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The Tom Booker Roast
Last night, baby, it hurt so good
"...minder and co-owner of the Institution Theatre – Mr. Tom Booker, we're referencing here – was treated to what..."

Sept. 2, 2011 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Booker & Ronen Say Howdy-Do!
Or something analogous, anyway, this very weekend
"...hotbed of improv comedy and similar antics, headed by Tom Booker and Asaf Ronen? That vibrant school and show..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Longlist for Man Booker Prize Announced
A dozen authors - including some repeat performers - make the cut
"...The longlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize was announced today... and readers everywhere hang their..."

July 27, 2010 Books Post by Kimberley Jones

Local Duo Harvests Up Some Hilarity in Texas Gothic
Booker & Maykus are sure ’nuff sharper than a pitchfork
"...Tom Booker’s got a big ol’ pitchfork and he’s not..."

Jan. 10, 2020 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Horse Whisperer
"...the damaged horse 2,000 miles cross country to visit Tom Booker (Redford), a “horse whisperer” who may or may..."

May 15, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Institution Theater Is the Next to Close
Shuttering the beloved venue is "bittersweet," says co-founder Tom Booker
"...The Institution, started by Tom Booker and Asaf Ronen back in 2011, has been..."

Feb. 14, 2020 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
"...crowd to gather, like a broccoli farm or the bottom of the sea – these artists can spin a..."

Aug. 26, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Making Offers No One Can Refuse
The Five Families of Austin improv go Out of Bounds with the 13th annual comedy festival
"...Foulk of the New Movement; and Asaf Ronen and Tom Booker of the Institution Theatre – and this, in..."

Aug. 29, 2014 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Always on a Sunday: The Comedians of 'Thinning the Herd'
Tyler Bryce wrangles up an improv-spiked weight-loss competition
"...girls involved.' And when I pitched the show to Tom Booker, he said, 'Let's have an audition!' Next thing..."

Jan. 4, 2013 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Institution Theater's Fuck, It's Hot
The Austin-oriented sketch show has its rough spots, but it delivers lots of laughs as a cooling balm in the dog days
"...a bit one-note and lasting too long. And a sketch-turned-Phantom of the Opera-based musical number about the I-35 rock..."

Aug. 19, 2016 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

Into the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
Everybody's working for your weekend
"...got to sit next to Rachel Madorsky during the Tom Booker Roast, because her husband Dave Buckman had to..."

Sept. 2, 2011 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
To beat the heat, OOB offers improv and stand-up acts in the triple digits
"...improv, FUCT, anything from N.Y. or L.A., and the Tom Booker roast – and I'll be helping to roast..."

Aug. 26, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Holy 1960s Batman, Batman!
This improvised bat-tribute to the old bat-TV show nails its campy spirit
"...far, top improvisers Shannon McCormick, Mike Kinald, Asaf Ronen, Tom Booker, and Shana Merlin – with Lauren Zinn, Justin..."

June 10, 2011 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

'Celebrity Autobiography'
The twaddle peddled by celebs in memoirs is even funnier when read aloud
"...Lauren Lane, Barbara Chisholm, and Martin Burke; improv star Tom Booker; Austin Cabaret Theatre's Stuart Moulton; and yours truly..."

Nov. 5, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Staged by the Bell
If you watched Saved by the Bell as a kid, you'll have a darn good time at this staged send-up
"...darn good time at Staged by the Bell. Director Tom Booker and the cast play into the show's conceits..."

Oct. 23, 2009 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

Off the Cuff and in Your City
A roundup of Austin improv schools
"...Is Institution Theatre founder and Director Tom Booker lucky to be affiliated with Esther's Follies and..."

Aug. 28, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Esther's Alumna Joins 'SNL' Cast
Former Follies performer Noël Wells debuts in season premiere tonight
"...working considering she lived in Austin." The Institution Theater's Tom Booker, who coached Wells in that company's very first..."

Sept. 28, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

First Concert: Rosa Madriz
Margin Walker director / booker Rosa Madriz describes a Houston Rodeo when she and her whole family took in Selena
"...parents listened to and as a family event. Seeing Tom Petty a few months later at The Woodlands was..."

June 29, 2018 Music Feature

Five Arty Things to Do: Dec. 15-17
Counting it down, arting it up, struggling with the goddamn tinsel
"...That’s also their top show this weekend, directed by Tom Booker, wherein “Alex Jones stops by with his truthified..."

Dec. 15, 2017 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

One in a Crowd: Satanic Panic
Book seeks crowdfunding, plus Short Term 12 returns
"...Ozzy Osbourne was the most evil man alive, and Tom Hanks made TV movies about how role playing games..."

May 24, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Improv … Tragedy? Absurdity? WTF, Institution Theater?
If it bends, it's funny; if it breaks Beckett, what is it?
"...few shows – such a great ally! Same with Tom Booker, who's been a great mentor and friend for..."

July 18, 2014 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Comedians With Theatre Damage
The fourth annual Austin Sketch Fest scripts itself silly
"...Industry, among them Mr. Show cast members Paul F. Tompkins in Superego and John Ennis, performing with Matt Kaye...."

May 24, 2013 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Hatchett Man
Local bookers like Charlie Hatchett Jr. built this city
"...vision drove the Chevelles, who then included Dwight Dow, Tom Van Zandt (yes, distant cousin), and frontman Ernie Gammage,..."

Sept. 30, 2011 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Confidence Men: Wham! Bam! Thank You, Mamet!
The Mamet-inspired troupe of improvisers nails it to the fucking wall
"...these are men. Asaf Ronen. Troy Miller. Michael Ferstenfeld. Tom Booker. Jeff Britt. Chris Allen. These are men, and..."

June 11, 2010 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
In its eighth year, the annual Austin comedy festival did this city proud
"...Austin's own Confidence Men, anchored by the Institution Theatre's Tom Booker and Asaf Ronen, was a nearly note-perfect rendition..."

Sept. 11, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

What's Wrong with Public Housing?
The remarkable turnaround of the city's Housing Authority
"...1939: Accompanied by Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and Mayor Tom Miller, the first families move into the Santa Rita..."

Aug. 31, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Thirty Years on Location
An overview of the Texas Film Commission, which has been wedding film production and the state economy for 30 years.
"...a hand. The office, currently headed by Executive Director Tom Copeland under the office of the governor, fields roughly..."

June 15, 2001 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
"...Penado is not ashamed of growing up in the Booker T. Washington housing project in East Austin, but he's..."

July 7, 2006 News Feature

Over + Over: Passion for Process
The 13 artists in AMOA's engaging exhibit 'Over + Over' use everyday objects from pencil stubs to marker caps to old tire parts to look at the craft of making art
"...Upon entering the gallery, Tom Friedman's Loop (1993-1995) prefigures the show's overall theme: taking..."

May 26, 2006 Arts Review by Nikki Moore

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, April 27-May 6
"...Tomorrow? Gates open at 11am. Al Green, the last of..."

May 18, 2001 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

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