As much as Numero Group has expanded its soul-centric catalog to include everything from slowcore to stoner rock to New Age, no one could predict the massive box set Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster announced today. Due out March 17, Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show devotes 16 CDs to the duo’s beloved phone call segments on The Best Show on WFMU, which ended in 2013 after a 13-year run and featured such regular guests as Todd Barry, Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, John Hodgman and Patton Oswalt.
“Listen, I’m not going to sugar coat it; this is a 16 CD boxed set of phone calls,” fellow comedian John Oliver explained in a press release. “Almost everything about this is technologically redundant. However, I promise this is one of the funniest things you’ll ever own. Scharpling & Wurster are the greatest.”
“Scharpling & Wurster are purveyors of some of the most bizarre and brilliant comedy I’ve heard in ages,” added “Weird Al” Yankovic. “If you want your brain thoroughly melted, this collection should do the trick nicely.”
If 50 previously unreleased calls — and 25 that actually aired — aren’t enough of an excuse to check out the compilation, Numero Group also commissioned essays by Oswalt, Julie Klausner and Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham, a cassette-shaped USB drive of additional bonus material, postcards, temporary tattoos, paper dolls, and a fold-out map of the imaginary Newbridge, NJ, town Scharpling & Wurster “resided” in. Oh, and if you pre-order your copy now, the label will set aside a piece of the cordless phone Wurster used to call the show in its early days.
Check out a trailer that explains all of the above below, along with a few of the music videos Scharpling directed and Wurster appeared in.