Q&A WITH THE BERT SHOW’S JEFF DAULER
[ "The Bert Show" co-host and stand-up comedian]
You may recognize Jeff Dauler’s voice if you’re one of a million weekly listeners who tune into his nationally syndicated radio show. One of three hosts, including Bert Weiss and Kristin Klingshirn, Dauler has been the comedic (and controversial) force behind "The Bert Show" for nearly 15 years. With all that on-air experience, it’s no surprise this feisty funnyman recently decided to take on stand-up comedy. We caught up with Dauler to get to know the man behind the mic.
How would you describe "The Bert Show" in one sentence?
Eavesdropping on some of your great friends talking about whatever comes to mind. I think the biggest compliment we get is, “You guys feel like my friends.”
What is it like to broadcast your personal life to one million people each week?
It’s in some ways liberating because, no matter what life presents to me, I have to find a way to make it entertaining. I’ve shared... this motto of “Keep moving forward,” that I learned while doing the triathlon. It became a mantra for me. The essence of it is: No matter what you’re trying to change in your life, as long as every single day you move just a tiny bit in the direction of making it better, you’re closer than you were yesterday. I still get messages regularly that move me to tears from people who are just so thankful that I shared that part of my life and I gave them that sort of en-couragement... just because of those three words.
What is the biggest misconception about Atlanta?
The stereotypical one is that it's a bunch of country bumpkins who have a big airport so they think they’re a big city. There is never a night when there are less than a dozen really awesome things going on. And it’s not hard stuff to find, it’s all over the city. It’s New York, L.A., Chicago and Atlanta. We’re worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as all those cities.
You're active with several charities. Why is giving back important to you?
I almost feel an obligation to repay the community that has given me so much. For the past few years, I emceed the Ian’s Friends Foundation [Evening of Inspiration] event, which raises millions of dollars for pediatric brain cancer. Through friends, I got involved in the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. If it has a local connection—those are the ones I like to embrace.
What are some ways to give back in November?
Meals on Wheels sometimes has a shortage of people to help distribute meals, because people go away for the holidays. And the Atlanta Community Food Bank—finding a way to either provide them with food, provide them with money or just giving them a call to see what they need. I’m emceeing [the Benefit Bash] on Nov. 13 for the Rally Foundation and then Nov. 14 is the Ian’s Friends annual gala.