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BOOTH ONE - Celebrating Culture and Conversation

By Gary Zabinski, Frank Tourangeau

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Host Gary Zabinski and co-host Frank Tourangau engage in the art of lively conversation from the vantage point of BOOTH ONE (formerly known as TalkSports). In the heyday of the Pump Room at the Ambassador East Hotel here in Chicago, Booth One was the most sought after seat in the house, as the privileged celebrities and other luminaries who were seated there could be seen from the lobby, the bar and the rest of the room. A place to see and to be seen. Sadly, the original Booth One is now lost to the ages, but still resides as a display in the lobby of the UP Club at the Second City. On our BOOTH ONE podcast, we attempt to revive that feeling of being in the best seat in the house by seeking out and describing our Booth One experiences for our listeners. We’ll be talking about our recent Booth One brushes with famous guests, first class events, and behind-the-scenes encounters. We’ll also continue to have Booth One conversations covering a variety of topics, both current and esoteric. We’ll send Frank and Gary to some of the more exotic places and events in this great metropolis and beyond, looking for Booth One-type experiences to share with you. Anything is fair game on BOOTH ONE, reflective of the kinds of conversations that must have taken place in the legendary Pump Room’s first-class seating. Be a fly on the wall as Gary and Frank attempt to recreate the magic, mystery and mischief of the BOOTH ONE experience for your amusement and edification! Send us your Booth One experiences and we’ll share them with our listeners on the podcast. Your reservation to BOOTH ONE is waiting!

Customer Reviews

One Stop Shop

I love this podcast because it gives you a little bit of everything: culture, humor, wit, insight and a chance to get to know some of the city's best known (or soon to be known!) creative talents. Highly recommended!

A Fantastic Podcast

Episode 51 is one of my favorites. I enjoyed Sean Graney discussing his early days in the Chicago theater scene, as well as the founding of The Hypocrites. I loved hearing about the development of Sean’s show, All Our Tragic. Listening to Booth One is akin to attending an intimate dinner party and hearing old friends discuss theater and pop culture.

Theater, movies and humor

This podcast is alway smart and entertaining. I enjoy the stories about theater and old movies, and celebrities Roscoe and Gary have met. The episode with the Chita Rivera interview is especially great - the three of them chatted like they had been friends for years.

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