Theo Von is a stand-up comedian and podcaster with a net worth of $800,000 as of 2022. The mullet wearing comic’s career continues to rise with his wacky sense of humour. More riches is soon to follow!
What makes a man become a stand-up comic? There are many answers, of course, but for Theo Von the pivotal realization came when he began to understand that his relationship with his father would be a little different than other kids growing up.
“My father was seventy when I was born,” Von said. “That made me a stand-up comic.”
Another thing that was different about Von’s father was that he had a lot of names, and so does Theo. Dad was Roland Theodor Achilles von Kurnatowski, while mom was Capitani.
Theo goes by Theodor Capitani von Kurnatowski, and he also has an older brother and two younger sisters, which means dad wasn’t quite done filling up the family pipeline after he and mom had Theo. The age gap doesn’t seem to have hurt Theo at all, though. Getting all those names to fit on a driver’s license or an autofill form may be a tall order.
As his accent and some of his mannerisms quickly reveal, Theo was born and raised on the Bayou. He was raised in Covington, Louisiana, and the now 41-year old Von attended LSU briefly before graduating from the University of New Orleans.
He also did some geographical college-hopping for a while, briefly attending the University of Arizona, the College of Charlton and Santa Monica College, all of which no doubt helped him hone his unique brand of observational comedy.
His transition from reality star to star comic was tricky, however. Von broke out when he was 19, landing a lead role on MTV’s Road Rules: Maximum Velocity. Other reality show gigs quickly followed—The Real World, The Challenge, The Gauntlet, The Battle of the Sexes II and Fresh Meat.
Moving on Up
The name of that last show explains in part the problem Theo had crossing over into comedy. To some extent he was stereotyped as a reality show hunk, but things began to change when he appeared on “The Last Comic Standing” and became a fan favorite.
His anchor work also tilted him toward comedy. He was the host of “Prime Time in No Time,” and he hosted the TBS show “Deal With It,” which was a hidden-camera comedy gig. He then worked his way up the comedy ladder slowly, making appearances on shows like “Inside Amy Schumer” and Why? with Hannibal Burress.
Interestingly, Von has displayed virtually no interest in acting. He sees himself as a comic, although he did script a three-episode comedy show called “Man Up” that was released on Comedy Central in 2018.
He’s currently best-known as the host of his own Netflix series, “Theo Von: Regular People,” but his fans definitely wouldn’t be surprised by a breakout move that spreads his name and his brand of observational comedy even further.
Von has been beyond coy about his dating life. He was rumored to be dating former soccer star Brandi Chastain, but those rumors have cooled down considerably, and Von won’t cop to any other past girlfriends or current love interests.
He was so coy that there were actually rumors that Von might be gay, but he has shot those down thoroughly and completely.