Ray Badran – Live at The Vault 28/04/2017
Review by Wal Reid

He’s unabashedly Aussie, comes with a credible comedy c.v. and is rather laid back as he approaches the stage with a beer in hand – Badran looks as if he’d have no trouble assimilating to the Kiwi Lifestyle, under current ‘CER’ policy.

In fact, Ray Badran looks as he he’d have no trouble fitting into your group of friends, albeit with that ‘nasally’ twang which he reckons Ray is the ‘worst name to have’ with his speech impediment.Like most typical 30

Like most typical 30 plus year olds he hits the right note with the male Kiwi (and the odd female) demography with his candid rants about ‘pornos’, being ‘banned’ from Ebay, and assuming another identity at his local cafe.

Badran’s material is heavily skewed towards the male populous however there are some comical moments in his 60-minute show that touches on the human element; it’s a side to many that most will connect with, even Toblerone chocolate doesn’t escape unscathed.

The evening was highlighted with anecdotal stories and jokes which Badran appreciated trying on the crowd, the Sydney comic finding time to write about everyday things mostly revolving around his apartment and his copious amount of ‘spare time’.

The Australian comic worked his way through the show mostly unperturbed, however at times looked slightly aloof, the transition between stories not as seamless as his ability to talk up the crowd, however, Badran pulled it back when it mattered, leaving the audience with smiles on their faces.

Ray is playing tonight at The Vault, Q Theatre at 10 pm, if semi-gutter-humour and real life stories from an Aussie Male perspective ‘float your boat’ then tonight’s your last chance to see one of Australia’s top models (not as in fashion).

Ray Badran plays tonight at The Vault, Q Theatre, NZ International Comedy Festival 10 pm. You can purchase tickets here.

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