Mostly known for doing his stand-up comedy gigs shirtless, Bert Kreischer is an all-around performer. Apart from being a renowned comic, he works as an actor, reality television host, and podcaster. This is why his nickname, “The Machine”, fits him so well. As of 2023, Bert Kreischer has a net worth of $5 million.
Albert Kreischer was born on November 3, 1972. He was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, but he spent most of his youth in Tampa. His father was a real estate lawyer, and his mother worked in early childhood development.
For college, he went to Florida State University and studied English. There, he became a fraternity member of the Alpha Tau Omega and had a reputation for being a party animal.
In 1997, his university was rated number one in The Princeton Review’s list of the best party schools of the year. Kreischer was in his sixth year at the time and was considered the top partyer at his school.
Bert’s first encounter with stand-up comedy was at a Tallahassee pub named Potbelly’s. He moved to New York City in hopes of pursuing a full-time career. He then worked at the Boston Comedy Club.
With this, he started his gimmick of performing without his shirt. He became infamous for the story of how he earned his nickname, which included him getting involved with the mafia while on a school trip in Russia.
Though it’s just a story, and he most probably didn’t really go to Russia, The Machine’s tale was a hit among comedy fans. With this, he got invited to appear on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Show with David Letterman.
Kreischer’s media debut was actually in 1985 when he appeared as Chunk in the adventure movie “The Goonies”. As a stand-up comedian, he appeared in the DVD release called National Lampoon Live: New Faces – Volume 2 in 2004.
He slowly built his reputation and got his first special, “Bert Kreischer: Comfortably Dumb”, on Comedy Central. Later on, he got stints outside of stand-up comedy. He hosted the reality television 2010 series titled “Bert the Conqueror”.
Bert ventured into podcasting in 2012. He is now the host of Bertcast and also co-hosts 2 Bears 1 Cave and Bill and Bert. In addition to this, he appears on other podcasts with Joe Rogan, Tom Segura, Ethan Klein and Tim Dillon. In 2018, he earned his first Netflix special titled “Bert Kreischer: Secret Time”. He got his second show on the streaming service two years later.
Net Worth and Earnings
As a comedian and media personality, Bert can be booked for corporate and personal events. The estimated fee to book Kreischer is anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000.
With his popularity, Bert also makes extra income from sponsorship deals on his shows and social media. He gets approximately $1,500 per post. Kreischer’s fortune is currently valued at $5 million.
Bert is a married man. His wife’s name is LeeAnn Kreischer, and she is also a podcast host. The two got married in 2003 and have two daughters named Georgia and Ila. Their family lives in a $5 million mansion in Los Angeles, California.