Wurster have collaborated in music videos written and directed by Tom Scharpling and starring Wurster. The videos were created for The New Pornographers, Aimee Mann, and The Postal Service.
Wurster is a frequent contributor to Modern Drummer magazine.