408 E. Broadway, Mall of America
Bloomington, MN 55425
Category: Bars and Clubs
Bert Kreischer is a party animal. To quote Spinal Tap keyboardist Viv Savage, the comedian, once named America's Number One Party Animal by Rolling Stone, still likes to "have a good time, all the time." The subject of the movie National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Kreischer never saw a penny from that film due to a contractual technicality. At first, he was urged to sue by his agent, his manager, and various attorneys. He relented, though. "It didn't do that well at the box office," he notes. "It's had life since then [on DVD], but I didn't want to be 'the lawsuit guy.' As soon as you're that guy, you don't work anymore." Looking back at his college days, Kreischer feels it was probably his hard-partying buddies that impeded his start in comedy. "Everyone always said, 'You should be a comedian.' But I didn't have the kind of friends that would inspire that kind of artistic growth. If I would have told my friends, 'I think I want to be a comedian,' they would have said, 'You're not funny, you're just an idiot.' Then they would have made fun of me for the rest of my life." Though he started in standup with party and beer drinking stories, he has moved on to other subjects while still keeping the same storytelling style. "I get compared a lot to the redneck comedians like Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy, but I am to redneck comedians what Wilco is to country music. I tell stories like Ron White, only without the drawl and the Andy Griffith part of it." 18+; 21+ later shows.
April 10-12, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 12, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., April 13, 9:30 p.m.; April 13-14, 7 p.m., 2013