Following the success of his Netflix special “Bert Kreischer: Secret Time,” comedian Bert Kreischer’s “Body Shots” world tour brought his hilarious material and unmatched comedic energy to The Paramount on Oct. 27.
Known for taking off his shirt to reveal his inflated beer belly at the beginning of his sets to his iconic joke about how he became known as “The Machine,” Kreischer delivers one of the most titillating nights of comedy of the year.
Coming on stage, he received a standing ovation from The Paramount and commanded the attention of the crowd from the beginning to the end of the show. He may not appear as clever in his material as comedians such as Bill Burr or Dave Chappell, but what sets Kreischer apart from the rest of the comedy world are his unrelenting charm, charisma and energy.
Electric from the moment he takes off his shirt to the moment when he picks it back up, there’s a reason this comedian was named “the top partyer at the Number One Party School in the country” by Rolling Stone in 1997 and was the inspiration for the frat comedy “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.” The energy only soars higher throughout the night; Kreischer has visible fun on stage, laughing with the audience throughout the whole night. His contagious laugh and his down-to-earth attitude break the separation between performer and audience; everybody is there to have a great time, even Kreischer. Kreischer talks with the audience like he’s their old drinking buddy; he even goes so far as to lead the whole theater to acapella “Ignition” by R. Kelly for part of a joke.
Kreischer tells jokes both classic and new. His comedy is dirty, offensive and mercilessly grounded in the truth, which in this generation of comedy is easy to come by; but as many try to explain their method of thinking, the genius of Kreischer’s comedy combines with his supposed stupidity. Kreischer doesn’t ask forgiveness for his sometimes sexist or racist jokes. What does he care? He just made you and himself laugh — what more does he need?
Also, did I mention Kreischer is from Florida?
One of the best original jokes of the night came with an anecdote on the topic of people being offended on behalf of other people. The joke tells a story of Kreischer trying to impress a black Starbucks barista who’s a fan of all of his comedy friends, but not of him. He comes back for the next few days, having to up the ante of the same joke about “black” coffee to crack this kid up and make him a fan before a white woman gets offended on the barista’s behalf. Every time Kreischer launches a new show, he has to successfully raise the standard of his stories, which he does effortlessly.
“The Machine,” his most known and infamous joke, was his closer — and for good reason. While Kreischer was a Florida State University in the ‘90s, he traveled to Russia for a Russian language class — which he never learned to speak — and got involved with the Russian mafia. This joke, which most of The Paramount already knew every word to, still made the whole audience laugh; for me, it was a pleasure to see live.
Kreisher, a married man with two daughters, takes pleasure in insulting them as much as possible. The show explores stories such as the time when his daughters got their first periods, when he was left home alone to care for his daughters when his wife went away and the general stupidity of a child that a Floridian chronic partier and his wife — a Texan — would procreate.
Kreischer’s comedy is stupidly funny; his material contains some of the best anecdotes in comedy in recent years. Kreischer recently added two shows on his tour in Cleveland to tape a Netflix special. It’s safe to say that the “Body Shots” tour will be available for streaming and will be immortalized in all its hilarious glory.