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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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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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  • Kelly Cameron
  • 2021-07-29

I don't like it — I LOVE IT!

Fans of comedy and coming-of-age stories will appreciate this book. I honestly laughed out loud and got teary as I read this. If you are a Tom Scharpling fan, you'll feel like you know him even better after reading it: if you aren't yet a fan, you'll go find every episode of The Best Show and become obsessed.

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  • Cj
  • 2021-07-24

You SOB You Did it!

Amazing book for any fan of the The Best Show. Tom opens up in a way that is inspiring.

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  • Patrick K Sievert
  • 2021-07-21

So great!

All I can say is “That SOB did it!” There is really nothing more to say.

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  • Kellikellibobelli
  • 2021-07-20

Biased by my love of all things Scharpling

Listen, I love Tom, so I was gonna love this book no matter what, but I think even if I didn't know who he was before picking it up, I'd still give it 5 stars. Super candid about mental health, this book was revelatory in all the right ways. Plus, it is nearly constantly funny and heartfelt. If you don't start the book loving Tom, you'll end it loving him.

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  • dominic c.
  • 2021-07-18

Entertaining and Real

I would catch Tom on Maron’s show now and again and always enjoyed their back and forth. I kept making mental notes to check this Tom Scharpling guy out, but would forget almost immediately. So when I heard he had a book coming out, I made sure to preorder it so I wouldn’t forget. Boy I’m glad I did. What an enjoyable and captivating story. I enjoyed it from start to finish and really appreciated his frank look at living and dealing with depression. I hope this is just the beginning of more to come from Mr. Scharpling.

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  • Dixie Normuss
  • 2021-07-16

Tom Scharpling: National Treasure

The memoirs of America's favorite underdog. Well written, well told, and well worth your time.

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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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  • Eivind Trædal
  • 2021-07-12

That S.O.B. did it

As the title of the review suggests: That S.O.B. did it, he really did it.

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  • Emily Myers
  • 2021-07-11

Respect from this fan continues to grow and, I imagine, it will never end

Something indescribable about Tom has always impressed and inspired me—in ways no other celebrity has. Reading this book, I realized it’s not just because of his talent as a show host. I’d already admired that he’d grown and maintained a devoted fan base because he communicates directly with his fans—from him as a real person—and it never feels contrived. He doesn’t insist on existing on a different plain, like it is with other celebrities. Rather, he shows up as the real person, Tom, and he interacts with genuine interest in every [First name] from [City] on the other end of the phone line. If he bounces a caller, he’s honest and usually pretty funny about it. If he’s having a good day or a bad day, he shows genuine trust in his fans—to let him express it or work through it with them. And because of who Tom is, his fans are no fair-weather friends—we’re here for it all. And so are an equally talented group of Best Show staff and celebrity friends that I’m pretty thankful Tom has also brought into my life—especially Julie Klausner. It is especially heartening that he trusts us enough to share intimate details of a really hard childhood/young adulthood. I’m thankful as a fan that he did, because I now understand more fully how I connect with this talented guy. I share many similar childhood/young adulthood experiences with Tom and it’s encouraging and motivating to see how he has persevered. I hope he feels the impact of sharing his story—not only the weight it may lift off his shoulders, but the real inspiration it already is for fans who needed some encouragement to keep fighting and pursuing their dreams despite the demons in our heads. Thank you, Tom, and don’t let it end, okay?

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  • Aaron Datsko
  • 2021-07-10

Tom at his most vulnerable - amazing start to end

I’ve loved The Best Show before I knew that it existed , as I had a bootleg copy of Rock Rot and Rule a friend had given me. I’ve been a casual fan of Tom’s for many years, and this book fills in so many gaps of the man himself. A must read or listen for Best Show fans. Tom’s reading of the material comes across naturally, something that not all authors are able to achieve when narrating their own books. Can’t wait for another book!