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Comedian Bert Kreischer to ring in new year at Off the Hook

Date posted: December 28, 2012

Comedian Bert Kreischer to ring in new year at Off the Hook
Travel Channel show host is Tampa native.
Written by Don Manley

Comedian Bert Kreischer plays the Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island Dec. 27 – 31. / marcoislandflorida

 

Bert Kreischer’s time as a Florida State undergraduate was long – seven years – and set him on the path toward a flourishing career.

But it wasn’t Kreischer’s academic background that led to his life’s work as a stand-up comedian, actor and reality television host.

Kreischer is best known for his Travel Channel shows “Bert The Conquerer” (where he highlighted rollercoasters, water rides and unusual sports traveled at amusement parks and other venues) and “Trip Flip,” where he convinces two random people to spontaneously agree to a three-day surprise vacation.

The man whom the Travel Channel describes as a “professional fun-seeker and travel expert” will display his stand-up skills this week at the Off the Hook Comedy Club.

 

He will perform four shows, Thursday through Sunday, and two on Monday – New Year’s Eve.

Kreischer’s show-biz career was sparked by a six-page, 1997 Rolling Stone magazine article titled “The Undergraduate” about him in which he was named the “No. 1 Partier in the Nation” at the country’s top party school.

That led to movie director Oliver Stone’s optioning the rights to his life, book deals, a comedy showcase with Kreischer as the headliner and a move to New York City to pursue a career in comedy.

A Tampa native, Kriescher working at the Boston Comedy Club in 1998 and within a year, he attracted the attention of Will Smith, who signed him to a television development deal. Kreischer co-hosted FX’s “The X Show” and made his acting debut starring in the CBS/20th Century Fox pilot, “Life with David J’’ with Elliot Gould.

From there, he had a 2009 stand-up special on Comedy Central, “Bert Kreischer: Comfortably Dumb” and hosted Spike TV’s “Fresh Baked Video Games.” Kreischer has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Shorties Watchin’ Shorties” and “Reality Bites Back,” FX’s “Hurt Bert” and “The Shield,” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”

Kreischer has also guested on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Rachael Ray Show.”

The tag line at the top of Kreischer’s Twitter page sums it up: “I am a party animal, comedian, actor, host, hesitant passenger, fast eater, glutton, husband, dad … I am the Machine.”

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