Bret Kreischer, born November 3, 1972 in Tampa, Florida, did not really dream of a career in comedy, but instead, was catapulted straight to it. While spending his years studying at the Florida State University, he was featured on an article on Rolling Stone magazine, calling him “number one partier in the nation.” This article attracted attention towards him: he was offered book deals, the morning show on a local radio station, and Oliver Stone optioned the rights to his life. Despite not having comedy experience, he took the stage after three experienced comedians, and closed the show after thirty minutes’ worth of material. He then moved to New York to pursue a career in comedy.
In 1999, he became the host of The X Show, a late night comedy talk show aimed at men. It’s success led to him being given the chance to work on a sitcom pilot—Life with David J—in 2001, a year after he was given a deal by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment to work on another sitcom. He then appeared in his first film, the short comedy Prepare to Meet Thy God, which is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about the Phoenix bird, in 2002.
Kreischer also appeared in television shows such as VH1’s Never Mind the Buzz!$#!#s, Comedy Central’s Shorties Watching Shorties, and FX’s The Shield. His segment on The X Show, “Hurt Bert”—which involved Kreischer getting, well, hurt—was spun-off into its own program on Current TV after gaining notoriety on the Internet, and being awarded Clip of the Year honors on E!’s Talk Soup. He starred in the 2007 comedy Alpha Mail. He was also given a chance to perform on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and is to appear in the channel’s reality show, Reality Bites Back.