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.