Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

16/05/2017 - 20/05/2017

NZ International Comedy Festival 2017

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Negativity has its benefits. Optimism has its dark side. And if you’re going to procrastinate, get in before everyone else.

Award-winning comedian Raybon Kan presents his view through the bottom of a half-empty glass. Enjoy, if you’re into that.

Previous winner of Best Comedian in Metro Magazine and North & South.

“A roller-coaster ride that also provokes some serious thought” – Otago Daily Times


Twitter – @RaybonKan

The Fringe Bar, Wellington
Tue 16 – Sat 20 March 2017
Full Price:  $25
Concession:  $20
Group 5+:  $20
Cheap Wednesday:  $20
*service fee may apply
Wheelchair accessible
Fringe Bar is R18 unless with a parent or legal guardian 

Theatre , Stand-up comedy ,

1 hr

Better than hilarious

Review by Margaret Austin 17th May 2017

I’ve been a fan of Raybon Kan ever since he slipped slyly into view in the early nineteen nineties, ushered in by Tom Scott’s words: “The bastard had me laughing out loud.” 

The laughs are if anything louder, judging by Raybon’s opening night at the Fringe Bar. It’s a packed house, and we hear plaintive calls about the microphone before he’s even onstage.

What is it about Raybon that gives him his edge? Is it because he’s Chinese? No. Is it because he’s now 50? No. Is it because he went to Wellington College? I don’t think so. The usual descriptors of ‘sassy’, bold’, ‘vulnerable’ – although he demonstrates all these – are somehow not enough. 

Perhaps it’s his air of permanent amusement – sometimes bemusement – that sets him apart. I get the impression he’s been vastly amused all his life. 

Whether he’s reporting from the intergenerational war, describing a hypnosis session by skype, or relating a trip to Thailand for dental purposes he’s better than hilarious. 

His promo piece in the Dompost mentions his feminism. I didn’t hear much on this from Raybon – which is just as well. He avoids the common comedian’s resort to sexual innuendo until right at the end. Then because it’s a linguistic take, I don’t take offence. 

He admits to being commitment phobe, and tells us why. 

You don’t need to commit to anyone or anything Raybon. Your vision will do just fine.   


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