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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.

Theo Von
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Von in August 2016
Birth nameTheodor Capitani von Kurnatowski
Born (1980-03-19) March 19, 1980 (age 39)
Covington, 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


Early lifeEdit

Theo Von was born Theodor Capitani von Kurnatowski to Gina Capitani and Roland von Kurnatowski Sr. His father was originally from Nicaragua, and was 70 years old when Theo was born.[2] He grew up in Covington, Louisiana with his older brother and two younger sisters, all of whom currently reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Von was legally emancipated at age fourteen.[3]

Von graduated from Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University for a time, as well as Loyola University New Orleans, University of Arizona, College of Charleston, and Santa Monica College.[4] Von received his undergraduate degree in 2011from the University of New Orleans.[5][6]


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.[7][8]

Road RulesEdit

Von gained fame 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.[9] Upset at this reaction when the show ended in 2000, he moved to Los Angeles at age 23.[10] When he moved to Hollywood, talent agents would not give him a chance, viewing him as a reality TV star.[9] It took years to shake the reality TV star image and establish himself as a comedian.[11]

Deal with ItEdit

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.[12] 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.

The King and The Sting (podcast)Edit

In December 2018, Theo Von and comedian Brendan Schaub started a new podcast called The King and The Sting. At the podcast's release, The King and The Sting debuted #1 on the iTunes Podcast charts in the United States and also reached the top charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Australia.[13]

Personal LifeEdit

Appearances in mediaEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour Himself
2002 Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons Himself
2003-2004 Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet Himself
2004-2005 Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes 2 Himself
2005 Battle of the Network Reality Stars Himself
2006 Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat Himself
2006 Last Comic Standing Himself Won the title of most Comic Downloaded.[14]
2008 America's Prom Queen Himself Panelist.
2008 Live at Gotham Himself Season 3
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.
2012 Yahoo's TV recap show, Primetime in No Time [12] Host Most watched daily show on the internet, replaced former host Frank Nicotero.[12]
2012 The Half Hour Himself
2013 InAPPropriate Comedy Mountain Climber Hit theaters in March 2013.[15]
2013 Deal With It Himself/Host
2015 Why? With Hannibal Buress Alex
2016 Acting Out Himself
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.[16]
2016–Present This Past Weekend Host Independent podcast where he offers basic life suggestions to men and others in fits of trouble.[17]
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.[18]
2018–Present The King and The Sting Himself Released on December 26, 2018.[19]
2019 Hot Ones Himself



  1. ^ Shapiro 2017
  2. ^ McIntyre, Michael K. (September 13, 2017). "Theo Von brings New Orleans flavor to the Hilarities stage this weekend".
  3. ^ Road Rules S09E01 Walking on the Wind, retrieved 2019-08-18
  4. ^ Staff, OC Weekly- (2010-06-10). "Theo Von". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  5. ^ a b Times-Picayune, Dave Walker, NOLA com | The. "Theo Von gets his own Comedy Central standup showcase". Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  6. ^ "Alumni Spotlights - Theo Von". Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  7. ^ Von 2010
  8. ^ Donnelly 2011
  9. ^ a b Lee & Von 2017, p. 41:00
  10. ^ Schulte 2018
  11. ^ Kozell 2016
  12. ^ a b c Deadline Hollywood 2013
  13. ^ " 'King and the Sting' by Brendan Schaub & Theo Von (American Podcasts iTunes Chart)". Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  14. ^ Dehnart 2006
  15. ^ "Inappropriate Comedy". Retrieved 2013-09-14.
  16. ^ Netflix 2018
  17. ^ Von 2018
  18. ^ Billboard 2018
  19. ^ " 'King and the Sting' by Brendan Schaub & Theo Von (American Podcasts iTunes Chart)". Retrieved 2019-07-09.


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