Nobody does it better than Tom Scharpling. This show is a unique blend of spontaneous conversations with callers, comedy sketches with his comrade John Wurster, and puppetry- that's right- puppetry in the theatre of the mind! The new Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy! Tom is a true hero to the hero-less, those of us who aren't Brooklyn hipsters, gadget-laden nerdists, dummy juvenile stoners, nor adherents to frat-boy Acemans, Smodcasters or celebrity-clotted dunderheads.
Give the show some time to appreciate the rhythms of the callers- both regulars and newbies, maybe try to listen to the show live Tuesday nights 9-mid on wfmu.org to better appreciate the call-in format. Enjoy the regular call ins of his comedy partner John W. in his various characters from the fictional Best Show NJ town of Newbridge. Speaking of which, enjoy the blend of local northern New Jerseyan flavor with national and international callers and guests.
Guests? Yes. He regularly has people on phone or in studio like Jen Kirkman, John Hodgeman, Zach Galifianakis, and Todd Barry from comedy; Tim and Eric, the creators of the Venture Bros., Rob Popper and Peter Serafinowitz creators of UKs "Look Around You" from TV; and comic book writers like Rob Schrab and Matt Fraction; and rock musicians like Ted Leo and Aimee Mann.
Tom's show is a great portal into comedial and pop cultural stuff that you might not have heard of...he's got me into Steve Coogan, the Ventue Bros., the bands Big Dipper and Big Star and the impossible: ABBA.
and enjoy the puppets Gary the Squirrel and Vance the 3-Eyed Prog-Rock Nerd.