Those familiar with Bert Kreischer mainly have the image of a large-bellied party man whose college life inspired the National Lampoon film, Van Wilder. It is an image that one would not naturally associate with a wholesome family.
The standup comedian still maintains his wild party animal image on stage. But, back at home, he is a relatively more reserved figure, married to a beautiful woman named LeeAnn, and together, raising two beautiful girls. The contrast is one worth exploring, and here is everything you need to know about the comedian’s family.
Bert Kreischer Met His Wife Thrice Before They Began A Relationship
With the closeness and depth of their love for each other now, it might be hard to imagine there was a time LeeAnn had zero interest in the wild comedian. But there was, which is why it took three tries before they had a meaningful conversation talk less of dating.
The exact time remains unknown, but they met for the first time when LeeAnn, who was born in 1971, was an almost 30-year-old writer. She and her writing partner at the time worked in an office along a hiking trail. Her partner was friends with Bert’s then-roommate, and she met Bert when he tagged along for a visit.
While Bert instantly had a positive opinion of LeeAnn, specifically that she was pretty, his wife-to-be had the opposite. She considered Bert and his friend rude for interrupting them in the middle of their work. The second time they met was a lot less cagey.
LeeAnn, fresh off a breakup, was attending a yoga class at the Hollywood YMCA, where she ran into her ex. Coincidentally, Bert was also in the same class, sitting next to her, but she was too distracted with her work out and emotions to notice him.
The third time proved to be the charm. Now in her early 30s, LeeAnn was back in the dating pool. She attended a bowling party organized by her writing partner, who invited Bert’s roommate. Like the first time, Bert tagged along, and the two of them struck up a conversation for the first time.
It was during this conversation when both were in the single people’s team that LeeAnn’s initial opinion of Bert changed. Charmed by the comedian’s outgoing personality and realness, she gave his roommate her number to pass to Bert, and the rest has been history.
LeeAnn is a Podcaster and Georgia Native
Bert Kreischer’s wife, LeeAnn, is a name many fans of the standup comedian would know. She regularly features in several of his jokes and has appeared on stage with him on a few occasions. She was born on August 20, 1971, as Kelly LeeAnn Kemp in Bowdon, Georgia and attended Bowdon High School.
But while she is renowned for being the butt of her husband’s jokes, she also has a modestly successful media career of her own. She is the host of a weekly podcast, Wife of the Party, recorded in Bert’s mancave in their family home.
In the podcast, she invites friends and colleagues of the Kreischer family to discuss a wide range of topics. On the podcast, LeeAnn Kreischer and her guests cover issues like marriage, family, kids, and current events. Some of the notable guests on her podcast thus far include Christina Pazsitzky and her husband, Bert.
Asides from the podcast, LeeAnn has also appeared on an episode of Bert’s cooking show, Something’s Burning. She appeared in the Nashville Hot Chicken! episode. She is also quite the philanthropist, having set up a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Facebook for her birthday.
They Married in December 2003 and Share Two Children
While the bowling event changed the dynamic between Bert and LeeAnn, it was not a smooth road from party to marriage for the couple. After collecting her number from his roommate, Bert Kreischer waited for days before reaching out.
The lack of contact from Bert prompted LeeAnn to reach out, resulting in a vulnerable moment from the comedian who revealed he had zero experience asking out a girl. Eventually, with persuasion and help from LeeAnn, they went on a couple of dates, and the two began a relationship.
Eventually, after months of dating, Bert and LeeAnn became a couple in December 2003. With all inhibitions gone after getting married, the couple did not waste time expanding their new family. They gave birth to their first daughter, Georgia, in 2004 and the second, Ila, in 2006.
They named their first daughter after LeeAnn’s birth state. Their second, after her aunt, whom Bert describes as a chain smoker, drunk, and all-round fascinating human being.
Bert and LeeAnn have remained a happy family ever since, and his daughters have inherited his sense of humor. Like his wife, they are mainstay features of his jokes, giving a wholesome side to his frat guy comedy act. The Kreischer family lives in Los Angeles, California.
Bert Kreischer’s Family Supports His Comedy Persona
Bert Kreischer first hit national limelight when a 1997 Rolling Stone article profiled him as the top partier at the No. 1 party school in the country. With his college years behind him and a new role as a father and husband, one might presume those party days would be over. But they are not.
His standup act involves him taking off his shirt on stage, minutes into every show, and stories of his habitual drinking are wedged into his routines. Bert’s family is in full support of both actions, encouraging his untamed frat guy persona. His wife’s social media consists of photos and videos that capture this persona, even in their home.
The support equally extends to Bert Kreischer’s children, who have adopted their father’s ‘reckless’ sense of humor. On one occasion, the family hosted a party in honor of Georgia’s first period. In typical frat guy move, Georgia named her period, Jason, referencing Friday the 13th. It was received with hilarity from her parents and sibling.
It is a bond and understanding forged despite the limitations of Bert’s profession, which regularly has him on the road for months. Taking advantage of the limited time they spend together, the Kreischer family build their connection through inside jokes (his children have multiple nicknames for him) and vacations. It may not be the ideal way to build a family, but it is one that has kept the Kreischer family together for years.