Scharpling & Wurster

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Scharpling and Wurster are a long-form radio comedy duo composed of Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster. Scharpling was a writer/producer for the USA network program Monk. Wurster is the drummer for indie rock pioneers Superchunk and was also the drummer in The Ascended Masters, Guided by Voices vocalist Robert Pollard's solo touring band. He is also currently the drummer for The Mountain Goats and Bob Mould.

Scharpling was the longtime host of The Best Show on WFMU radio program on WFMU in Jersey City, NJ which ran until December 2013. Wurster would call in as a bevy of characters, including The Gorch (an elderly hoodlum who claims he was the basis for Fonzie), Philly Boy Roy (enthusiast of all things Philly), Timmy von Trimble (a two-inch racist) and Corey Harris (of the band Mother 13). As of December 2014, the show has returned as an independent production.

Scharpling and Wurster release their "Best of the Best Show" CDs on Stereolaffs Records, a label they founded in 1999.

Scharpling and Wurster contributed to several episodes of the 2006 season of the Cartoon Network program Tom Goes to the Mayor. The duo also co-authored the "(Not So) Great Moments in Rock" for Harp Magazine.

In 2016, the duo guest-starred in Simpsons episode "The Marge-ian Chronicles," playing Paul and Barry, scientists leading a privately funded mission to Mars.

Discography (with Scharpling and Wurster)[edit]

  • Rock, Rot and Rule (Stereolaffs, 1999)
  • Chain Fights, Beer Busts and Service with a Grin (Stereolaffs, 2002)
  • New Hope for the Ape-Eared (Stereolaffs, 2004)
  • Hippy Justice (Stereolaffs, 2005)
  • The Art of the Slap (Stereolaffs, 2007) press bio
  • The Best of The Best Show (Numero Group, 2015)


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