Tom Scharpling’s Memoir ‘It Never Ends’: Book Excerpt

 Tom Scharpling’s Memoir ‘It Never Ends’: Book Excerpt

Tom Scharpling has developed one of America’s most unique comic sensibilities over the past couple of decades, thanks largely to a radio show that earned him a deeply devoted following but not, for much of its run, any money. As host of “The Best Show With Tom Scharpling,” which began on the listener-supported New Jersey station WMFU before becoming a podcast, he oversees a three-hour weekly extravaganza featuring music, interviews, call-ins, and surreal comedy. The centerpiece of many episodes involve Jon Wurster — who plays drums in Superchunk and the Mountain Goats, among other projects — calling in and pretending to be any number of delusional oddballs, from a Springsteen biographer spinning increasingly insane Bruce lore to Marky Ramone flogging his adult-fiction series, “Marky Ramone’s Erotic Knights.” 

Listeners have come to know Scharpling’s enthusiasms, irascible opinions, and sui generis sense of humor, honed from “Letterman” and “SCTV,” among other key influences. But in Scharpling’s excellent new memoir, “It Never Ends,” the comedian opens up like never before. In the book, Scharpling — who also hosts the podcast “Double Threat With Julie Klausner and Tom Scharpling” and served as a writer-producer on the USA series “Monk” for its entire eight-season run — spins tales both bitingly perceptive and full of heart. Some of the most moving stories comes from Scharpling’s difficult adolescence, which involved…

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