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From the comedian, television writer, and host of The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, a revealing and powerful memoir exploring a life of struggle and reinvention.

Tom Scharpling is good at being funny, which is a miracle, considering what he’s survived. Like hitting a deer and narrowly escaping with his life on the night of the 2016 election. But that’s nothing compared to the struggles he had earlier in his life.

It Never Ends is his memoir of a life writing comedy amidst a lifelong struggle with mental illness, a story he has never told before. It’s the heartbreaking account of his intense coming-of-age, and the lengths he’s undertaken to pull away from the brink of self-destruction. Scharpling brought himself back to life first with punk zines and NBA coverage, then through the world of comedy, writing, and executive producing Monk, and creating one of the most beloved, longest running comedy radio broadcasts/podcasts, The Best Show with Tom Scharpling. Of course, there are also the tangents into auditioning for the New Monkees, why Billy Joel sucks, the siren call of the Sex and the City slot machines, and how he made a fool of himself in an elevator with Patti Smith.

Tom is the quintessential underdog, and he wears that status on his sleeve as a badge of honor. With this memoir, he lifts the curtain to let the light in on the turmoil that still follows him, even as he racks up accolades and achievements. But most importantly, he reminds us that while many of us carry trauma and shame, we are not alone. It Never Ends is about rising above whatever circumstance you find yourself in and getting the most out of your life, while steamrolling the chumps along the way.

©2021 Tom Scharpling. Published in 2021 by Abrams Press, an imprint of ABRAMS, New York. All rights reserved (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Amazing. I cried at the end.

One of a handful of books I've stumbled upon that were amazingly revelatory and touching. I always feel lucky for discovering them.
Starting from the beginning.

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The S.O.B. did it!

I've read Flaubert, and Tom blows Mme. Bovary out of the water. I am already listening again and it's better still.

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Tom, you did it, you SOB

What is there to say? A gift to all Scharpling fans and a treasure trove of stories that could appeal to all types. The coin-pusher chapter is particularly profound.

Loved every moment of this.

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  • Tinamarie Panyard
  • 2021-07-15

Tom reveals himself -sort of?!?

I'm a long time Best Show devotee and looked forward to Tom's book. The personal details shared are done in a brave and wonderful way.
However, in the humour and show biz side Tom mostly retells Best Show stories and excerpts from Sharpling and Wurster bits and callers. A few of those Best Show rehashes are " negative comedy" putting down celebreties(Billy Joel, Garrison Keillor, Billy Crystal, Tom Waits- the usual Best Show objects of Tom's abusive wit- I often find these missives funny in the context of The Best Show and Tom's radio show persona, I just found them unnecessary in a memoir). Perhaps the writer and reader would have been better treated with stories about the amazing people Tom has worked with- the beautiful Tony Shaloub story being one he shared made me want to hear about Tom's buddies (Kurt Vile, John Hodgman, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifinakis, Julie Klausner, and the long lost othe JK- Jen Kirkman, etc etc etc). Instead of giving Nick DiPaoulo negative ink , why not give a funny positive story about Kurt Braunohler or Lawrence Pervison(aka Larry Da Perv? Instead of telling us why Billy Joel sucks tell us why Kurt Vile is a true artist.
Tom does drop Paul F Tompkins name; but there is no story about what ultimately ended there working and seemingly personal relationship. This seems a forboden topic amongst FOTs(friends of tom). I for one thought the story of PFT and Tom would be told in his memoir.
I had planned on reading a print or ebook copy to really appreciate the writing. I'm not sure I will as there's nothing here I want to absorb twice, and I fear I might judge Tom's writing harshly.
Tom wrote a book...... can't wait for Tuesday night!

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  • Aaron
  • 2021-08-16

Just because it happened to you...

If you want to understand why Tom is considered a very funny guy, you will not find it in this book. You probably won't be persuaded by his work with John Wurster either, frankly. I realize this may be sacrilege, however, other than the Philly Boy Roy sketches, I think most listeners tolerate rather than enjoy the Scharpling and Wurster bits. You will notice you never (like ever) hear a call caller remark - "wow, that was an hysterical bit earlier, Tom!" And you never hear callers hearkening back to old "classic" bits - literally never happens.

So, if you want to understand why Tom is widely considered to be funny, I would suggest you check out the recap of the gathering of the juggalos he did with the always brilliant Paul F Tompkins. In his decades of doing the show, this is really as good as it gets. His wonderful bits as his alter ego Gary the Squirrel are another prime example.

Tom is a strange guy and this is a strange book. I don't think even his most ardent admirers wanted to hear a blow by blow of his coin-pushers odyssey. The trials of his early youth are genuinely affecting, but he lays it on a bit thick and let's it justify/explain virtually everything that has happened in his life. It isn't uncommon for teens to suffer mental breaks and Tom is now in his 50's; most of us have give up letting the tribulations of high school define us by late middle age. Much of the book is aggressively dull - stories about the time Spike Lee ignored him (barely a story at all, really) or the time Mickey Dolans ignored him (again, barely an anecdote) or the time Adam Sandler basically ignored him (and again) makes one wonder what (if anything) was considered too dull for the final draft. The chapter on losing prized possession when his basement flooded actually reminded me of that famous Dennis Hopper quote - "Just because it happened to you, doesn't mean it's interesting.”

I can only speak for myself, but, as a long time listener to the Best Show, I would have preferred to hear what happened with his very weird personal and professional breakup with Paul F Tompkins. I would also have liked to hear what he makes of his unpleasant on-air meltdowns - I don't remember whether it was Matt Walsh or Jon Daley that ended up on the receiving end of a genuinely disturbing tongue lashing over swearing on air, but it was a doozy and it most definitely pointed to some inner demons he needs to exorcise. I suspect this is the kind of material regular listeners were hoping Tom would address rather than, I don't know, why he changed his name or why he thinks Billy Joel sucks.

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  • Orville B Neeley
  • 2021-08-14

Hilarious and helpful

Excellent story, relatable feelings, incredibly funny. Overall entertaining from start to finish.
Thank you, Tom Scharpling.

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  • Meg
  • 2021-08-08

Boring

I generally love storytellers. This author is a good performer, but his stories bored me and I turned it off.

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  • polycow
  • 2021-09-20

Strange delivers hope.

Tom shared very deep and private parts of his life that I can relate to. Showed me that there is an other side to the darkness but it’ll take time and hard work. Plus it’s funny as hell. The only way to travel through the muck.

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  • Mallory
  • 2021-09-16

The SOB did it!

From the Get-go to the Let-go, Tom Scharpling delivers in a big way. This book has it all.

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  • Rose
  • 2021-09-10

Monk

I learned about this book because Tom did two segments on WTF. Marc was helping Tom to advertise its release. Tom’s story is chronologically twenty years after my time so much of the music and cultural references of growing up in New Jersey went over my head.

I was most interested in his time working on the TV show Monk. He gave that subject short shift. Otherwise, I liked the book and stuck with it till the end. His early life is interesting but if you are a male, 50 years of age and grew up in New Jersey you may relate to this book and Tom’s story. Good luck.

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  • joey carbo
  • 2021-09-07

Well, he failed. Steaming garbage.

If you want to spend close to an hour listening to this dude say this book is going to be an amazing piece of artwork (eventually, you have to assume) and then listen to him describe the process in which he would write the book that is ALREADY WRITTEN, then go for it. Knock yourself out.
He says he’d rather die than put his name on a garbage book. Well, buddy, call up the undertaker cuz you’re comin in hot!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-08-26

Everything I hoped it would be and more

This book is so beautiful, funny heartbreaking and revealing of a comedy legend. It is a must! Absolutely loved it

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  • Bryan Scott Kessler
  • 2021-08-26

Amazing Story

I am one of those who knew of TS more than I had really heard him (outside a couple of podcast appearances on other shows over the years). So, I entered this book not knowing what to expect.

I loved this book. Scharpling is a great storyteller, and he weaves in joys, tribulations, jokiness, and seriousness while maintaining a spirit of sincerity throughout it all.

If you enjoy memoirs of funny people, this one is an immediate must listen.