Kurt Schoonraad comes from Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town.
At the age of 10 Kurt Schoonraad fell in love with the stage and joined the Creative School For Speech And Drama. His love of acting and entertaining carried on through High School.
Upon the advice of one of his friends in 1999, Kurt Schoonraad tried out for the Smirnoff Comedy Festival’s New Faces search. He was accepted and performed in their stand up comedy act.
In 2000, Kurt Schoonraad joined the Cape Comedy Collective that gave him the opportunity to figure out his own type of observational humour.
Kurt Schoonraad has performed at many South African festivals that include Oppikoppi, Hermanus Whale Festival and the Cape Town International Comedy Festival.
Kurt Schoonraad then wrote and directed his own show “Punchlines” that ran at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. He has also appeared in various TV shows that include Pieter Dirk Uys’s Evita, Live and Dangerous, Barry Hilton’s Funny You Should Say That and The Phat Joe Show.
Kurt Schoonraad has also many season of the travel show Going Nowhere Slowly.
Kurt Schoonraad is one of South Africa’s most loved comedians, his style of performance and presenting is unique and astounding like the great comedian Bill Cosby. He hosted the 2006 SABC’s summer game show called “The Summer Games.”
Kurt Schoonraad’s genealogy TV documentary series “Who Do You Think You Are?” was premiered in 2009.
Kurt Schoonraad was the sixth comedian to be on the Comedy Central Presents - Live at Parkers in 2012. He has an understanding of the diversity of the rainbow nation of South Africa and its various cultures.
Kurt Schoonraad has gained popularity as an entertainer, facilitator, presenter, and a Master of Ceremonies (MC). He started becoming a comedian at a very young age and went on an undiscovered journey to success. He has the ability to provide an atmosphere of laughter to satisfy his audience that grows from strength to strength.