Who is Theo Von?
Born March 19th 1980 in Covington Louisiana, Theo Von, also known by his full name of Theodor Capitani von Kurnatowski is an American stand-up comedian, actor, podcaster and television personality best known for his popular podcast called ‘This Past Weekend” and Netflix Special “No Offense”. His rise to prominence started after taking part in MTV reality game show called ‘The Challenge’ where his journey has since been remarkable.
Theo Von’s Early Life and Education
Von was born to Roland Theodor Achilles von Kurnatowski and Gina Capitani, with his father being of Polish descent and his mother of German and French ancestry. Theo was raised in a working-class family where both his father, who worked as a pipefitter, and mother were teachers.
For his education, Von attended Mandeville High School and later pursued his tertiary education in six different universities. These institutions include Louisiana State University, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of Arizona, College of Charleston and College of Santa Monica – before eventually graduating with his BA degree from University of New Orleans in Human Behavior in 2011.
Roland von Kurnatowski Sr: Theo’s Father
Roland Theodor Achilles von Kurnatowski Sr. was a native of Bluefields, Nicaragua, and worked as a mahogany farmer before moving to the United States. Born in 1910, he was 70 years old when his son Theo was born in 1980. Roland passed away in 1996, and Theo often mentions in his acts and interviews how he wished he’d known his father better.
Gina Capitani: Theo’s Mother
Gina Capitani, Theo’s mother, is of German and French descent. Along with Roland, she raised Theo and his siblings in a loving, stable home despite financial struggles. As a school teacher, Gina played a crucial role in nurturing Theo’s academic and creative pursuits.
Career Highlights and Achievements of Theo Von
Von’s career in entertainment began with his participation in MTV’s Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour. His success in the reality game show The Challenge, formerly known as Real World/Road Rules Challenge, gave him national recognition.
Stand-up Comedy and TV Shows
Von’s foray into stand-up comedy began in his native Louisiana. His humor and unique comedic style soon saw him earning the title of Fan Favourite in 2006 during the fourth season of Last Comic Standing, marking one of his early significant comic successes.
As a television personality, Von hosted the popular Yahoo online TV review program Primetime in No Time in 2011 and the TBS series Deal With It: Hidden Camera. He also launched a three-episode written comedy series, Man Up, on Comedy Central in 2018.
Podcasts and Film Career
Von’s voice is well known in the podcast world. He launched his first podcast, The Comedy Sideshow, in April 2011. His current podcast, This Past Weekend, launched in December 2016, enjoys immense popularity among audiences.
Von’s film career saw a notable achievement when he joined the cast of the high-profile movie The Tomorrow War in August 2019. His other film credits include the film “Arms and the Dudes” with Jonah Hill and Miles Taylor.
Awards and Recognition
Theo Von’s journey in the world of comedy and entertainment has been marked with notable accolades. He was a finalist on the NBC comedy competition show “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. In 2012, he filmed his own Comedy Central half-hour special and released his first hour-long Netflix comedy special titled “No Offense” in 2019.
Von has performed extensively across the US in comedy clubs, theaters and festivals – solidifying his place within stand-up comedy. Television appearances include shows like ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Joe Rogan Experience” and “Workaholics”.
All these achievements demonstrate Theo Von’s singular comedic style and hard work have allowed him to establish an outstanding place for himself within comedy. His journey is a testament to his talent, perseverance, and the loving upbringing of his parents, Roland and Gina.