Dou­ble bill for Dark Room


Ray­bon Kan qual­i­fies as one of New Zealand com­edy’s el­der states-per­sons. He was a pi­o­neer of Kiwi stand-up be­fore it was fash­ion­able.

Now that com­edy is main­stream, it has per­form­ers like Kan to thank for do­ing much of the ‘‘early lift­ing’’.

‘‘I re­mem­ber feel­ing very un­com­fort­able de­scrib­ing my­self as a co­me­dian - it was like de­scrib­ing my­self as a ‘wiz­ard’. It was a num­ber of years be­fore I could even use the ‘C’ word.’’

Kan said kids these days didn’t think twice about it.

‘‘Now it’s tur­bocharged. You can go on YouTube dur­ing a week­end and watch more stand-up than I’d seen in my life be­fore I started.

‘‘Now, you can binge-watch in­fi­nite hours of clever, in­tel­li­gent, punchy com­edy.’’

Kan will be bring­ing his own in­tel­li­gent and punchy rou­tine to The Dark Room next week in the com­pany of good mate, Nick Rado.

His New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val show Pos­i­tive Pes­simist will be per­formed in tan­dem with Rado’s Live, Laugh, Love in a dou­ble bill they have chris­tened The Au­tho­rised Boot­leg Tour.

‘‘My com­edy com­pass is what makes me an­gry as op­posed to what makes me amused,’’ Kan said.

‘‘Our shows com­ple­ment one an­other well in terms of tone.’’

Both co­me­di­ans es­chew the ex­treme ap­proach to get­ting laughs.

‘‘There are lines you can cross, but it can be more fun to cross them in a sub­tle way. If you go ex­treme shock-fac­tor, gross-out may­hem, it leaves you nowhere else to go be­cause you’ve al­ready been there,’’ Kan said.

Rado’s day-job is head writer for com­edy hit show 7 Days along­side Ben Hur­ley. He writes jokes for Jeremy Cor­bett, and some­times they get used. Much of the hu­mour he said ’’just hap­pens’’.

‘‘A lot of the stuff that makes the show is stuff you can’t write.’’

Rado said his own style was quite dif­fer­ent to 7 Days.

‘‘It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at what’s on trend, things that cou­ples go through - young fam­i­lies, re­dec­o­rat­ing the house...‘‘

The pair play The Dark Room next Tues­day and Wed­nes­day at 7pm en route to Christchurch where they will film the shows as a back-to-back TV spe­cial.


Nick Rado and Ray­bon Kan bring In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val fun to The Dark Room.

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