The Best Show On WFMU was a combination music, comedy, and call-in radio program that ran from 2000 thru 2013 on New Jersey’s free-form, independent radio station WFMU. Hosted by Tom Scharpling, it lived up to its billing of “three hours of mirth, music, and mayhem”. Tom would usually kick-off the show with songs ranging from Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles Last Stand” to modern acts like F*cked Up. After the music , Tom usually hosted comedians & musicians in-studio and took calls from listeners. Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster would frequently call the show as a variety of characters from the very fictional, very surreal New Jersey suburb of “Newbridge.” Frequent Wurster characters included “Philly Boy Roy” (an unflinching supporter of all things Philadelphia), “Timmy von Trimble” (a genetically modified, two-inch-tall racist), and “The Gorch” (a senior citizen from York, Pennsylvania, who claims that the character of The Fonz on the TV show Happy Days was based on him, without permission).

A year after The Best Show On WFMU exited the airwaves, the program returned as a streaming Internet show and can be heard every Tuesday from 9pm to midnight at

This bit from July 21st, 2009 is a classic from the old show. Tom & comedian Paul F. Tompkins discuss an ad promoting the upcoming Gathering Of The Juggalos, a multi-day festival hosted by Insane Clown Posse in middle of nowhere — Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. It’s the funniest 45 minutes in existence. Enjoy!