Raybon Kan and Tash McGill think rape and the Holocaust are just *hilarious*

Raybon Kan cracked some undoubtedly hilarious jokes about rape in his International Comedy Festival show.  So hilarious that some people apparently reached their annual quota of laughs and had to leave before they got billed for having too much fun.

At least, that’s the impression you’d get from Tash McGill, allegedly a person who works in brand strategy and communications, who wrote a review of the show.  A review which says things like:

Despite his boyish look and earnest manner as he paces the stage, Kan handled the crowd, the interjections and the slightly awkward moment with aplomb, despite that it threatened to overtake the show. He handled it so well, you could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the walk-out was in fact, a stage-out!

Gooooooods, it’s so funny when people pay to be entertained and end up getting so triggered they have to leave.  But you know, Tash understands:

Kan can’t (hehe, snigger) help but rattle the cages of the most conservative with his poignant observations of the human race.

Emphasis mine.  For starters, LOL HIS NAME IS FUNNY ‘CAUSE IT’S FOREIGN, TEE HEE I MADE A PUN.  Secondly, “most conservative”?  You think the “most conservative” people in this country even go to shows fronted by people of non-white descent?

Suffice to say, some people were pretty unimpressed with the show’s content, and expressed such on Twitter, that modern direct line to the brave and important, that wonderful feedback channel which I’m sure a communications professional like Ms McGill understands the value of.

But don’t worry, peeps – I’m sure Raybon can take the criticism.  After all, whenever things like this come up we hysterical women usually get patted on the head and told “there there, it’s just a joke” – why, Ms McGill says almost exactly that in her review!  She even points out how innocuous Raybon’s comedy is:

It all started with a seemingly innocuous tweet amongst hundreds, when the master transport plan for Auckland (hehe, snigger) failed on the opening night of the Rugby World Cup

… I guess Ms McGill overran her word count there (too many snide parentheticals?) because I’m sure she would otherwise have hated for us to miss out the full glory of that little incident:

“Maybe Adidas should run Auckland public transport. Nice German company. They should know how to load thousands onto trains,” he tweeted.

IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE THEY DIED.  So you know, it’s all just a laugh, we should stop taking things so seriously, right?

But wait … it looks like Raybon has blocked me, along with other people, including audience members, who dared question his hilarity on Twitter.

Gosh, Raybon.  It was just a jokeGet a sense of humour.

And Ms McGill?  Try writing a review which isn’t one naff excuse after another for contemptible bullshit.  Maybe if you attend some more comedy shows you’ll figure out that “religion, sex and politics” is pretty standard fare for funny people on stage, and heaps of them don’t feel the need to laugh about sexual assault.

t all started with a seemingly innocuous tweet amongst hundreds, when the master transport plan for Auckland (hehe, snigger) failed on the opening night of the Rugby World Cup

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5 comments

  1. ludditejourno

    I went to see Raybon Kan a couple of years ago and loved his take on racism in New Zealand – he was sharp and edgy and made this Pakeha squirm with recognition.
    Then he went on to make “jokes” about trafficking children for sex. “Jokes” which placed himself and other men as enthusiastic consumers of children for sex.
    I am so sick to death of male comedians who are brave in other places but fall back on those old staples, misogyny and rape, to make sure the audience knows they are good blokes really. Tedious. I would never pay money to see him again. And I don’t know when I was last called conservative about anything…..

    • QoT

      I am so sick to death of male comedians who are brave in other places but fall back on those old staples, misogyny and rape, to make sure the audience knows they are good blokes really.

      Exactly. And add to that, it’s hardly original or cutting-edge to make the same old jokes about assault or fat people or “take my wife, please”. If you’re going to pay for a show you at least want value for your money, not 2 hours of (as Tove said on Twitter) “the comedy of the Herald online comments section”.

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