In 2010, long-suffering heroic Stern Show producer and miracle worker Gary Dell’Abate published a memoir. According to Gary’s Wikipedia page, Dell’Abate reportedly signed a six-figure deal with Random House for the book ” They Call Me Baba Booey. Not too bad for a guy affectionately known as a horse-toothed jackass.
The book is Gary’s life story and focuses on his life before and during The Howard Stern Show. Parts of the book are hilarious, like when he discusses his thoughts on his infamous (and disastrous) first pitch at the Mets game.
Parts of the book are sad, as Dell’Abate also reveals stories detailing his mother’s depression and other psychological problems. Gary explains that his mother was depressed and committed to a psych ward multiple times. During one of those occasions, she went through electric shock therapy.
Gary also wrote about his brother Steven, who tragically died from AIDS. He shares how vital Steven was to him and how he handled Steven’s death.
Stern Show Career: The Break-up Video and more
Gary goes into detail about the now-famous break-up tape, as well. It all started when a fan called in to The Howard Stern Show and told Howard that he dated an ex-girlfriend of Gary’s; this intrigued Howard to no end! The conversation revealed a videotape, as Gary recorded a video message for his ex after they broke up.
Eventually, the entire show crew pitched in $25,000 to purchase the tape. For longtime fans, this video is known as one of the greatest moments in the Howard Stern Show’s history.
Buy They Call Me Baba Booey
If you purchase Gary’s book, They Call Me Baba Booey; you will get Gary’s List of Favorite Desert Island Albums as a special treat. As of 2019, the Stern Show crew says that Gary’s list still holds up. Gary is known as a pop music trivia buff, and his skill has been proven over many episodes of “Stump the Booey.”
They Call Me Baba Booey book sales
While only the book’s publisher can give you accurate sales numbers, Gary’s book currently has four and a half stars on Amazon with over 350 reviews. As of 2021, They Call Me Baba Booey ranks on a number of Amazon Book Best Seller Lists.
Does Gary Dell’Abate discuss how he got his nickname Baba Booey in the book?
Yes, Gary explains that the nickname stems from a mispronunciation of the Hanna-Barbara character Baba Looey’s name. Gary has been known by his nickname, Baba Booey, for almost 30 years (Howard discusses the origin of the nickname in his book Miss America).
Free audiobook: ‘They Call Me Baba Booey’
Get a free copy of ‘They Call Me Baba Booey’ with an Audible trial. Stern Show cast members Sal and Richard have demonstrated that there is indeed an audiobook version of Gary’s book over the years. Fans can download an audio version of They Call Me Baba Booey on Audible. You can get the They Call Me Baba Booey audiobook free by starting a trial of Audible. They Call Me Baba Booey book is also available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle formats.
How much was Baba Booey paid for the infamous “break-up” videotape?
Fans and crew of the Howard Stern Show pitched in a total of $25,000 so that Gary would allow the video he recorded for an ex-girlfriend to be made public. It went down as one of the greatest moments in show history.
Is there a
video of Gary Dell’Abate’s first pitch at the Mets game?
YES! Thanks to the Howard Stern Show channel on YouTube, everyone can enjoy Gary Dell’Abate’s first pitch (aka. Baba Booey pitch), one of the worst first pitches in baseball history. It’s possible to see the immediate psychological meltdown Baba Booey experiences after the ball leaves his hand. Truly an embarrassment to humankind.