by Savas Abadsidis on 2012-06-19
Theo Von is one of the funniest guys across virtually every form of media today. He currently hosts Yahoo!’s popular daily recap show “Primetime in No Time.” One of the most-watched shows on the web, “Primetime in No Time” averages over one million views a day. His installment of “The Half Hours” premiered on Comedy Central on June 1st. Theo is also a contributing writer for Laughspin.com and the genius behind CrankTexts.com, a website where he texts random numbers and gets into conversations with total strangers. Theo has been entertaining TV audiences since 1999 when he captured hearts as the loveable 19-year-old Southerner on The Real World/Road Rules Challenge franchise. In 2003, the Louisiana native traded in endurance challenges for the comedy stage and never looked back. Since then the multi-talented standup, host, and writer has been blowing away critics and fans with his unique brand of refined deep-southern comedy. Later this summer he will be featured at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Theo gave his Escape Republic his unique take.
What is your favorite place to escape to when you have an opportunity?
South Africa is my favorite country to visit. (chuckles) The library is my favorite regular place to go to. Its quiet and chill and you meet smart people there!
What are three essential items you must have when traveling?
Sunglasses; money; passport; camera; stamps and postcards. I'm a bit of a postcard junky. Gotta send em to all the peeps who cant be there with me.
If you crash landed on a deserted isle, what are 5 things you couldn't live without (Provided you had food and water)?
A hot girl, a nice girl, my iPhone, ESPN, and a dance floor.
How did you get into stand-up?
I was on a scholastic voyage called Semester at Sea and they had an open mic on the ship where people would stand up and tell stories. My stories ended up being funny and so that's how it started.
Who are your biggest influences?
My brother, Chris Rock. Richard Pryor, Eminem. Lil' Wayne. Thugs. Hillbillies.
Who are you favorite comics?
I find something to like in everyone unless they a complete scrub
What elements go into the best stand-up?
Just do what you like to do best. It's a very personal sport. It's like masturbation for your soul and thought