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Kurt Schoonraad

Born: 19 June 1973 (49 years old)
Gender: Male

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Kurt Schoonraad is a South African comedian and actor best known for hosting the travel TV show Going Nowhere Slowly.

Kurt was born in District Six, Cape Town and moved to Mitchell's Plain when South Africa's apartheid government forcibly removed families from the District Six area.

Kurt started school at Zonnebloem Primary in District Six, transferred to Duneside Primary in Mitchell's Plain and fell in love with the stage at age 10 when he joined the Creative School Of Speech And Drama.

His love of acting and entertaining continued in High School where he was inspired by his teacher Mr Keston at Rocklands Senior Secondary.

In 1999 one of his friends suggested he try out for the Smirnhoff Comedy Festival's New Faces search. He took their advice and was accepted to perform as part of the festival's stand-up comedy line-up.

In 2000 he joined the Cape Comedy Collective which provided him with the platform of delivering his own brand of observatonal humour. He went to perform his comedy routines at various South African festivals including Oppikoppi Music Festival, the Hermanus Whale Festival and the Cape Town International Comedy Festival.

He followed up on these performances by writing and directing his own show entitled Punchlines which ran at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and also went on to appear in various TV shows.

His TV credits include appearances on Pieter Dirk Uys's Evita, Live And Dangerous, The Phat Joe Show and Barry Hilton's Funny You Should Say That.

He also hosted a season of Comedy Showcase and numerous seasons of the travel show Going Nowhere Slowly, for which he became nationally popularly known.

His most recent live performance has been in his second one-man show called Spiders and Mayonnaise which ran at the Roxy Revue Bar at Grand West Casino in Cape Town during 2006.

He also hosted SABC's 2006 summer gameshow Summer Games.

He was one of the featured celebrities on the first season of the South African version of the genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? (based on the British series of the same name), which premiered on SABC2 in May 2009.

Kurt was the sixth host of the Comedy Central series Comedy Central Presents... Live at Parker's, in 2012.

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