REVIEWS

REVIEWS OF RAYBON’S BOOK AN ASIAN AT MY TABLE

“The bastard had me laughing out loud.
His stuff reads like it came out whole. Not manufactured but born. Typed in one continuous stream of creativity, with no crossings out, errors of amendments. And all the while he maintains an engaging tone that is at once jolly, absolutely fearless and curiously vulnerable. This is the mark of a very special writer.
Many of his observations give shape to things you had dimly perceived yourself and you want to punch the air screaming ‘Yes!!!’ Other observations take your breath away with their comic invention.
Writers with his gifts don’t come along very often.”
TOM SCOTT

“Raybon Kan is very funny. So funny that he makes a living out of it, which is no mean feat. His true worth though, is that he is not only witty but also perceptive and insightful. All his columns are amusing. The best are masterpieces. Some of these pieces are so good that a reader will not only laugh out loud but also annoy anyone else around by reading extracts to them.”
JOANNE BLACK, DOMINION POST 

“This is a very funny book. Kan moves house, talks about his nephew, describes bugs in his bed and delves into GE (albeit a cursory comedic delve.) But he also goes on American Wheel of Fortune, witnesses a triple bypass surgery, drives a rental car into Death Valley, meets the Dalai Lama, and inadvertently, Elle Macpherson. His strength is clearly evident in the fact that whether it’s the next woman in the queue or the next Tibetan holy man in the queue, it all rings real, true and laugh-out-loud funny.”
NICK CHURCHOUSE, DAILY NEWS, Taranaki

“I want to take my hat off to Raybon for making writing humour look so goddam easy. Take it from me, making people laugh is the hardest of all literary arts to master. Raybon does more than that. He gives us something to think about and makes us see all over again the wonderful comedy of life before we tripped on that damned banana.”
WITI IHIMAERA, Author, Whale Rider


REVIEWS OF RAYBON’S STAND-UP COMEDY

“The thinking woman’s comedian… Must-see, nerve-wrenching white-knuckle comedy.” TASH McGILL, AUCKLAND SCENE

“Raybon Kan turned in an excellent performance in front of a full house. Given the free Classical Sparks concert on at the same time, packing them in was no mean feat, and Kan obviously has a large following. It’s easy to see why. He has a ready wit, an engaging personality with bags of charm, and the true comedian’s ability to take the ordinary, the mundane, the unnoticed, and turn it into the bizarre.”
THE PRESS, CHRISTCHURCH

“Comedian Raybon Kan has always been an intelligent and witty commentator on life and all its incongruities. His decision to make the giant leap from the printed page to centre stage some years ago was a daring one. But as he showed last night, he has made live comedy his own. It’s easy to be swept along for a roller-coaster ride that also provokes some serious thought.”
NIGEL BENSON, OTAGO DAILY TIMES

“Kan is an endearing performer, boyish and self-deprecating, yet not in the slightest bit needy. Some of his material is very dark and some is as light as air, and most of it works. A highlight of the festival.”
FIONA SCOTT-NORMAN, THE AGE, MELBOURNE

“That Raybon Kan holds our attention and keeps us laughing for 80 minutes that seem like 40 is a good indication of his talent. He offers extraordinary ways of seeing the ordinary.”
JOHN SMYTHE, NATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW

“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.”
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, HONG KONG

“The new improved bionic-driven Kan – more self-assured and funnier than before. His new confidence also shone through when dealing with the audience. The Opera House isn’t the easiest place to create an intimate relationship but Kan weaved his magic as he paced the stage, never letting an interjection go by without witty rebuttal.”
EVENING POST, WELLINGTON