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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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  • 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 Read more →

  • 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 Read more →

  • 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 Read more →

  • 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 Read more →

  • 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 Read more →

  • 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 Read more →

  • 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 Read more →

  • 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 Read more →

  • Psychics? Psychos.
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on May 27, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Miss Cleo? Convicted of fraud. Sylvia Browne? Also convicted of fraud. John Edward was a well-known mentalist before becoming a "psychic," and producer of the hit show "Crossing Over." Are these people for real, or are they just clever conartists who prey on the grieving and the vulnerable?#Psychics #Paranormal #Ghosts #Skeptic #Cynical #TheNextBestThing #RadioFreeBrooklyn #Podcast Read more →

  • Trump: The Beginning of the End
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on May 27, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Donald Trump recently had one of the WORST weeks in Presidential history. Even worse than the 25 weeks before it, which were pretty damn awful. This Presidency got off to an atrocious start, and things don't seem to be improving. How long can this go on? Could Donald Trump be on his way out of office just 4 months after being sworn in?? Is this the beginning of the end?#NextBestThing #RadioFreeBrooklyn #Politics #Trump #News #Scanda Read more →

  • Bernie Bro
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on May 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Jon met singer, songwriter, producer, and all-around good guy Dan Zimberg in 2012, when they were in an Off-Broadway production together. While both Progressives, the two look at politics quite differently. Dan, for example, was a self-described "Bernie Bro," turned Jill Stein voter. Jon...wasn't. Hear their thoughts and feelings in this civil discussion of the election that was 2016.#Politics #BernieBro #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #Podcast Read more →

  • The Gregory Brother
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on May 10, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Evan Gregory is the eldest member of The Gregory Brothers, a musical group whose sole purpose is to songify the universe. Plain and simple. Best known for their viral videos, like Songify the News (previously Auto-Tune the News), and classics like the Bed Intruder and Double Rainbow Song, he stopped by the studio to talk with Jon about their musical upbringing, how they went from being a traditional band to YouTube phenomenon, and what their plans are for the future!#TheGregoryBrothers #TheNextBestThing #RadioFreeBrooklyn #YouTube #Podcast Read more →

  • Curious Incident of Tyler Lea
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on May 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Tyler Lea spent an entire year performing on Broadway as the lead role in the Tony-Award winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Jon sat down with him to discuss what life was like before the show, during its run, and since it closed back in September of 2016.#TheNextBestThing #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TylerLea #Broadway #Theatre #CuriousIncident Read more →

  • Go Go Davi Santos!
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on April 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Jonathan met Davi Santos in late 2010, when they were both cast in a bizarre little musical in New York City. Since then, he's gone on to appear in various films and television shows, including Mr. Box Office, Don't Trust the B**** in Apt. 23, Switched at Birth, and of course, as the Gold Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Charge! He and Jon discuss all this and more during their time in the studio.#RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #DaviSantos #PowerRangers #ShowBiz Read more →

  • The TRUTH about Guns (pt. 2)
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on April 20, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Part two of our deep look into the epidemic that is gun violence in America! #NRA #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #America Read more →

  • The TRUTH about Guns (pt.1)
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on April 20, 2017 at 12:04 am

    No other developed country in the world has anywhere near the same rate of gun violence as America. The US has nearly six times the gun homicide rate as Canada, more than seven times as Sweden, and nearly 16 times as Germany, according to UN data compiled by the Guardian. The problem just keeps getting worse, and we're doing NOTHING about it. Jon delves into this and more in this two-parter!#Guns #NRA #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #America Read more →

  • A Royal Opening Day
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on April 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    For baseball fans, Opening Day serves as a symbol of rebirth. A chance to forget last season, when all 30 of the major league clubs and their millions of fans begin with 0–0 records. Going into 2017, everyone seems to have written off Jon's beloved Kansas City Royals. It's cool, though. As we learned in 2014 and 2015, being written off and disrespected is precisely when KC plays their best baseball.#MLB #OpeningDay #RaisedRoyal #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #Radio #Podcast Read more →

  • Hillary Clinton: What Went Wrong?
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on April 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Accomplished attorney, and ardent Hillary Clinton supporter, Zarah Levin-Fragasso joins Jonathan to talk about her experience working as a volunteer lawyer for the HRC campaign, what went wrong, and where we go from here!#HillaryClinton #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #Radio Read more →

  • Judy Garland
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on March 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    To some, she was the greatest star of all time. To others, she was a tragic figure. For most of us, though, she will be forever be remembered simply as "Dorothy." A look into the life and career...of Judy Garland.#Podcast #RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing #Singers #JudyGarland Read more →

  • Best VOICES of All Time
    by Jonathan B. Lerner on March 9, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan...what do they all have in common? They each have one of the most distinctive, celebrated voices of all time! See who else made the list on this episode of The Next Best Thing.#RadioFreeBrooklyn #TheNextBestThing Read more →