Two Evanstonians who produce their own successful podcasts – Jimmy Carrane, host of the Improv Nerd podcast, and Gary Zabinski, host of the Booth One podcast – will be part of the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival, happening at various locations throughout Chicago Nov. 17 to 19. The festival will include more than 35 podcasts from around the country recording episodes in front of live audiences.

In Improv Nerd, Mr. Carrane interviews some of the biggest names in comedy who have an improv background and delves into each person’s creative process before performing a totally unscripted scene with his guest.

As the hosts of Booth One, Mr. Zabinski and his sidekick, Roscoe Fraser, try to recreate the feeling of sitting in the best seat in the house at the Pump Room at the Ambassador East Hotel, where celebrities and other luminaries could see and be seen.