Albert "Bert" "The Machine" Kreischer is an American stand-up comedian, actor and reality television host. In 1997, as a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, he was featured in Rolling Stone as "the top partier" at Florida State University, the "top party school in the US", while he was in his sixth year of college. The Rolling Stone article was the inspiration for the 2002 movie Van Wilder. From 2000 to 2001, he was the co-host of the FX Network variety show, The X Show. A segment that aired on the show, "Ass Wax", where Kreischer had his hair removed with hot wax, led Kreischer to gain his own show on the FX Network, titled Hurt Bert, in 2004. In the same year, he had a role in an episode of the police drama The Shield.
Kreischer claims that on a college field trip to Russia, he drank with the Russian mob and even participated in a robbery while intoxicated. He talked about these exploits on January 14, 2011, on DC101's "Elliot in the Morning", April 5, 2011, on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast #95, Opie and Anthony on June 28, 2011, WTF with Marc Maron on January 9, 2012, WMMR's Preston and Steve Show on January 12, 2012, and on "The Todd and Tyler Radio Empire" on August 2, 2012, and on WIYY/98 Rock's Morning Show Mickey, Amelia, and Spiegel.