Von in August 2016
|Birth name||Theodor Capitani von Kurnatowski|
|Born||March 19, 1980|
Mandeville, Louisiana, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, black comedy|
|Subject(s)||Human behavior, human sexuality, American politics, gender differences|
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.
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.
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.
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. Upset at this reaction when the show ended in 2000, he moved to Los Angeles at age 23. When he moved to Hollywood, talent agents would not give him a chance, viewing him as a reality TV star. It took years to shake the reality TV star image and establish himself as a comedian.
Deal with It
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. Von has also been seen on The Arsenio Hall Show, Hello Ross, Chelsea Lately and Watch What Happens Live.
Allegedly with (podcast)
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
|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.|
|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 ||Host||Most watched daily show on the internet, replaced former host Frank Nicotero.|
|2012||The Half Hour||Himself|
|2013||InAPPropriate Comedy||Mountain Climber||Hit theaters in March 2013.|
|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.|
|2016–Present||This Past Weekend||Host||Independent podcast where he offers basic life suggestions to men and others in fits of trouble.|
|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.|
- Shapiro 2017
- McIntyre, Michael K. (September 13, 2017). "Theo Von brings New Orleans flavor to the Hilarities stage this weekend". cleveland.com.
- Carolla, Pinsky & Von 2016
- Theo Von [@TheoVon] (10 March 2016). "@daliahjbell its true maaa!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Von 2010
- Donnelly 2011
- Lee & Von 2017, p. 41:00
- Schulte 2018
- Kozell 2016
- Deadline Hollywood 2013
- Dehnart 2006
- "Inappropriate Comedy". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2013-09-14.
- Netflix 2018
- Von 2018
- Billboard 2018
- Billboard (2018). "30lb Bag of Hamster Bones". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Deadline Hollywood (April 17, 2013). "Theo Von To Host TBS Hidden Camera Show 'Deal With It', Bravo Sets Airdate For 'Princesses: Long Island'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Dehnart, Andy (May 31, 2006). "oad Rules' Theo changes his name, makes it to the second Last Comic Standing round". realityblurred.com. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Donnelly, Mattew Scott (October 18, 2011). "Theo Von of 'Road Rules' ... where is he now". MTV. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Carolla, Adam; Pinsky, Drew; Von, Theo (May 19, 2016). "The Adam and Dr. Drew Show #345". adamanddrdrewshow.com (Podcast). Adam Carolla. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Kozell, Isaac (February 26, 2016). "Out of the Bayou with Theo Von". Splitsider. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Lee, Bobby; Von, Theo (June 22, 2017). "Theo Von & The Peace Meats - TigerBelly 96". TigerBelly (Podcast). YouTube. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Netflix (2018). "No Offense". netflix. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Schulte, Stephanie (February 19, 2018). "How a rough childhood steered Theo Von into stand-up comedy". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Shapiro, Eileen (December 6, 2017). "Interview: Theo Von: "Charmingly Offensive"". HuffPost. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Von, Theo (2010). "CrankTexts.com - Text message conversations with total strangers". cranktexts.com. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Von, Theo (2018). "Theo Von is creating This Past Weekend the Podcast". Patreon. Retrieved March 21, 2018.