They Call Me Baba Booey

Back in 2010, Stern Show producer and horse-toothed jack-ass 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 titled They Call Me Baba Booey.

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 if are sad, as Dell’Abate also reveals stories detailing his mother’s psychological problems. Gary explains that his mother was 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 confusing 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 into 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 that there was 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 era of the show is one of the greatest show moments.

If you purchase, They Call Me Baba Booey as a special treat you will get Gary’s List of Favorite Desert Island Albums. As of 2019, the Stern Show crew says that Gary’s list still holds up.

They Call Me Baba Booey book sales and copies sold – while only the book’s publisher can give you accurate sales numbers, Gary’s book currently has four stars on Amazon with 247 reviews. In 2019, They Call Me Baba Booey ranks #407,820 in Amazon Book Best Sellers List.


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).

Can I get ‘They Call Me Baba Booey’ as an audiobook free?

YES! As Stern Show cast members Sal and Richard have demonstrated on the show over the years, there is indeed an audiobook version of Gary’s book. Fans can download an audio version of They Call Me Baba Booey on Audible. You can get 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 video of Baba Booey’s first pitch at the Mets game?

YES! Thanks to the Howard Stern Show channel on YouTube, everyone can enjoy 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.

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