Bert Kreischer — a.k.a the man who inspired 2002's National Lampoon's Van Wilder starring Ryan Reynolds — is known for telling side-splitting stories on his podcasts, stand-up specials and Netflix's The Cabin.
Now, he's bringing the laughs while hosting Go-Big Show, TBS' extreme talent show.
OK! chats with the comedian.
OK!: Tell us about Go-Big Show.
BK: Fans can expect to see stunts I've never seen before. I wouldn't go as far as to say oddities, although I think we definitely cover that, but I'd say expect the unimaginable and work it up from there.
Family, that's the one word that comes to mind when I think of those guys. We were [filming] in a bubble in Macon, Ga., for just under a month, away from not just our families, but the entire world. There was a closeness that formed that I miss — a lot of positivity, a lot of affirmation and a lot of bonding in a time where America was getting torn apart. I miss them. I laughed a lot every day of the week with these people.
What was the most insane talent you witnessed — and what would your own extreme talent be?
I think the one performer that probably left me scratching my head the most was [swordswallower] Andrew Stanton. He truly is a one of a kind. As far as my talents go, if we're lucky, we'll see that in the finale.
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What were the challenges — and perks, if any — of filming during the pandemic?
One of the definite challenges was trying to smoke weed with Snoop. In a pandemic, you can't share a joint, and his joints are too powerful to smoke by yourself. That's probably the biggest challenge that comes to mind. That, and getting tested for Covid every other day, which I got really good at doing by myself.
You've done some drive-in shows this year. Can we expect another stand-up special?
Yeah, I have a new hour that I'm touring with and will probably record a new special sometime in the fall or beginning of 2022.
Any other exciting projects coming up?
Lots of big stuff in the future I don't want to jinx and talk about, but suffice to say, [I'm] hoping this country opens up and we can get back to touring and making movies and TV shows again. Also, I'm developing a vaccine for the coronavirus, but like I said, I don't want to jinx it.