The Funn(k)y Drummer

By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2009

 
Superchunk, "Driveway to Driveway"

JON WURSTER
Currently playing drums for the Mountain Goats (with occasional stints with AC Newman, Robert Pollard, and other indie-rock illuminati), Wurster is best known as the drummer for Chapel Hill's legendary Superchunk. It's arguable that its in that band's videos — like "Driveway to Driveway," where he hams it up as a silent film-era fop, or "Watery Hands," which co-stars David Cross and Janeane Garofalo — that the seeds of his comedy career first germinated. (Or maybe it came earlier than that; as a youngster, Wurster hung out with comedy punks the Dead Milkmen, and is even name-checked in their 1987 album, Beelzebubba.) These days, Wurster is part of the Scharpling and Wurster comedy duo, calling into his buddy Tom Scharpling's WFMU radio show every Tuesday as an array of creepy characters, from two-inch-tall racist Timmy Von Trimble to loudmouth hoagie enthusiast Philly Boy Roy.

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