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The Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing
Hosted by Jonathan B. Lerner.

The Next Best Thing is a cross between The Tonight Show, Howard Stern and Rachel Maddow. Episodes touch on everything from current events & politics, to pop culture and the arts. Occasional guest interviews feature interesting people from all walks of life. Show draws comedy from recent news stories, political figures and prominent celebrities, as well as from aspects of the show itself! Airs every Monday night from 10-Midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn!

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Category: Comedy, Talk

About Jonathan B. Lerner

Jonathan B. Lerner is a singer, actor, writer, director and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. A native of the Kansas City area, he studied Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting and Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Throughout college, Lerner served as producer and host of The Bloomington Morning Buzz on 99.1FM WIUX. He’s a news junkie, observational comic, and a huge fan of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. Brooklynite since October of 2010!

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  • The Real Vladimir Putin pt. 2
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on January 27, 2018 at 4:34 am

    The conclusion of our look into who Vladimir Putin really is, and why he worked tirelessly to see that HIllary Clinton did NOT become the President of the United States. Listen →

  • The Real Vladimir Putin pt. 1
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on January 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Recall step by step how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy, how U.S. intelligence came to believe he targeted the 2016 presidential election, what could have been done to prevent it, what it means for the future of American democracy. Scary stuff. Listen →

  • The Young Republican Returns
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on December 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    John William Schiffbauer, former Deputy Communications Director for the New York Republican State Committee, returns to the show to discuss the current state of the Republican Party, and why through it all, he remains a loyal member of it. Catch The Next Best Thing LIVE, every Monday night from 10-Midnight on Radio Free Brooklyn! Listen →

  • Haunted Halloween
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on November 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Stories of the strange, scary and unexplainable on this Halloween episode of The Next Best Things. Listen LIVE every Monday night from 10-Midnight EST on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Death, and then??
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on November 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

    According to Gallup, about 8 million Americans claim to have had a near-death experience (NDE), and many of them regard it as irrefutable proof of an afterlife. Skeptics insist those are merely anecdotal, and easily explained away by the biochemistry of the dying brain, pumped up by morphine and stress. The truth is, though, NO ONE knows for sure. Listen as we explore some of the various experiences and possibilities. Listen →

  • Scariest Movies of All Time (pt. 2)
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on October 26, 2017 at 6:56 am

    The second half of our definitive list of the scariest movies of ALL TIME. Not for the faint of heart..! Listen →

  • Scariest Movies of All Time (pt. 1)
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on October 25, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    An excellent horror movie is truly one of the hardest films to make. That's why there are so few of them. If you glanced at what's come out in the past 20 years, you might think that what makes a movie scary is the amount of diced body tissue flying around the screen. Shock value has its place, but what really unsettles isn't blood and gore, it's that ominous sound from around the corner, the indecipherable figure in the distance, a sense of impending doom as somebody opens a door. Join Jonathan as he takes you through some of the scariest movies of ALL TIME. Listen →

  • The Amityville Horror
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on October 13, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Some call it the most notorious haunted house in the world. So famous, in fact, that the name of the town in which it stands has become synonymous with horror: Amityville. To kick off our "Haunted Halloween" series, we revisit the violent, potentially haunted past, of the house that sits at 112 Ocean Avenue. Warning: NOT for the faint of heart. Listen →

  • Kevin Necciai
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on October 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Jonathan met Kevin Necciai when they were both studying Vocal Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Since then, Kevin has served a full term with the Peace Corps in Rwanda, performed in various roles around NYC, worked as a voice coach and music director, and is in the process of building a career as a stand-up comedian. They talk about all that and more in this episode of The Next Best Thing! Listen →

  • Remembering 9/11
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on October 7, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Where were you on September 11th? If you were alive on that day in 2001, then you have a story to tell, and likely a vivid image locked indelibly in their hearts. On this 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we reflect on how it all went down, how the world has changed, and most importantly, remember some of the stories of those we lost much too soon. Listen →

  • Birthday Clowns
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on September 22, 2017 at 4:08 am

    No Birthday would be complete without a clown, am I right? Join Jonathan on his 30th birthday, as he discusses the joys (and pitfalls) of Facebook, Hillary Clinton's new book, and who will go down in history as the one, TRUE Pennywise, the dancing, murderous clown. Listen →

  • NFL Shame
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on September 20, 2017 at 4:14 am

    All professional sports leagues have their scandals. Racist owners in the NBA, MLB's steroid era, Lance Armstrong's entire career..? The NFL is no stranger to controversy. On the contrary, the league seems to attract it like a magnet. From Spygate to Deflategate, to rising stars being convicted for murder, there's one thing the NFL will never be able to hide under the rug: their game can destroy its players lives. Join Jonathan as he delves into all the pain and misery former NFL stars have endured over the years, and all the league has done to try and cover it up. #TheNextBestThing #RadioFreeBrooklyn #NFL #Frontline #Sports #LeagueofDenial #Footba Listen →

  • Racism?
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on September 15, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Racism, sexism, bigotry and homophobia--they're all very real. We saw some of it on full display recently in Charlottesville, Virginia. What happens, though, when humor, wit and/or good intentions are mistaken for spite and racism? When political correctness and true bigotry are suddenly indistinguishable? That can only lead to 1 of 2 things: a world where EVERYONE is a racist, or a world where no one is. Could you tell the difference? #TheNextBestThing #RadioFreeBrooklyn #Racism #Politics #Culture #Bigotry #Humor #PoliticalCorrectness #Charlottesville #Hat Listen →

  • The Best Broadway Musicals of All Time (pt. 2)
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on September 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Part two of the definitive list of Best Broadway Musicals of ALL TIME! #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #Broadway #Theatre #Drama #Music #MusicalTheatre #NYC Listen →

  • Best Broadway Musical of All Time
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on September 14, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Musical theatre combines the thrill of live music with the compelling storytelling and drama of watching a TV show or film. Sometimes, when done with incredible care and sensitivity, the combination of the two can lead to something transformative. Join Jon as he takes you through his list of the 21 BEST Broadway Musicals of all time! #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #MusicalTheatre #Art #NewYorkCity #Broadway #Theatre #America Listen →

  • Luigi DiGangi
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on July 15, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Luigi DiGangi is a comedy writer, sketch performer, and one-third of the comedy team known as Gibbon Brain. He stopped by the studio to talk with Jonathan about what he and his guys have been up to, what's on the horizon, and just life in general. #TheNextBestThing #RadioFreeBrooklyn #GibbonBrain #Comedy #Podcast #FunnyorDie #Radio Listen →

  • John Jastremski
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on July 4, 2017 at 5:26 am

    John Jastremski is an up-and-coming star on WFAN, New York's premier Sports Talk Radio stations. Since 2011, he's hosted his own show, JJ After Dark, during the overnight hours, but as Jonathan points out in their interview, that's likely to change in the near future. We also covered what life is like for JJ outside of the sports realm, and what his future plans may be. #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #WFAN #JJAfterDark #Radio #NewYorkCity #Sports Listen →

  • Charles Busch!
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on June 23, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Charles Busch is a playwright, actor, screenwriter, and one of American theatre's most famous drag artists. While known to most Broadway playgoers as the author of THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE and the book of TABOO, Busch really earned his star-status for early works like VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, and THEODORA, SHE-BITCH OF BYZANTIUM. Jonathan was thrilled to have a chance to sit down and talk to Mr. Busch about his fascinating life and career. #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #Radio #Broadway #Theatre #CharlesBusch #Drag #LGBTQ #Literatur Listen →

  • A Young Republican
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on June 19, 2017 at 5:47 am

    According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, between the short window of December 2015 to March 2017,, nearly 50% of all young Republicans left the party. John William Schiffbauer was not one of them. He quit his job as Deputy Communications Director of the New York State Republican Party, and advocated hard against voting for Donald Trump, but he remains a dedicated member of the Republican Party. Find out why, and what he thinks may be in store moving forward, in this remarkably civil conversation. Yes, they're still possible. #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #Politics #OpposingViewpoints Listen →

  • Calling Balls & Strikes
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on June 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Arguing with umpires is as old as baseball itself. In recent years, however, blown calls have gone from simply being "part of the game," to becoming a real problem. Why? Because we now have the technology to see every missed call, down to each individual pitch. It seems no one would find this information more useful than the home plate umpire, and yet they're literally the ONLY ones MLB doesn't show it to. Try and figure that one out. #Baseball #MLB #Sports #Umpires #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #Podcast Listen →

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