Raybon’s been named one of the 50 Most Trusted Kiwis by Reader’s Digest; and one of NZ’s Top 10 Worst Dressed by David Hartnell. He’s even been in the running for Spectacle Wearer of the Year!
Raybon has performed at major comedy festivals such as Montreal’s Just for Laughs (twice), Edinburgh and Melbourne, where The Age declared his show ‘Dazed and Confucius’ one of the festival highlights. He has sold out comedy tours nationwide.
Raybon’s TV work includes a documentary in which he trained intensively for two months to be a casino croupier. He was the spokes-comic of the budget airline Freedom Air, in TV commercials in both NZ and Australia. He also fronted humorous commercials for a bank called Freedom Finance (no relation to the airline.) Drawn to quizzes, he was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune in America, and he won TVNZ’s Test the Nation three times, and believes he should have won The Great NZ Spelling Bee. He’s acted in TV sketches and movie cameos, for directors including Geoff Murphy, and for a while he was the film critic on TV3’s Nightline.
A popular after dinner speaker, Raybon also performs as an MC for awards ceremonies, conferences and corporate events at the highest levels. Raybon’s hosted the advertising industry’s Axis Awards, the CAANZ Media Awards, the Netguide Web Awards, and the red-carpet world premiere of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Before turning to stand-up, Raybon honed his comedy in print, as a columnist, in such publications as the Listener and Sunday Star Times. His books include America on Five Bullets a Day (Random House), and the bestselling An Asian at my Table (Penguin). Currently he writes a column in the New Zealand Herald.
Raybon studied law at Victoria University, graduating with honours, and gaining admission to the Bar. His legal research was published in the New Zealand Law Journal. A champion debater, he led Victoria University’s team to second place in the World Debating Championships, losing the final to Oxford. As a student, he also won the NZ Universities Impromptu Speaking Competition.
Raybon is a fabulous MC, after dinner speaker, comedian and debater.
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