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Title: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: DennyRock on April 26, 2014, 01:11:21 AM
Any good suggestions for the deep cut of the Best Show playlist?  I came across an old bit that had me crying from laughter.  The fact that Tom did this off the top of his head just proves the genius-level comedy provided on this show.  This might seem crazy, but i'm going to transcribe as much of this as possible, because I don't see that any audio is available on youtube.  If you want to pull it up in the archives, check out August 23, 2011 circa 50 minutes.  Here it goes.

Tom Sings over Pet Sounds Instrumentals:

The topic begins by discussing The Who discography, wherein Tom makes the claim that The Who Sell Out is The Who's Pet Sounds, without the two "grade A turkey instrumentals", which he describes as music for "buying lawn furniture". 

These instrumentals...let's check these instrumentals out.  I know I got put words to these things.  "Let's Go Away For Awhile"

Now, look: I've listened to Pet Sounds more than any of you...more than any of you.  Trust me.  But I know there are two grade A turkeys on this thing, and they are the instrumentals.

This is Let's Go Away For Awhile.


The track starts playing.[/b]

Let me think.  How can I sing to this? Let me think. Let's see. Okay I got it. start it over.

(Tom revises (revitalizes?) the song...)

And I was walking down the street one day, and then i decided to go away
I figured I'd take a long trip.
I got my car and drove across the bridge.
I went to town and had a sandwich too. 
And everybody loved it.
Because it was time to go away.

So baby let's go away for awhile and figure out the things they're saying about us. 
Everone's gotta know that life can be hard. 
But sometimes you just.....
You just gotta get away...
Sometimes you gotta get away...


Bridge:

And if you feel that you have been left behind it is  time for you to get away for a while

Song stops

I'm doing this off the top of my head!  This dude couldn't have written a melody for this thing?! What's the otherr one? Pet Sounds.  Pet Sounds is the other one with no lyrics.

The track Pet Sounds begins

Hey  You.
Hey! You gotta realize that life can be so hard
Hey
How bout you got to walk away like I sang, in that other song.


It's a concept album you see....okay maybe this one isn't so easy.

Mike--this might seem a little rash--but will you put Brian Wilson in the hate pit until he puts out the album he promised us, Pleasure Island."
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: dave in the yard on April 26, 2014, 12:45:20 PM
I'll often hear tom say something so funny i figure it's gotta be searchable.  if you type in "real life ed harris.  real life ed harris that got a bucket of water poured on his head", nothing happens though.  so i encourage your transcription efforts.  almost any chunk of tom talking is gold. 
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: John M. on May 02, 2014, 09:57:47 AM
I relistened to this last night after reading this thread and loved it. I had almost forgotten about the ban on regular callers. Even though I loved hearing the regulars week to week, this was a great period in the show.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: nrt4 on May 02, 2014, 11:29:17 PM
There's one episode where Tom says something along the lines of, "I'll say this: If any members of Smash Mouth are listening, if that guy singing for you begins to cop an attitude, I'll gladly take his place." The first time I heard that, I couldn't stop laughing.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: DennyRock on May 03, 2014, 02:49:43 AM
Here's a short one, but a good one.  The topic is "never seen it, heard it, or read it."  Date: September 11, 2012.

FMU, you're on the air...


Hello?

Yes, hi.

Hi.  My name is Quinn, and I'm 30 years old.


Hi, Quinn.  How are you tonight?

I'm great.  Um...I have never seen this movie "Wayne's World".

Do you like comedies?

Hm...yeah.

"Hm..yeah".  Look, at this point, you can get by without seeing "Wayne's World".

Really?

...Yeah.  Yeah.

Aren't there, like, references in culture...to it?

Yeah.  "Party on, Garth".

Oh.  I've heard that.

Yeah, okay...Are you planning on saying "party on, Garth" to people anytime soon?

No.

No. Yeah, you're okay.  What's the other one?
(the other film she hasn't seen).

Uh...The Santa Clause with Tim Allen.

What?!  You've never seen that?!  You're 30...what...you didn't....did you go to college?

Yeah.

Did you have any sort of film appreciation class?

No.

No?  Well, that explains that...Look, you can make it without seeing "The Santa Clause" and "Wayne's World".  You can make it by.

Alright...

You sound skeptical.

Yeah, I am--because people talk about it.

Who's talking about The Santa Clause?!?!  Who are you hanging out with?!  You must be hanging out WITH Tim Allen. 

I'm not saying I'm not....

(smirk)...I'm not saying I'm not.  And then you hung up.  That's actually a pretty good way to end the call: "I'm not saying I'm not"...click.











Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: stubing on May 06, 2014, 12:28:29 AM
Hello! I am no Best Show expert, but I think I found a Best Show in the archives that is a defining moment in the show. It's an early one and it is so incredible that it may mark the transition point from when this show was merely the "best" to when it became transcendent. This show is SO AMAZING. (sorry for the all caps). There is a great Philly Boy Roy call, (and some dudes always trying to sing Kansas songs), but beyond that, there is a tone to the show that demonstrates what it would become. (I think it's also where "Party Zone" came from.) Anyone who hasn't heard Tom go into the "Party Zone" must hear Tom go into the "Party Zone."
Check it out: Jan. 21, 2003. Go to the archives. IT IS AWESOME!!!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: mostlymeat on May 06, 2014, 01:14:23 PM
It's an early one and it is so incredible that it may mark the transition point from when this show was merely the "best" to when it became transcendent.

It's awesome that the name of the show was a self-fufilling prophecy. I love listening to the first episode when Tom talks about the name of the show and why it's called "The Best Show" and what that name means, and how audacious that was then.

And then it came true, the The Best Show became the best show. We miss you Tom!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: BadGuyZero on May 07, 2014, 11:24:32 AM
Tom talking about MC5 on the July 27, 2004 show is fantastic.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: fonpr on May 07, 2014, 07:16:57 PM
Can I get a non-real media version of this episode?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: justinmh05 on May 07, 2014, 07:51:08 PM
Tom talking about pulling a scam on the owner of Jackson 21's family is an all-time classic.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: B_Buster on May 07, 2014, 10:37:44 PM
Can I get a non-real media version of this episode?

Too cool for Real Player?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on May 08, 2014, 08:01:30 AM
I get these all the time as I work my way backwards through the archive.

The latest is from October 23, 2007, when Tom and PFT are talking.

Tom confesses that for three full minutes after Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota, Tom was picturing Randy "Macho Man" Savage and couldn't believe that that guy was a governor now.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: DennyRock on May 13, 2014, 01:36:08 AM
November 27, 2012 is a great one.  Really weird at the beginning.  One of the first callers wants to know if Tom has any "requests" for his--no joke--theremin busking strategy.  A strategy that includes playing the melody lines of songs with the theremin and then asking for a dollar.  Tom was legitimately taken a back for a second.  He tried to give a serious answer ("any Roy Orbison song will do").  Then, out of nowhere, Tom starts signing the song in complete theremin style.  At the end of the ear-cringing rendition, Tom asks the kid if he liked it.  The obvious answer was "no, and if I was listening on the radio, I would've changed the channel."  But no, the caller said "it was great!" 

"GET OFF MY PHONE!" was Tom's response.

"That wasn't great!  Just leave people alone.  People are trying to hail a cab and you're out there playing the beginning to "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath.  People have things to do."  He then does more theremin noise, which cannot be replicated, nor would I have been able to because it put me in tears.

And right after that, another entrepreneur seeks advice--this time, the advice he needs is advice for the t-shirt company he's just started.  The, what should be legendary, Best Show call by a likely inebriated Woliner wherein he tries to explain the concept in hopes that more shirts will be posted.  Tom was a stern friend: admonishing him for lashing out at people engaged, yet clearly stating that Jason was partially responsible for this disaster, both by not doing more research and by failing to ignore the "haters' of his product.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: BadGuyZero on May 13, 2014, 10:35:25 AM
The Je Shirt enterprise provided lots of laughs.

http://jeshirt.tumblr.com/ (http://jeshirt.tumblr.com/)

http://jeshirt.com/ (http://jeshirt.com/)
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: johnnynovato on May 14, 2014, 12:06:35 PM
Isn't there an episode in which Tom talks about Alfonzo Blackwell? (HOT, BLAZING, SCORCHING, SEXY.) Where can it be found?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Patrick on May 14, 2014, 04:34:26 PM
one of my favorite deep cuts is from early on, maybe 03? the jist of it: tom is doing an unfair recoard review of the new Steve Malkmus album and Jon calls up.  this seems like it is unscripted, and there also feels like there is a little tension in Jon's voice, like maybe he knows steve in passing, and realizes that if he has any chips to cash that he is about to burn them, cuz tom ask the callers name and jon says something like he does not want to say and that he is kinda nervous...  and it builds from there, with Jon ending the call saying something like  "got that new Monster Magnet? turn it up!!

upon further inspection the show is from March 6 2001, at about the 1/2 hour mark....
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: John Junk on May 16, 2014, 05:07:36 PM
I remember that  ---was that the final unfair record review?  He called one of Malkmus' songs "Veggie Burger in Paradise". 
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: mostlymeat on May 16, 2014, 05:59:36 PM
I remember that  ---was that the final unfair record review?  He called one of Malkmus' songs "Veggie Burger in Paradise".

Hahaha awesome. Did you hear Malkmus on WTF? He sounded just like Pudge.

Maron: " What about Slanted and Enchanted? That's one's GREAT"
Malkmus: "I dunno...it's not that good.......we didn't try that hard...."
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on May 17, 2014, 11:29:14 PM
When I was nineteen I was kid-napped by Turkish pirates.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Joe Rogaine on May 19, 2014, 01:55:15 AM
Not Best Show, but does anybody know where i can find the bit Tom did on 7 Second Delay where he called in as a Veterinarian?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: nrt4 on May 29, 2014, 02:06:26 AM
When Julian from the Strokes calls in and acts basically like any JW character. After Tom says "no" to his request he chimes in, "You know...you know who this is, right?"
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Joe Rogaine on May 29, 2014, 11:31:54 PM
When Julian from the Strokes calls in and acts basically like any JW character. After Tom says "no" to his request he chimes in, "You know...you know who this is, right?"

Sounds like the time John Mayer called in to Ron and Fez and asked if the screener told them who it was trying to get through.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: not that clay on May 30, 2014, 02:53:32 AM
Not Best Show, but does anybody know where i can find the bit Tom did on 7 Second Delay where he called in as a Veterinarian?

oh I really want to hear this.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: djtyler on May 30, 2014, 03:50:51 AM
Not Best Show, but does anybody know where i can find the bit Tom did on 7 Second Delay where he called in as a Veterinarian?

oh I really want to hear this.

seconded!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on June 01, 2014, 01:45:50 PM
When Julian from the Strokes calls in and acts basically like any JW character. After Tom says "no" to his request he chimes in, "You know...you know who this is, right?"

I believe that's Andy Earles as Julian.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: nrt4 on June 01, 2014, 10:31:16 PM
When Julian from the Strokes calls in and acts basically like any JW character. After Tom says "no" to his request he chimes in, "You know...you know who this is, right?"

I believe that's Andy Earles as Julian.

Ah! Would explain the style. I need to listen to more of the early years.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: djtyler on June 07, 2014, 07:19:00 PM
10/24/2000
H. Jon Benjamin (Mets fan) vs. Matt Walsh (Yankees fan) in studio.

I'm just now listening to the first year of shows, and this one is pretty funny.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: djtyler on June 08, 2014, 02:10:42 AM
It's also first PBR, I believe.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on June 08, 2014, 11:59:06 AM
This is not funny, but I believe Jeremy/James calls into the 9/4/2007 show as himself and talks about Bob Saget and Netflix. It's at 43:50 of the podcast.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Carver on June 21, 2014, 11:30:44 AM
12-2-2008.
At around the 1:02:00 point Tom starts planning his career as a country musician, complete with Foghorn Leghorn voice, which then segues into him playing and riffing on the Morton Downey Jr. country song.   
The "Oh, family" topic calls are also pretty hilarious throughout the show.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: agent_jimmy on June 24, 2014, 11:24:48 AM
I'm listening to Wurster's call from the 8-30-2010 episode and it might be one of my favorites. The caller thought he sent his son, Chauncey, to Allentown Summer Camp in Lancaster, PA but it was actually Allintown Sumer Camp in Lancaster, NH. Hilarity ensues, as you can imagine.....

it starts about 1:10:00 on the WFMU archive. I'm not sure about the time on the podcast.

This friday (or saturday morning) is the anniversary of GG passing on. it's seems like just yesterday.....
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Jixby Phillips on July 11, 2014, 02:17:39 PM
There are stupid moments from the show that rattle around in my head constantly. Two that stand out:

A guy calling the show on-topic ends his call by casually saying "smoke weed" instead of goodbye

I LOVE/I HATE: An enthusiastic-sounding goofball is prompted to finish "I LOVE" he says "The Best Show on WFMU hosted by Tom Scharpling" (if I remember correctly) and when prompted for "I HATE" he answers, gleefully, "gay people!"
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Stanley on July 14, 2014, 03:10:14 PM
Bernie Taupin's Music Tarp...
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: pnic101 on August 02, 2014, 10:46:21 PM
Hoping to get help on a call I can't find (without a lot of digging) -- A Philly Boy Roy call where he discusses a petting zoo he runs that has all sorts of dangerous animals.  Anyone know which one this is?  I seem to remember being one of his very funniest.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: cameron on August 04, 2014, 06:14:02 AM
looking for a call in which the caller (Philly Bly Roy maybe?) is talking about something terrible he'd seen and is borderline screaming, and yells "IT WAS WORSE THAN 'SCANNERS'!! probably rom 2012 or 2013 I think, does anyone know?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: DennyRock on August 15, 2014, 01:27:03 AM
This is one of those great Scharpling turn-arounds.  IMO, this shows his mastery of knowing ahead of time whether a caller is going to tank and be boring, or lead down a hilarious trail.  I imagine you only get a skill like this after years and years of experience.

Date: 12/15/2009
Time: circa 58 minutes

Tom: 'FMU, you're on the air.

Caller: Oh. hey.

Tom: Hello?

Caller: Hey.  What's goin' on? Hello? Hello?

Tom: Hello.  What's goin' on?  You're on.  Who am I speaking to?

Caller: Theresa.

Tom: Theresa, where are you calling from?

Caller: Oh, I'm calling from the Hudson Valley in New York.

Tom: How are things tonight in the Hudson Valley?

Caller: Very clear...

Tom: ....alright

Caller: Crystal clear.  Crystal clear.

Tom: Okay. Clear.  What can I do for you tonight,
Theresa?

Caller: I don't know what the program dictates.  What is the genre of the evening?

Tom: Well, basically this is a talk show.  We do a thing where we do a lot of personal talk up front, and we do a thing where we transition to hardcore political discussions.

Caller: Oh really now?

Tom: Yes.  So, if you want to kick off the political discussion, the floor is yours.

Caller: Really? Hey. Okay.  Alright.  Well then, why don't we discuss what Steve Perry was discussing as a correspondent in (sic) CNN; he was discussing all the violence that's going on in Chicago and the big problem in the country of the violence of children and children on children.  And how we're very concerned with this overseas conflict when we have this conflict here.

Tom: So, tonight's topic, as suggested by Theresa from the Hudson Valley, is Child-on-Child Violence.  Let's get to the bottom of this tonight.  It is an epidemic ravaging our country, when our own children fight our own children.  Is there really hope for our society?

Now, Theresa are you against this Child-on-Child violence going on in our country?

Theresa:  Well isn't everyone?  Children are our future. They learn what they live.  And as Steve Perry said as the CNN correspondence, the ministers in the community should be ashamed to take their tithe money on Sunday with that much violence in the community, and the politicians well, and the teachers who have a charter school in the country who...

Tom: Now, Steve Perry, he's on what network?

Theresa: CNN.  I should say that his school is out of East Orange and for many many years East Orange would garner the award for Cleanest City in America.

Tom: When did East Orange get that award?  1803?

Theresa: No, in I don't appreciate your sarcasm.

Tom: Now what a minute.  Where are you? Aren't you in the Hudson River Valley?  Why aren't you in East Orange making it better?

Theresa:  I'd love to.

Tom: Then do it.

Theresa: I'd love to.

Tom: So, do it!
...

Tom: Now you got mad when I suggested that East Orange won the award in 1803.

Theresa: Yeah, they won the award up until the 70's.

Tom: Now, when you say "70's" do you mean the year 70?  Alright let me read this note from my producer.  Okay it says "Hang up on this call.  It is a boring call and no one wants to listen to it."  Theresa, I just want to say thank you for kicking off the show.  We're going to have a great topic and a great show so thank you for your contribution.

Caller: Okay, and just the other day on Sunday...

Click.



Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: dave in the yard on August 15, 2014, 05:41:23 AM
im laughing so hard remembering/reading that.  that is the BEST.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Stanley on August 15, 2014, 02:11:02 PM
Zork Is Coming!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: justinmh05 on August 15, 2014, 04:28:04 PM
Zork Is Coming!

My favorite Best Show segment ever.

"Drain me Zork" - Roderick Piper.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Mr. Spacely on August 17, 2014, 06:56:54 PM
Some of my favorite recent Wurster calls that never got the Gems love are the Darren Goes to Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp call from November 2010 and the Ron Scharpling post-Christmas call from December 2010.

Wurster is ON FIRE for the Ron Scharpling call. From the second Tom answers, "Ron" is just unloading. It's fantastic and just escalates from there. They found a whole new gear in that one.

Conversely, the Darren call is fascinating becomes it's from Tom's first show back after a couple month sabbatical and he still sounds pretty down and gets pretty frustrated with Darren as the call goes on (Darren got fudge all over his car). He's said on these boards that he was only acting, so it's definitely a great example of how much Tom brings to the table as a straight man -- and also how hard being a straight man is.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: JRSly on August 18, 2014, 01:01:03 AM
Ha, Tom really does sound at his wit's end with Darren's nonsense. I've always really loved that call too, the running gag of people being absurdly short never ceases to slay me.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: ndmvhc on August 31, 2014, 09:51:00 PM
Anyone know the episode when a caller mentions he is "shredding reams [of paper]"? I think the caller was Darren but I'm not sure. I just remember the "shredding reams" part and that it was awesome.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Andrew F on August 31, 2014, 10:28:42 PM
Anyone know the episode when a caller mentions he is "shredding reams [of paper]"? I think the caller was Darren but I'm not sure. I just remember the "shredding reams" part and that it was awesome.


One call that comes to mind is Bill from CC on May 13, 2008. He gave a laundry list of excuses for the company softball game, and every time Tom caught him in a lie, he constantly corrected himself by saying "you must have misunderstood me," then changed his story. "Shredding reams" is repeated throughout at one point.

It's also a Best Show Gem:
http://wfmu.org/listen.m3u?show=41629&archive=71513 (http://wfmu.org/listen.m3u?show=41629&archive=71513)
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: ndmvhc on September 02, 2014, 01:07:07 AM
Anyone know the episode when a caller mentions he is "shredding reams [of paper]"? I think the caller was Darren but I'm not sure. I just remember the "shredding reams" part and that it was awesome.


One call that comes to mind is Bill from CC on May 13, 2008. He gave a laundry list of excuses for the company softball game, and every time Tom caught him in a lie, he constantly corrected himself by saying "you must have misunderstood me," then changed his story. "Shredding reams" is repeated throughout at one point.

It's also a Best Show Gem:
[url]http://wfmu.org/listen.m3u?show=41629&archive=71513[/url] ([url]http://wfmu.org/listen.m3u?show=41629&archive=71513[/url])


Thanks!

Great call. "I'm not weaving anything!" "My mommy put it on top of the fridge where I couldn't get to it."
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: noah on September 10, 2014, 05:05:58 PM
I'm working my way through 2007, Martin from Edison tells his story about almost getting beat up in Boston while skateboarding, Tom goes for Tony Alva and some destroying pools jokes instead of the obvious Tony Hawk and maybe some Street League jokes.  Such a good example of Tom's ability to make gold out of nothing and vast cultural knowledge.  The Best.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Joe Rogaine on September 10, 2014, 05:27:28 PM
I think I have traced the first Earles and Jensen appearance back to 2001 when Tom did the big Bands on the Run show.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: AspiringCanadian on October 17, 2014, 03:30:44 PM
From the 2/8/11 show.  The call starts at the 2:52:30 mark.
The caller wants to discuss Olivia Munn in the hate pit, the caller says he's married, Tom is 100% certain that he is not and asks him when he got married.  He declares, March 30th, 2006.  While I guess it's possible, March 30th, 2006 was a Thursday.  Tom censures him at the end! 

I don't know if this is necessarily the right thread for this, but I found it hilarious.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: fonpr on October 17, 2014, 06:13:59 PM
big Bands on the Run.


(http://chicabands.com/media/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Juniorbobcatspix1-may-13-300x141.jpg)
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Lothar_Brightblade on October 20, 2014, 02:24:40 PM
From the David Clayton Thomas "lost episode:"

Dick Halligan Jr.: The only thing I do want to bring up Tom, Thank God my father trademarked the work "Kwanzaa" before his death.

Tom: The word "Kwanzaa"--you mean the African American holiday?

Dick Halligan Jr.: Well, actually it was a term my father used to say, it was a jazz term. My father would, in between trombone solos, would scat and say things, and one of those things was "uh-kawanzaa, kawanzaa, kawanzaa, kawanzaa"

Tom: So he got a copyright on that.

Dick Halligan Jr.: He copyrighted the word "Kwanza"a, and this year alone Kwanzaa has made revenues over $700 Million and we see,--

Tom: Now that I find very...

Dick Halligan Jr.: --the Halligan family sees 15% of that.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: spamheat on October 21, 2014, 01:35:39 PM
These are deep cuts in the sense of not being Gems, but they are relatively recent and maybe not so obscure. Just do yourself a favour and re listen to Tom's Nephew Caesar on Dec. 7, 2010 and call from an Egyptian (Rick Von Gilderschmidt), Feb 8, 2011 ("You Egyptadip!"). Both are in the midst of the mouse plague and it's easy to see why with how hilarious these calls are. Really cannot wait for this to return.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on October 21, 2014, 02:11:01 PM
I was so pleased to see that Count Rockula made the cut for the box set. That's probably my favorite call of the past 3 or 4 years.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: ccorbin on October 21, 2014, 02:32:22 PM
<3
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on October 21, 2014, 03:43:33 PM
COUNT ROCKULA: ... And they figured out that my CD about saving the environment actually killed about 245 baby raccoons.

TOM: Oh my God. So that's kind of what you meant about it not going well.

COUNT ROCKULA: It didn't go well at all, no.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Epic Soundtracks on October 23, 2014, 08:29:34 AM
Listening to the show in order and up to early 2006...the Mexican-standoff for an apology between Tom and "Poster Children" I listened to last night is a complete classic. Even Tom's run of the mill shows are so much better than the best anything else! Also, as Mike W has commented before, the slow emergence of AP Mike over the episodes is a thing to behold. So far though Mike Healy's pass-agg convo with Tom about DVDs takes the cake...
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: justinmh05 on October 23, 2014, 09:44:59 AM
Listening to the show in order and up to early 2006...the Mexican-standoff for an apology between Tom and "Poster Children" I listened to last night is a complete classic. Even Tom's run of the mill shows are so much better than the best anything else! Also, as Mike W has commented before, the slow emergence of AP Mike over the episodes is a thing to behold. So far though Mike Healy's pass-agg convo with Tom about DVDs takes the cake...

The Poster Children were super annoying.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: spamheat on October 23, 2014, 10:37:18 AM
The Poster Children were super annoying.

They certainly were. But at least they gave us Zeph Marshak.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Epic Soundtracks on October 23, 2014, 10:39:03 AM
They sounded just like what I imagine Pomplamoose sound like when speaking (actually, the lady poster child wasn't that bad, the guy tho....just. wow.)
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Epic Soundtracks on October 23, 2014, 11:42:35 AM
since I'm here
http://news-briefs.ew.com/2014/10/10/the-best-show-returns-tom-scharpling/?hootPostID=6e09cbc7cfee337e9a050d343f0cbf3d (http://news-briefs.ew.com/2014/10/10/the-best-show-returns-tom-scharpling/?hootPostID=6e09cbc7cfee337e9a050d343f0cbf3d)
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on October 23, 2014, 11:44:01 AM
Now, the guy playing Rick from Poster Children who talks to Zeph wasn't *actually* Rick from Poster Children.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Omar on October 23, 2014, 01:55:59 PM
Re: Poster Children/Zeph, I can reveal that while there are two Zeph quick-hits in the Numero box, a couple of other meatier Zeph calls were ultimately not strongly considered because they were too wrapped up in that weird Poster Children feud and, in one case, featured a rather humorless Mr. Valentin.

This included his riffs on Thanksgiving with Rick and Rose where he was "in the cups”, talk of the appearance of “little Zeph,” taking PC drummer Howie Kantoff to task for wearing gloves, etc.  There was another call where he talked about slapping tethered rhinos to condition his hands for competitive slapfighting. He also wanted Marvel to consider a “Skillet Man” character.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on October 23, 2014, 03:04:25 PM
Re: Poster Children/Zeph, I can reveal that while there are two Zeph quick-hits in the Numero box, a couple of other meatier Zeph calls were ultimately not strongly considered because they were too wrapped up in that weird Poster Children feud and, in one case, featured a rather humorless Mr. Valentin.

This included his riffs on Thanksgiving with Rick and Rose where he was "in the cups”, talk of the appearance of “little Zeph,” taking PC drummer Howie Kantoff to task for wearing gloves, etc.  There was another call where he talked about slapping tethered rhinos to condition his hands for competitive slapfighting. He also wanted Marvel to consider a “Skillet Man” character.

Those are two of the best calls in the history of the Best Show. Zeph is my favorite all time Best Show caller, along with another proto-Zeph named Richard Rutherford from the Vice Presidential Debate calls.

Those call also feature "the toikey" and Zeph's revelation that while he lives in Columbia, South Carolina he is from, as the wrestlers say, "parts unknown."

I stand corrected on Rick not being Rick. He sort of tries to play along to the point where I thought it might be a ringer.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Epic Soundtracks on October 23, 2014, 06:25:05 PM
Now, the guy playing Rick from Poster Children who talks to Zeph wasn't *actually* Rick from Poster Children.

Oh OK, I was thinking while listening, this guy can't possibly really be this smarmy, can he? nice acting, whoever he is!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on October 24, 2014, 11:20:43 AM
iago - I was wrong. Omar says that *is* Rick from Poster Children and he *is* that smarmy. Live and (don't) learn, I guess!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: jxmitchell on October 24, 2014, 12:38:55 PM
Really enjoyed the "Seinfeld's agent calls Tom to cancel an interview" call on the November 22, 2005 episode. Not sure whether it's a true "dee cut" but I'd never heard it before, as some other things took president.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: kevin g on October 24, 2014, 02:31:17 PM
What I believe was a Philly Boy Roy call from years ago ended: "Hey, you're bein' sarcastic, ain't ya? Well I can be sarcastic, too: Go die!"

If anyone can identify this call, I'd love to hear it again. I've never been able to forget that line.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Epic Soundtracks on October 24, 2014, 03:23:22 PM
iago - I was wrong. Omar says that *is* Rick from Poster Children and he *is* that smarmy. Live and (don't) learn, I guess!

WOW. OK, good to know! By the way, changing my moniker to Epic Soundtracks in a bit since that's what I go by on Fredericks/Mikes Skype thing!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Chooch on October 26, 2014, 04:27:15 PM
Not sure if this thread is the appropriate place for this, but I just came across AP Mike's first appearance on the show as a caller - December 9, 2003. Called in to bust Tom's balls on his taste in music. Tom proceeded to school him on the quality Dinosaur Jr. catalog and of Nirvana's post-Kurt legacy.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: InspectorHound on October 26, 2014, 05:12:54 PM
time?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: spamheat on October 26, 2014, 06:46:03 PM
Looks like Pepe in Milwaukee (http://wfmu.org/flashplayer.php?version=2&show=31106&archive=51423 (http://wfmu.org/flashplayer.php?version=2&show=31106&archive=51423), 2:18) was right

http://gawker.com/cbc-drops-radio-star-jian-ghomeshi-1651014393 (http://gawker.com/cbc-drops-radio-star-jian-ghomeshi-1651014393)
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Chooch on October 26, 2014, 07:35:53 PM
time?

Sorry, forgot to add that... Mike is on at about 2 hours and 51 minutes. Right after a terrible call from Petey (as if there was ever a good call).

This is after Petey's voice has changed significantly, and every time he says "Tommy" it creeps me out.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Epic Soundtracks on October 27, 2014, 04:31:54 PM
time?

Sorry, forgot to add that... Mike is on at about 2 hours and 51 minutes. Right after a terrible call from Petey (as if there was ever a good call).

This is after Petey's voice has changed significantly, and every time he says "Tommy" it creeps me out.

Missed it--I'm listening in order but always dive for the fast forward button when Petey came on (I think I'm out of the woods but I thought that with Stevie Blue and he keeps popping back up too)
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on October 27, 2014, 05:47:23 PM
His uncle Glen, let him rest in peace, was like vice president of Hasbro.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Time Dad on October 30, 2014, 06:44:21 PM
Can anyone please direct me to the Wurster calls that feature

a) A guy that walls himself up (?) in a building so he can hear a recording of a massively hyped unreleased album (that I think was Chinese Democracy)....

and/or

b) A reference a batting cage full of convicts fighting one another

I'd really appreciate the help.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: nrt4 on October 30, 2014, 11:18:24 PM
Can anyone please direct me to the Wurster calls that feature

a) A guy that walls himself up (?) in a building so he can hear a recording of a massively hyped unreleased album (that I think was Chinese Democracy)....

and/or

b) A reference a batting cage full of convicts fighting one another

I'd really appreciate the help.

Thank you.

A) is Ron Furst, or if you have any respect towards him: Mr. Furst.  July 12, 2011. He also heard Metallica, I believe (or maybe it was GWAR), do one of those front-to-back albums of the Band's Music From Big Pink.

Edit: I was wrong, it's Slayer.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: JRSly on November 01, 2014, 02:15:12 AM
Can anyone please direct me to the Wurster calls that feature

a) A guy that walls himself up (?) in a building so he can hear a recording of a massively hyped unreleased album (that I think was Chinese Democracy)....

and/or

b) A reference a batting cage full of convicts fighting one another

I'd really appreciate the help.

Thank you.
B) I believe would be the call from Congressman Robert Monroe on March 15, 2011.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Time Dad on November 07, 2014, 03:42:24 PM
I really appreciate this, thank you both :)
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: kennybloggins on November 11, 2014, 01:40:17 AM
From January 31, 2012, Tom constructs a fake Coast to Coast AM themed sitcom about a half hour in, replete with the bumper music. It stars Major Ed Dames and Michio Kaku.

"Hey, what's the matter?" "I dropped my hat down Mel's Hole!"

He stops after realizing he's gone "too far inside my own head." It was such a weird crossover between two of my favorite radio shows.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: DennyRock on December 03, 2014, 01:10:09 AM
Can anyone remember the episode where someone says they imitated Tom to impress a date?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Chooch on December 07, 2014, 02:57:41 PM
I just listened to nearly three hours of Tom calling pay phones... Now that's cutting deep. Clem!

Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Carver on December 07, 2014, 04:52:22 PM
I listened to that one on an extended flight across the country- definitely a loopy experience after a while.  There were some great slice-of-life moments though for the people who did finally pick up.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on December 07, 2014, 11:22:22 PM
From the January 23, 2007 episode:

Tom is angry and hurt because some kid has told him that his show is no good. I find that these callers often provoke some of the best of the Best Show. It's sick, I know.

Anyway, Tom then talks about how he tried to rent the movie "Beer League." He's standing at Redbox (or some other supermarket rental thing) and the screen freezes for two minutes on Artie Lange's face. People are walking by and Tom believes they're sneering at him and thinking, "That's the best movie he can rent, Beer League?"

I laughed so hard I thought I was going to fall down. 10 years after I started listening to the show.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Joe Rogaine on December 10, 2014, 08:32:37 PM
From January 31, 2012, Tom constructs a fake Coast to Coast AM themed sitcom about a half hour in, replete with the bumper music. It stars Major Ed Dames and Michio Kaku.

"Hey, what's the matter?" "I dropped my hat down Mel's Hole!"

He stops after realizing he's gone "too far inside my own head." It was such a weird crossover between two of my favorite radio shows.

You should listen to this episode "November 13, 2001: Tom Talks To Nostrodamus Scholar John Hogue ."
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: vomitnoise on December 11, 2014, 12:25:19 PM
Can anyone remember the episode where someone says they imitated Tom to impress a date?

Just came across this - call starts at 0:33:18.
 April 12, 2011: Tom had a bad experience with ice cream! The protégé race heats up with new candidates and dropouts! The topic is “Forward/Backwards” – are things getting better or worse? Record Store Day! Trump for Prez! Excitement for the next Fast & Furious movie!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on June 21, 2017, 09:11:08 PM
iago - I was wrong. Omar says that *is* Rick from Poster Children and he *is* that smarmy. Live and (don't) learn, I guess!

Hey, Omar - Rick from Poster Children (or at least the guy who says he's Rick much later) actually calls in on the 4/6/2004 at about 1:11 (on the download).


I looked through this thread - Beer League is still incredible. It's at 2:50 of the archive.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: hairdryer on July 20, 2017, 09:44:48 PM
2006-06-20 - Zachary Brimstead says the n-word at about 2h27m in.

Tom is so exasperated. It's incredible. So unbelievable.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Flat1ander on August 10, 2017, 11:20:32 AM
I just listened to nearly three hours of Tom calling pay phones... Now that's cutting deep. Clem!

YES! That's an epic call though, isn't it?!?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Flat1ander on August 10, 2017, 11:27:48 AM
time?

Sorry, forgot to add that... Mike is on at about 2 hours and 51 minutes. Right after a terrible call from Petey (as if there was ever a good call).

This is after Petey's voice has changed significantly, and every time he says "Tommy" it creeps me out.

Does anyone know when the last Petey call is? Wondering if he ever randomly called much later in the shows history or just grew out of it.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: buffcoat on August 10, 2017, 11:05:14 PM
I"m in early 2004 and I keep hearing Pat Byrne calls - for a while, he was the Guy Who Loves Matt Walsh (Maybe a Bit Too Much).

So Pat calls in for years and then works at WFMU... Mike gets in a fight with Tom on a message board and then tries out to be a call screener...

I assume Tom and Dudio met through the NY comedy scene, but what's the story there?
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: John Junk on October 24, 2017, 03:36:12 PM
time?

Sorry, forgot to add that... Mike is on at about 2 hours and 51 minutes. Right after a terrible call from Petey (as if there was ever a good call).

This is after Petey's voice has changed significantly, and every time he says "Tommy" it creeps me out.

Does anyone know when the last Petey call is? Wondering if he ever randomly called much later in the shows history or just grew out of it.

I don't really know what year/date. I think I heard his final call. He was basically "given away" to Night People by Tom when he started calling that show more often, and one of the guys from Night People called the show. Then Petey posted something on the forums (I think?) that really bothered Tom. He called the Best Show the next week --They had some sort of ongoing argument that I don't really remember the details of but it all ended on a not-positive note. If you can find a description that maybe mentions someone from Night People calling, it would be the episode after that maybe? Man, this all happened forever ago.

I've met Petey. I like Petey. But Petey outgrew the show, and the show outgrew Petey. Pour one out!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Carver on October 24, 2017, 06:17:28 PM
Hope we get another Tom Can't Complain soon- Petey's call during the last one was such a feel-good moment that Tom seemed pretty unfazed by the rest of it.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: leeharveyosmond on October 24, 2017, 11:18:53 PM
I think this (http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/33694) is the Night People where Petey was in studio and Tom called and banned him. I'm pretty sure Petey hadn't called The Best Show in months at this point, I think Tom just talked about banning him on the next show he did after this.
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: bdb318 on October 27, 2017, 01:29:21 PM
I think this ([url]http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/33694[/url]) is the Night People where Petey was in studio and Tom called and banned him. I'm pretty sure Petey hadn't called The Best Show in months at this point, I think Tom just talked about banning him on the next show he did after this.


I have been [in a half-assed way] hunting this down for a while--thanks!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: John Junk on October 27, 2017, 02:56:49 PM
I think this ([url]http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/33694[/url]) is the Night People where Petey was in studio and Tom called and banned him. I'm pretty sure Petey hadn't called The Best Show in months at this point, I think Tom just talked about banning him on the next show he did after this.


That must be it. Thanks! I can't bear to listen again!
Title: Re: Best Show Deep Cuts
Post by: Flat1ander on January 31, 2018, 02:03:10 PM
Nice find! I was somehow able to scan this episode and find it pretty quickly. Tom calls in at 1:08:20.