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Raybon Kan - Funny As Interview

Raybon Kan - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

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Raybon Kan gave up his legal career to become a humorist and stand-up comedian. In this extended Funny As interview he ranges across many topics, including:

  • Deciding to write about television for newspaper The Dominion instead of pursuing his law career
  • Being coaxed into doing an early rudimentary form of stand-up, and then having to go on directly after UK comedian Bill Bailey at his first comedy gala
  • Witnessing the rise of Flight Of The Conchords — and thinking their name was terrible when Bret McKenzie first suggested it
  • The talented writers room on Skitz, which included Jemaine Clement, Cal Wilson, Oscar Kightley and David Fane
  • The instant rewards and addictive nature of his “bad habit”: stand-up comedy
  • His problem with blaming 'political correctness' when jokes don’t get laughs: "You're the pilot. You can't blame the passengers on the plane not landing properly”

This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy. All audiovisual content is copyright to Augusto, and may not be reproduced. Publication of Funny As extended interviews made possible with funding from the NZ Lotteries Grants Board.