Tonight is the final night of the 2013 fundraising drive for The Best Show on WFMU, Tom Scharpling’s hilarious radio show/podcast, and comedian Patton Oswalt is generously donating a bunch of memorabilia from the nine seasons he spent on King of Queens. Oswalt wrote a really nice blog post explaining his donation and what commercial-free, listener-supported WFMU means to him. Here’s an excerpt:
“For some people, having shelves and walls displaying the evidence of their past successes, of their progress and achievements, helps them to make and do more stuff. And that’s fine. I’m the opposite, for some reason …This chair, and the series finale script signed by the entire cast and crew, plus my crew jacket and Sony studio ID, as well as the pair of Doc Marten boots I wore in every single episode, have always sat in one corner of my office … And now it’s time for them to go … Memories mean more than objects to me. And if I ever lose my memory? Well, then what good is a roomful of objects going to be except to remind me how much of my memory I’ve lost?”
You can bid on these items tonight from 9pm to midnight EST only, during The Best Show’s slot, by calling 1-800-989-9368. Tom Scharpling has also offered up a bevy of prizes (which you can view here) for different donation levels, with autographed books and DVDs from Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Jon Glaser also available. So, go ahead and call if you want to support a great comedy show and its home station - or if you just selfishly want all of these prizes for yourself.