Today on the program: Tom Scharpling of The Best Show and Double Threat. He’s written a deeply funny and moving new book called It Never Ends, available now wherever you get books. It documents his early days writing and producing a DIY fanzine, working his way into TV writing with Monk, and establishing a lifelong friendship and comedy partnership with drummer Jon Wurster. It’s also a candid look at his struggles with mental health, and while some moments are harrowing, it’s ultimately an inspirational read—an underdog story from a guy who’s especially good at giving voice to the underdog. And again, very funny. Scharpling joined us to discuss the book, his incredible sound collages, Lou Reed, CSNY, Brian Eno, King Crimson, and more.
Episode playlist: The Themeweavers, “Theme from the Best Show” ++ “Green Room Blues”
Transmissions is written, produced, and hosted by Jason P. Woodbury. Audio editing by Andrew Horton. Sarah Goldstein and Jonathan Mark Walls produce visual work for the show. Justin Gage is our top of the show announcer and executive producer. The transcript for this episode will be added to this page soon. Tune in Friday for our July bonus episode with Ripley Johnson of Moon Duo/Wooden Shjips/Rose City Band.