The 50 Funniest People In Brooklyn


Maggie Serota, Daniel Ralston, Tom Scharpling: @MaggieSerota@DanielRalston@Scharpling

When Tom Scharpling isn’t hosting everyone’s–literally everyone’s–favorite radio show, The Best Show on WFMU (Oh god, which we hear this morning is ending in December!), or executive producing eight seasons of wildly acclaimed television shows like Monk, or directing pretty much every single good music video that’s been made over the past few years, or working on any number of projects with fellow funny person John Hodgman, he’s hosting the Low Times music podcast alongside Maggie Serota and Daniel Ralston. The trio conducts long, meandering and deeply entertaining interviews with contemporary music figures. They’ve had on everyone from Ezra Koenig and The Thermals to Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, others) and Guy Picciotto of Fugazi. What’s remarkable about the whole affair is how quickly and seamlessly they give you the feeling you’re all just sitting around a table at a bar, making jokes and telling stories.


  1. You forgot Sara Schaefer. She is the fucking greatest. I hope this mistake haunts you for the rest of your yuppie existence.

  2. This list is way too dude-heavy! Are there really so few women in Brooklyn who count as funny enough? The article should be called “The 42 Funniest Men in Brooklyn.” And no, I don’t have a sense of humor about this.

  3. Oh, please. Catie Lazarus is sort of funny, but she’s mostly exhausting with neurotic energy, endlessly complaining about being poor – while wearing designer clothing, traveling around the country, and living on a trust fund, and acting like she’s somehow entitled to earn a living from comedy.

    • So happy Catie Lazarus is on the list! She’s hilarious comedian and writer. Nedster, however, sounds like a bitter, uninformed douche.


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