Calendar » Get Out

Even Wilder Tha Van

Berkt Kreischer used to be America's top partier. Now he tells jokes.


When comedian Bert Kreischer was in college a decade ago, Rolling Stone named him the No.1 party animal in the country. The Tampa native was attending Florida State when the magazine hailed the school’s students as the nation’s top revelers. The article focused on one kid. “I thought it was a joke,” says Kreischer. @cal body 1:Since then, Kreischer has landed gigs on The Shield and the CBS pilot Life With David J. He also hosted FX’s short-lived The X Show. Oliver Stone even optioned his tale for a film. But after the Platoon director lost interest, the script’s writer sold the story to National Lampoon, which turned it into the Van Wilder movie series. Kreischer received no money or credit from the deal, “but they didn’t change the names of any of my friends,” he laughs. “So all my friends are in it.” These days, Kreischer tours comedy clubs across the country, sharing yarns from his beer-drinking and hell-raising days. He draws a lot of comparisons to hillbilly comics like Jeff Foxworthy and Ron White, but “I am to redneck comedians what Wilco is to country music,” he says. “I tell stories like them, only without the drawl.”
May 30-31, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 1, 8 & 10:15 p.m.; Sun., June 3, 7 p.m.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.