Raybon Kan is live stand-up comedy and he regularly tours New Zealand with his own shows.
His sellout live shows from “An Asian at my Table” to “Raybon of the Lost Ark” have won the former lawyer a reputation for thought-provoking comedy. This reputation has spread internationally. Named by Melbourne’s Age newspaper as one of the highlights of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Raybon has also been invited twice to the Olympics of comedy, the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival (1998 and 2001).
As an MC or guest speaker, his hallmarks are sophistication, topicality and warmth. As a debater, he is literally world class: as a student, he led the Victoria University team to 2nd place in the World Universities Debating Championships, pipped by Oxford in the final.
In 1999, two magazines, Metro and North and South, declared Raybon Kan (pronounced Can) Best Comedian. The Metro again awarded him this title in 2005. IN 2005 he made it to no 37 on the Readers Digest Most Trusted New Zealander list. Also famous for the face of the Freedom Air ads and as Test the Nation champ.
In 2002, his comic analysis spiced up TV3’s election night coverage, and he was chosen to judge aspiring comics on TV1’s reality series, 'So You Think You’re Funny'.
Raybon writes a column in the Sunday Star Times, and hosts a dating game show on Newstalk ZB. Raybon has also branched into acting (in feature films “I’ll Make You Happy”, “Tongan Ninja” and "Spooked"), and he is the author of three books.
Raybon hooked the audience in very quickly by focusing on an aspect of the day that had been in the paper. He built a story and humour around that and continued with links to their work. He ... keep readingprovided lots of laughs and a high level of audience engagement. NZ Law Society
The audience loved him. A great choice. We had a great laugh.
Raybon gave a very funny, almost off the cuff performance - very clever and witty. The audience loved it.
The audience found Raybon really funny and enjoyed his pickup line for forestry workers immensely.... Wonderfully entertaining interlude in our Awards dinner. They loved it!
A well-thought-out succession of gags that blended the contemporary, such as embarrassing post-September 11 airport frisking checks, with toe-curling audience participation.