From the comedian, television writer, and host of the Best Show, a revealing and powerful memoir exploring a life of struggle and reinvention
“This book is unflinchingly honest, deeply affecting and just relentlessly funny. If you read it and don’t like it, it’s 100% your fault.”—John Oliver, Emmy Award-winning creator and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
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. 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.
Tom Scharpling is a comedian, television writer, producer, music video director, and radio host. For 18 years, he has hosted the weekly radio call-in comedy program The Best Show with Tom Scharpling. He is also known as the voice of Greg Universe on the hit Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe. Previously he was a writer-executive producer for the Emmy Award–winning show Monk.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 It Never Ends: The Beginning 1
Chapter 2 So Who is this Tom Scharpling Anyway? 13
Chapter 3 An Evening with the Piano Man 19
Chapter 4 High School 31
Chapter 5 It All Falls Apart 45
Chapter 6 A Story of Unqualified Triumph #1 67
Chapter 7 I Auditioned for the New Monkees 75
Chapter 8 Higher Education 87
Chapter 9 The Birth of Scharpling 103
Chapter 10 A Boy and his Microphone 113
Chapter 11 An Afternoon with Papa Roach 125
Chapter 12 Monk and the Best Show 145
Chapter 13 Best Show Confidential 165
Chapter 14 A Story of Unqualified Triumph #2 193
Chapter 15 My Life as a Player 199
Chapter 16 The Fine Art of Pitching 223
Chapter 17 Revenge of the Show and Death of My Father 237
Chapter 18 A Story of Unqualified Triumph #3 249
Chapter 19 The Death of America and the Almost Death of Tom 255