This week on Yes But Why, I interview actor and comedian, Tom Booker.
Tom Booker is an actor, improv comedian, writer, voice actor, and director.
Tom is the owner of The Institution Theater, an improv comedy theater located in Austin, Texas. Along with voice acting, Tom has appeared in several television shows, a few movies and nearly a hundred commercials.
In our chat, Tom and I talk about his journey. Tom tells me about growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He talks about playing Top Dog, the mascot for University of Oklahoma.
Tom learned improv in the heyday of Chicago theater, under the tutelage of such improv greats as Del Close and Mick Napier. He is a founding member of Chicago's Annoyance Theatre. I picked his brain for lots of stories about this time. Think of the genius he soaked up!
Tom talks about the amazing experience of performing in The Annoyance Theatre's Off-Broadway production of "The Real Live Brady Bunch", a show known for all the great comedians that were in the cast. So many wild little details!
Later, in his stories of his Los Angeles adventures, Tom talks about Theatre-A-Go-Go!, the L.A. theater company he founded and the wild sketch comedy shows he wrote and directed there: "Patty, Patty, BANG! BANG! – The Patty Hearst Musical!" as well as a stage production of Valley Of The Dolls.
I met Tom after he had moved to Austin and started The Institution Theater with Asaf Ronen. Tom is an important member of the Austin Improv Community as it currently stands. It was an honor to have him on the podcast.
Support Tom by listening to his podcast "The Good Morning! I Love You! Show with Tom Booker" and by checking out his blog, "The Recovering Bohemian." There are also awesome online courses available through Tom’s theater, The Institution Theater! Check those out as well!
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