Country of Origin: New Zealand
Named Best Comedian by *Metro and *North & South, Raybon is one of New Zealand’s most iconic comedians. *Reader’s Digest *listed him in the 50 Most Trusted Kiwis; and David Hartnell once listed him among NZ’s Top 10 Worst Dressed. Raybon has performed at comedy festivals in Montreal, Edinburgh, and Melbourne, and sold out comedy tours nationwide.
Raybon's career in humour began in newspapers and magazines. While studying law at Victoria University, he won the Dominion Journalism Scholarship, which opened the door to writing a TV column. His humour columns appeared in *The Dominion, *The Listener and *The Sunday Star-Times.
Three books of humour followed: *Five Days in Las Vegas (Daphne Brasell)*,*America *On Five Bullets a Day (Hodder Moa Beckett), and *An Asian at my Table (Penguin). He co-wrote the screenplay for the New Zealand comedy-horror film *Diagnosis: Death, a ghost story set in the world of clinical drug trials.
A quiz addict, Raybon won the TV IQ quiz *Test the Nation three times, and appeared on the American game show *Wheel of Fortune. Raybon’s acting credits include *Spooked (Geoff Murphy), *I’ll Make You Happy (Athina Tsoulis) and *Tongan Ninja and *Diagnosis: Death (Jason Stutter).
Raybon once made a TV documentary about his two-month stint training to be a casino dealer. In TV commercials in NZ and Australia, Raybon was the face of the budget airline, Freedom Air.
A popular after dinner speaker, Raybon was an Ambassador of the Auckland Arts Festival in 2011. On Twitter, his musings can be followed at @RaybonKan.