They say don’t meet your heroes, it’ll never play out the way you want it to and you’ll be disappointed. We just found out that this bit of foreboding superstitious warning is complete and utter B.S. We met Bert Kreischer to speak about his hosting duties on TBS’ Go-Big Show. We discussed his excitement for Season Two, some of his favorite acts, facing his fears, which host is the hardest to please, and then we got sidelined by his enthusiasm for our mutual love of sneakers. We did discuss much more but what stood out to us was the portion of the conversation about sneakers. Here’s a small snippet on the topic. 

Snippet From our Bert Kreischer Interview

Illuminerdi: “I know that we’re switching gears here for a second, but I know you’re a big sneakerhead. I’ve seen you wear some of the coolest shoes I’ve ever seen, some Off-White Dunks by Virgil Abloh, which are incredible, and the SB Birdie Boy Dunks that you got from Dank & Co.” (which became a big thing on Twitter)

 Illuminerdi: “Where did your passion for sneakers kind of come from? And have you had a chance to talk to T-Pain about his sneakers?”

Bert Kreischer: “Yes. Anyone who’s a little bit of a sneakerhead seeks out other sneakerheads. I have to say, I’m not a great sneakerhead because I just started getting into Yeezys. I just started appreciating Yeezys. I just got the Yeezy Boosts. I love them. Even the Off-Whites, I couldn’t wear the tag on them. So I was like, ‘That’s just too much.’

And then dumb me. I called my buddy Tom Segura, and I go, ‘Yeah, I cut the tag off.’ And he goes, ‘Hey, you can unlace the shoe and slide it off.’ And I went, ‘Oh, my God. I cut it.’

I got into sneakers and it was because of my specials. The first pair I got were black and gold Jordans, for Secret Time. Then I was like, I like the way they looked. And I was wearing these old Nike ACGs or whatever. And my wife was like, ‘You look like an old man in those.’

Bert Kreischer
Bert Kreischer with his Black and Gold J’s

I started reaching out to other sneakerheads, Ron Funches is a sneakerhead, Chris Delia is a sneakerhead, Bernie Schaub is a sneakerhead. I started talking to them about certain shoes I liked, and I didn’t like. Then I fell in love with SBs. That’s what I’m wearing right now. I’m an SB guy. I love Nike SBs. There are some pink and black Nike SBs that I was looking at that I really, really want,”

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Bert Kreischer: “Dude, I want the ‘Tiffany Dunks’. They’re like $5,000. I got sent a fake pair, and I put them online. Dude, everyone hit me up. They’re like, ‘They’re fake, they’re fake. They’re fake.’ And I was like, “No one can tell.”

Full Bert Kreischer Interview

Bert Kreischer is one of the most fascinating personalities to ever wear as many hats as he does. He is truly a strong multi-hyphenate. We’re talking Comedian, Emmy winning Host, Podcaster, Author, Actor, and Cultural Color Commentator. The man was named the number one partier in the nation by Rolling Stone. All that adds up to Bert being fearless in the pursuit of what makes him happy. That’s why he is Bert the conqueror AKA The Machine. Don’t feel bad if you find something you didn’t know about him interesting. After all, that’s the point of this piece. If you want to know more, watch the full interview. 

Go-Big Show Bert Kreischer

Once you’re done watching the interview, check out one if not all three of Bert Kreischer’s specials on Netflix, and Go-Big Show on TBS. Then come back and tell us what was your favorite story from any of them in the comments below or on our social media.

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