Tom Scharpling Biography
Tom Scharpling is an American comedian, television writer, producer, music video director and radio host. He hosts the weekly Internet radio comedy program.
The Best Show with Tom Scharpling (formerly The Best Show on WFMU), the voice of Greg Universe in the animated series Steven Universe and for acting as a writer/executive producer for the TV show Monk.
Scharpling was also noted as a writer on Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Beginning in 1999, he released six albums with comedy partner Jon Wurster under the moniker Scharpling & Wurster.
As a writer, Scharpling has had work published in GQ, New York Magazine and Harp. Scharpling has directed music videos for The New Pornographers, Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus, Wild Flag, Aimee Mann, Real Estate and The Ettes since 2010.
Tom Scharpling Age
Scharpling was born on February 9, 1969. He is aged 50 years as of 2019.
Tom Scharpling Net Worth
The comedian, TV writer and Radio host has a net worth of over a million upto 10 millions dollars.
Tom Scharpling Wife
Scharplings’ wife is a fellow WFMU DJ Terre T. The couple lives in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Tom has been a pescatarian since approximately 1994 and almost never consumes alcohol.
Tom Scharpling Early Life
Scharpling was born in New Jersey. He grew up in Middlesex, New Jersey. At an early age he was a fan of Saturday Night Live and SCTV from a young age. He attended Middlesex High School, Middlesex Community College and Trenton State College. He graduated with a degree in English. Scharpling worked at a sheet music shop called World of Music in Summit, New Jersey from 1979 through 1999.
He has cited his major comedy influences as Chris Elliott’s Get a Life, SCTV, Saturday Night Live and the 1994 absurdist comedy Clifford starring Martin Short. Scharpling later purchased the suit worn by Short in Clifford via an eBay auction.
Tom Scharpling Career
Early music-based radio shows and writing
He began volunteering at the New Jersey-based freeform station WFMU in the early 1990s. Later started hosting a music-oriented program on the station in the mid-1990s. Briefly he left the station in the late 1990s because he “had some personal things to take care of with family and stuff.” Scharpling has told interviewers that he prefers the medium of radio due to the anxiety he gets from being onstage.
Scharpling was the publisher of 18 Wheeler fanzine in the early 1990s and ran an independent record label of the same name. The first 7-inch single by Portastatic was released by Scharpling’s label in 1992. He also contributed the liner notes for The Electrifying Conclusion, Guided By Voices’s DVD documentary of their “final” live show in Chicago.
The Best Show on WFMU
Main article: The Best Show on WFMU
He hosted the first episode of The Best Show on WFMU on October 10, 2000. It was a three-hour comedy, music, call-in and talk radio program that aired Tuesday nights; the program featured a roster of misfit callers (some genuine, some acting in character), along with the occasional celebrity guest. Scharpling made no money from the station and regularly encouraged fans to donate to the non-profit station by offering elaborate pledge drive gifts.
Almost every episode of The Best Show featured an on-air collaboration with Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster. In the early 1990s, the pair met at a concert and bonded over their mutual love of Chris Elliott’s short-lived sitcom Get a Life. As Scharpling and Wurster, they have released six albums of comedy segments from The Best Show on their Stereolaffs record label.
They rarely performs live, with one of the few exceptions to the rule being when they hosted Matador Records’ 21st Anniversary Festival at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas in October 2010. Giving from his tenure on The Best Show as proof, the August 2010 issue of GQ magazine listed Scharpling #11 on its list of 37 “Never Not Funny” comedians, dubbing him one of “the funniest men you haven’t heard of yet.”
Scharpling on October 29, 2013, announced that the final Best Show on WFMU was to air on December 17, 2013. 14 years to the day on October 10, 2014, after The Best Show first aired, Scharpling announced via his Twitter page that The Best Show would return in November 2014. The first episode of The Best Show in its new format, a web-cast and podcast, aired via thebestshow.net on December 17, 2014.
The live webcast of the show follows the same format as it did on WFMU, with callers, skits performed by Scharpling and Wurster, and a three-hour run-time. Scharpling is considered by some[by whom?] as the “Godfather Of Podcasting”. Episodes of The Best Show were archived from the shows beginning, as were most of the programs on WFMU, in the RealPlayer format.
It began podcasting in early 2006 with the music removed from the latest shows and offered as downloadable files on the internet through the rest of its run on the station, helping it reach an even wider audience than it had already developed.
Scharpling was the first writer to be hired for the series Monk. He was hired to the show by Saturday Night Live writer and fellow WFMU DJ Andy Breckman. Scharpling acted as Monk’s executive producer during the last four of the show’s eight seasons.
He appeared on an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (“The Shaving”) as the voice of “Willie Nelson”, an awkward, unassertive onion–spider monster hybrid who lives in the attic of the house. Tom appears on the special features portion of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 3 DVD. Scharpling occasionally wrote for Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.
He voices Greg Universe in the animated series Steven Universe. He also voiced Jermaine in the animated series Adventure Time. Tom Scharpling was a head writer/co-executive producer for season one of HBO’s show Divorce . Divorce brightly showcases Scharpling’s comedic writing style, and offers a smart wink to any seasoned BEST SHOW listener.
Scharpling has directed a number of music videos starting in August 2010, typically for groups that he is friends with and mostly on an extremely limited budget. The shorts usually contain a number of celebrity cameos, and are often met with positive reviews.
Spoofing Green Day’s American Idiot musical, Scharpling’s video for Ted Leo’s “Bottled in Cork” features Paul F. Tompkins as a theater promoter, Julie Klausner as a dance instructor and John Hodgman as a theatre critic. The video obtained “Immortal” status on Funny or Die shortly after it was released online.
With the video for The New Pornographers’ “Moves”, Scharpling was presented with the issue of the band being on tour, rendering them unable to appear in the short. As a solution, Scharpling chose to create a trailer for a fake biopic about The New Pornographers, with a number of comedy celebrities portraying the various members of the band. The video features Wyatt Cenac, Horatio Sanz, Gary Dell’Abate, Todd Barry, Julie Klausner, John Hodgman, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Donald Glover and Jon Wurster.
Scharpling in 2012, directed a video for Aimee Mann’s song “Labrador”. The video begins with a brief “making of” clip in which the role of “Tom Scharpling” is played by Jon Hamm, who talks about his idea to have the video be a shot-by-shot remake of the video for the ‘Til Tuesday song “Voices Carry”. Mann states she was tricked into the video concept and is only doing this video because she is contractually bound to do so.
The actual video begins, and it is a shot by shot remake of the 1985 video, with Jon Wurster in the role of Aimee Mann’s abusive yuppie boyfriend and Ted Leo as the guitarist in Aimee Mann’s band. In addition, Scharpling has also created music videos for Titus Andronicus, Wild Flag, The Ettes, Real Estate and The Stepkids.
Scharpling directed and co-wrote the web “trailer” for John Hodgman’s 2011 book, That Is All.
Scharpling wrote and directed the web “trailer” aired on Funny or Die for The Postal Service band’s 10 year anniversary reissue of their album Give Up.
Scharpling guest starred as the bailiff in the episode “A Room With a Feud” of John Hodgman’s comedy/court show podcast Judge John Hodgman.
Scharpling is a regular columnist for and co-founder of the sports website The Classical. He has worked as a headline contributor for The Onion, as well as the writer of Harp Magazine’s “(Not So) Great Moments in Rock” column. He has also contributed basketball-themed writing to GQ and SLAM Magazine. In 2011, Scharpling was commissioned by New York Magazine to write multi-page recaps for every episode of the fourth season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.
On January 18, 2019, it was announced that Scharpling would be writing a memoir for Abrams Press.
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