- Gary Dell'Abate
name = Gary Patrick Dell'Abate
caption = Gary Patrick Dell'Abate
birth_date = birth date and age|1961|3|14
Uniondale, New York
spouse = Mary Dell'abate
children = Jackson, Lucas
website = [http://www.howardstern.com www.howardstern.com]
Gary Patrick Dell'Abate (born
March 14 1961) is the producer of " The Howard Stern Show" and co-host of " The Wrap Up Show".
Dell'Abate was born in
Uniondale, New York, on Long Island. He comes from a large Italian-Americanfamily, the youngest of 23 first cousins. His father, Sal, was an ice creamsalesman. He attended Adelphi Universitywhere he interned at several college radio stations. While interning with Roz Frank, a traffic reporter on WNBC, he came into contact with Howard Stern.
Howard Stern Show
Dell'Abate has worked on "The Howard Stern Show" since
September 4, 1984: originally on 66 WNBC, then syndicated at K-Rock in New York, and now Sirius Satellite Radio.
nicknameis Baba Booey (sometimes misspelled Ba Ba Booey or other variants) and is frequently used on Stern's show, as well as sometimes shouted by fans when they call into other radio or television shows (generally to the irritation of other hosts - see below). Dell'Abate earned the name when during the show he referred to the Quick Draw McGrawcharacter BaBa Looey as BaBa Booey. Despite the seemingly relentless jokes, pranks and taunts at Dell'Abate's expense, Stern readily acknowledges Dell'Abate's intelligence, organizational abilities, excellent memoryand strong work ethic. After being proven wrong on his IQ Score& failing to guess the answer to a riddle, which was "Machine", his nickname was changed to Mac hine. When asked what "M-A-C-H-I-N-E" spelled, he replied "Mac-hine". This nickname change did not last long as the longer running nickname of Baba Booey was much more popular, although rarely Mac hine is still used. Recently, Gary and on-air personality Artie Langehave engaged in multiple arguments over the Yankees- Metsbaseball feud.
Gary is generally the most mocked person on the show. He is almost regularly made fun of for having large green teeth, big gums, big
lips and bad breath. A related point of ridicule is the speech pattern in which he turns "s" into "f". Fans also mock Dell'Abate - one fan used to wear a gorillamask to Gary's public appearances as well as make his own animation cells featuring Baba Booey. In particular, fellow Stern Show staff member Sal the Stockbrokerhas routinely mocked and tortured Gary with prank calls, various song parodies, and a large number of jokes. Gary is often forced to wear various masks while holding the microphone for Stern show female guests so his large lips and teeth and generally disturbing face do not distract the rest of the cast and viewers. Because Gary has become increasingly sensitive about his appearance, he now resists wearing the mask.
Gary is also often mocked for his
yo-yo dieting. He has attributed his bouts with weight gainto his love of chocolate. He is also an on-again, off-again cigarettesmoker. He is also often made fun of for enjoying buttholingus and Teen Anal pornography.cite news | first=Jason | last=Kaplan | coauthors= Thomas Panasci | title=The Rundown | date=2007-01-04 | publisher= | url =http://www.howardstern.com/rundown.hs?month=January&day=4&year=2007&x=31&y=9 | work = | pages =1 | accessdate = 2007-01-04| language = ]
He had trouble speaking as a young boy. During the K-Rock days a fan (with the help of Jackie Martling) created a likeness of Gary, the "Gary Puppet", which was recently repaired re-stationed in the Howard Stern Show studio. It was formerly equipped with a mechanism to cause its comically over-sized mouth to move whenever Gary speaks to Howard through the studio
intercom. Currently, Fred Norris typically does the voice of the Gary Puppet and any impressions of Gary. He was featured in the May 2007 issue of "Sound and Vision magazine" where his home theater was profiled. In this article, he revealed that his favorite album is Aja by Steely Dancite news | first=Rob | last=Medich | title= Installations: The Real King of All Media| date=2007-04-13 | publisher= | url = http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/installations/2234/installations-the-real-king-of-all-media.html| work = | pages = 7| accessdate = 2007-04-13| language = ] , he was later ridiculed and mocked by the staff for his choice. He was also ridiculed for stating that he could not mount his TV to the wall because they'd get in the way of his sconces. During this segment he also stated that he has a light system that lights up a trail from his bedroom to his kitchen for use in the very early mornings when he prepares for work. He also mentioned his desire to own an expensive a system for which to view his DVD collection from any television in his home without having to load the disc, for which he received a tremendous amount of ridicule. He also is known for having many surveillance cameras in and around his home that he frequently checks from his office computer.
Previously nicknamed "Boy Gary", Dell'Abate's "Baba Booey" moniker originated on the Howard Stern Show in 1989, after telling a story of his prized collection of animation cels. In the course of discussing a
Quick Draw McGrawcel he might purchase, he misstated the name of McGraw's sidekick" Baba Looey" as "Baba Booey" (In actuality, Gary was not entirely wrong when he referred to "Baba Booey". Quickdraw McGraw frequently referred to Baba Looey as "Baba Boy", which tended to sound like "Baba Booey"). As is typical of the show, the rest of the cast "goofed" on his mistake, becoming especially merciless since he was mulling the purchase of a celof a character without even knowing the character's correct name. Dell'Abate said something to the effect that they would forget the name by the next day, yet after nearly two decades it is still his nickname. The nickname is frequently varied to similar sounding names such as "Fah Fah Fooey" or "Ma Ma Monkey."
Dell'Abate has often recounted that people unfamiliar with the Stern show think "Baba Booey" is his real name. A frequent guest on the TV game show
The Hollywood Squares, Dell'Abate was sometimes just called "Bob" or "Baba" by unknowing contestants. "Baba Booey" as a term has become a mantrafor fans of the Howard Stern Show and is often used during crank callsto live network television or radio broadcasts.
Dell'Abate is probably the subject of more song parodies than any other topic on the Stern Show, the only cast member with more may be Robin Quivers. Most of the songs involve melodically repeating one of Dell'Abate's nicknames over and over (usually Baba Booey), although some contain actual lyrics, most of which insult Dell'Abate's appearance. Oftentimes including drawn out phrases such as "Ra ra retard", "Ma ma monkey", "Sma sma Smelly" or "Sta sta stupid" to fill in melodic gaps in the song.
A Horse With No Name" by America as "Boy with Horse Teeth"
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" by Led Zeppelin
*"Bad Boys" by
Inner Circle(Also known as the "Cops" theme song)"
*"Baker Street" by
Barbara Ann" by The Beach Boys
Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
Miami Sound Machine
Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson
Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz
The Imperial March" by John Williams, the Darth VaderTheme
The Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin
That's Life", as "Those Teeth"
*"Iron Man" by
If I Only Had a Brain" from the Wizard of Oz
*"It Had to Be You"
Let The Music Play" by Shannon, premiered September 12, 2007, Howard 100, Sirius Satellite Radio
Los del Río
Pop Muzik" by M, premiered September 6, 2007, Howard 100, Sirius Satellite Radio
Proud Mary" by CCR, premiered September 12, 2007, Howard 100, Sirius Satellite Radio
Rehab" by Amy Winehouse, premiered September 6, 2007, Howard 100, Sirius Satellite Radio
Ridin'" by Chamillionaire
Sexy Back" by Justin Timberlake
Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles, premiered August 23, 2006, Howard 100, Sirius Satellite Radio
Summer Nights" by Olivia Newton-Johnand John Travolta
These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatraas "These Teeth are Made for Chomping"
These Eyes" by The Guess Whoas "These Teeth" featuring Burton Cummings[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3E3KwUQ1Ng]
Notable Stern Show events
In 1988, Dell'Abate made a videotaped bid to win back an ex-girlfriend, which came to light in the late 1990s when an ex-boyfriend of the woman called Howard's show claiming to have seen the tape. On the tape, Gary frequently refers to his ex as "man" (e.g., "I miss you, man"), states that his professional life is a 9 (pronounced like "newine") while his personal life is at a 2, and since their split, she has gained a lover and a best friend while he has gained a couple of lovers but has no friends. He also points out that his hair had grown longer during their time apart and that he is wearing his favorite
t-shirt, one he often wore while they were together. Such proclamations invited much ridicule from Stern fans and regulars, and snippets of the audio from the tape became oft-used soundbites on the show. While his bid to win back his lady love proved successful, they ultimately broke up for good the following year. He was paid over $25,000 by members of Stern's audience and staff to hand over the tape.
Dell'Abate's contribution to "The Revelations Game", announced on
January 16, 2006, was that he and a friend of his once paid massagegirls to come to their hotel room, but that the girls ended up ripping the two off and left them staring at each other in their underwear. The Stern Show staff roundly criticized Dell'Abate for this sub-par revelation.
Dell'Abate is a devotee of 1980s music, and he sometimes plays "Stump the Booey", an Eighties music
triviagame, usually beating his competitor.
Dell'Abate has sung songs on the show written by
Fred Norris, in which he ridicules himself for his work habits, eating habits, bad breath, large teeth, and "monkey like" features.
March 28, 2006show, Dell'Abate was inadvertently squirted in the eye by a stream of female ejaculate during a segment in which Annie Cruzused various high-powered tools to achieve orgasm. Discussion ensued on whether the fluid was actually different from urine, and concerned callers raised the possibility of it containing HIV.
October 26, 2006, Gary became the second regular Stern Show personality, after Artie Lange, to be roasted. The Roast Master was the Reverend Bob Levy. He was roasted by Collin Quinn, Lisa Lampanelli, Artie Lange, Sal the Stockbroker, among others.
On a January 2008 edition of the Stern show it was revealed by Gary that he would possibly be getting braces for his overbite. He claims it would make his lips protrude less and would get lip reduction if the lips hung over. Gary assured everyone it didn't have to do with the constant ribbing on the show and he knew even after he had them off the staff would continue tormenting him. Gary eventually decided to forgo the dental procedure and focus on losing weight, thus far he has been unsuccessful.
Dell'Abate lives in
Old Greenwich, Connecticutwith his wife Mary and their two sons, Jackson and Lucas. His sons appeared on the show during a bit titled "Daddy or Dummy".
After Gary's brother, Steven, died of
AIDSin January 1991, Dell'Abate became a supporter of LIFEbeat The Music Industry Fights AIDS [ [http://www.lifebeat.org/ LIFEbeat-The Music Industry Fights AIDS ] ] and serves on the charity's Board of Directors. He said Richard Simmonshelped cheer up his brother and "light up the whole hospital". Gary convinced Artie Langeto get involved with LIFEbeat by creating a cupcake in collaboration with Crumb's bakery. Artie's donations were subsequently rejected by LIFEbeat for his anti-gay and anti-AIDS victim rants, much to Gary's dismay. Gary is an avid New York Mets, New York Jetsand New York Islandersfan
On June 19th, 2008 Gary's cousin, Jill Dell'Abate was in studio playing in
Carly Simon's band.cite news | first=Jason | last=Kaplan | coauthors= Michael Dempster | title=The Rundown | date=2008-06-19 | publisher= | url=http://www.howardstern.com/rundown.hs?month=June&day=19&year=2008 | work = | pages =1 | accessdate = 2008-06-20| language = ]
* [http://www.howardstern.com/ Howard Stern Official Web Site]
* [http://www.lifebeat.org/who_we_are/board_of_directors.htm LIFEbeat The Music Industry Fights AIDS Board of Directors]
*imdb name|id=0217253|name=Gary Dell'Abate
* [http://www.iseeoj.com/ The infamous "Bababooey"/ OJ chase call made to Peter Jennings]
* [http://www.bababooey.com/ bababooey.com]
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