[ "The Bert Show" co-host and stand-up co­me­dian]

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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.

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