American comedian Bert Kreischer’s comedy show is unlike any other. Rather than following a set routine of jokes Kreischer instead describes his show by saying, “It’s like being in my living room when I stand up to go get some beers but then I end up telling a story instead and take my shirt off.”
The style of comedy Kreischer employs is much more reliant on storytelling than it is on actual punchlines or jokes but he always ensures it's incredibly funny.
“Storytelling can be so boring sometimes, so what I try to do is sprinkle in a whole lot of stand-up with the storytelling so that you don’t even realise you’re being told a story sometimes.”
Kreischer has been working away on the comedy circuit for years but his recent Netflix special, Secret Time, has seen his popularity explode. To have one piece of content have such a monumental impact on his life Kreischer told J.A.M “it fucking blew my mind.” The popularity and impact of Secret Time was so shocking to Kreischer because, as he revealed to us, it actually took two recordings for him to get a performance he was happy with.
“I did two tapings in Philadelphia. The first one I bombed on, so I was fucking confused and didn’t know what was going on. Then I had a cup of coffee and went up to do the next one. About halfway through I knew it was one of the best sets I’d ever done. I remember thinking, ‘I hope they hit record.’”
Looking back on his beginnings Kreischer could not have ever envisioned comedy would take him so far.
“I never in a million years thought comedy would take me anywhere but Omaha, Florida and Atlanta. I’m not even that good at comedy if we were to be totally honest. I’m a competent comedian with a handful of stories who takes his shirt off and loves to drink with his fans.”
Jun 20. Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown. $71.30+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.enmoretheatre.com.au