Theo Von

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Theo Von
Theo Von Comedian.jpg
Von in August 2016
Birth nameTheodor Capitani von Kurnatowski
Born (1980-03-19) March 19, 1980 (age 38)
Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active2000–present
GenresObservational comedy, black comedy
Subject(s)Human behavior, human sexuality, American politics, gender differences
WebsiteOfficial website

Theodor Capitani von Kurnatowski (born March 19, 1980), known professionally as Theo Von, is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, television personality, host, and actor. In 2000, while in college, he appeared as a cast member of the MTV reality television series Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour. He was then a contestant on four seasons of MTV's series Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons (2002), The Gauntlet (2003-2004), Battle of the Sexes 2 (2004-2005) and Fresh Meat (2006). From 2013 to 2014, he hosted the comedy game show Deal with It. Since 2016, he has hosted This Past Weekend, a twice-weekly podcast which alternates between interviews with guests and solo shows.

Early life[edit]

Theo Von was born Theodor Capitani von Kurnatowski, in Covington, Louisiana, the son of Gina Capitani and Roland von Kurnatowski Sr. He has an older brother and two younger sisters, all of whom currently reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His father was originally from Nicaragua and was 70 years old when Theo was born.[2]

Von's hometown of Covington sits in a region Theo claims as "The Stray Animal Belt", a geographical distribution of stray animals spanning from the Southeast to the upper Midwest states.[3][4]


In 2009, Von popularized "crank texting" (sending a text message to random phone numbers to incite conversations), and began his "crank texting" blog, which was picked up as a column by CollegeHumor a year later.[5][6]

Road Rules[edit]

Von gained fame during on Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour for which he was recruited as a 19-year-old college student. After the show ended, Von was harassed by locals in Louisiana.[7] Upset at this reaction when the show ended in 2000, he moved to Los Angeles at age 23.[8] When he moved to Hollywood, talent agents would not give him a chance, viewing him as a reality TV star.[7] It took years to shake the reality TV star image and establish himself as a comedian.[9]

Deal with It[edit]

Von hosted the TBS hidden camera show Deal With It, executive produced by Howie Mandel, for its run of three seasons from 2013 to 2014.[10] Von has also been seen on The Arsenio Hall Show, Hello Ross, Chelsea Lately and Watch What Happens Live.

Allegedly with (podcast)[edit]

In 2015 Von started a weekly podcast with Matthew Cole Weiss called Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss. Two totally opposite friends – comedian Theo Von and filmmaker/journalist Matt Cole Weiss - compete to see who has better “alleged" tales of celebrities, hilarity, trauma, dating, success and failure from their years living in Hollywood.

Appearances in media[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour Himself
2001-2006 Real World/Road Rules Challenge Himself
2005 Bravo's Battle of the Network Reality Stars Himself
2006 Last Comic Standing (season 4) Himself Won the title of Last Comic Downloaded.[11]
2008 America's Prom Queen Himself
2008 Live at Gotham Himself
2008 Reality Bites Back Himself One-season series where a cast of comedians improvise their way through faux reality show episodes. Also, cast were Donnell Rawlings, Bert Kreischer, Amy Schumer, Mo Mandel and Chris Fairbanks. The series was hosted by Michael Ian Black. That same year, Von was a panelist on America's Prom Queen and appeared on season 3 of Live at Gotham.
2012 Yahoo's TV recap show, Primetime in No Time [10] Host Most watched daily show on the internet, replaced former host Frank Nicotero.[10]
2012 The Half Hour Himself
2013 InAPPropriate Comedy Mountain Climber Hit theaters in March 2013.[12]
2013 Deal With It Himself/Host
2013 Inside Amy Schumer Director
2015 Why? With Hannibal Buress Alex
2016 No Offense Himself Released on Netflix February 26, 2016 where he revealed in his younger days he used to work at a door store.[13]
2016–Present This Past Weekend Host Independent podcast where he offers basic life suggestions to men and others in fits of trouble.[14]
2017 30lb Bag of Hamster Bones Himself Released on March 3, 2017. On March 6 it placed #1 on the iTunes Comedy Album charts and #4 on Billboard.[15]



  1. ^ Shapiro 2017
  2. ^ McIntyre, Michael K. (September 13, 2017). "Theo Von brings New Orleans flavor to the Hilarities stage this weekend".
  3. ^ Carolla, Pinsky & Von 2016
  4. ^ Theo Von [@TheoVon] (10 March 2016). "@daliahjbell its true maaa!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Von 2010
  6. ^ Donnelly 2011
  7. ^ a b Lee & Von 2017, p. 41:00
  8. ^ Schulte 2018
  9. ^ Kozell 2016
  10. ^ a b c Deadline Hollywood 2013
  11. ^ Dehnart 2006
  12. ^ "Inappropriate Comedy". Retrieved 2013-09-14.
  13. ^ Netflix 2018
  14. ^ Von 2018
  15. ^ Billboard 2018


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