Thirty countries, ten schools, six languages (okay, not totally 100%, but who’s counting?)... so, where am I from? Good question.
With her internationally SOLD-OUT show, including the 2019 Just for Laughs festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 2020 Fringe World Perth, Canada-based comedian, Aliya Kanani, is bringing her show back to Melbourne by popular demand!
Aliya takes you on a turbulent journey around the world with tales of fitting in, sticking out and standing up. Her captivating story is unique, yet relatable. Aliya’s pleasant nature, combined with her fiery spirit, leaves audiences feeling energised and uplifted.
'While her "otherness" is the central theme of the conversation in Where You From, From?, the heart of Kanani's show is in forming a "togetherness" with the room and her audience... ensuring the audience always has plenty to laugh at and plenty to bond over.' My Melbourne Arts
How does one find a place of belonging in a place they don’t fit in? Using humour, Aliya learned not only how to adapt to any situation, but how to take up space in the ever-changing backdrop that was her life. Always the new kid in school, Aliya was certainly an easy target... until she learned the only way to really deal with a bully was to bully them back! By virtue of circumstance, she developed thick skin and a quick wit.
From a young age, Aliya relocated with her family from one Canadian city to the next, and when they ran out of places to move... they went to Africa! This nomadic lifestyle gave her a taste for travel and adventure, one she couldn't shake. So naturally, she became a flight attendant!
Travelling the world gave Aliya the chance to experience even more cultures and meet new people. Her curious nature meant she sometimes got herself into trouble, but somehow always managed to talk her way out of it. How? Usually by making people laugh... sometimes without even speaking their language!
After all her roaming, Aliya still can’t figure out how to answer the basic question she’s asked everywhere she goes: "Where you from?"
'This performance builds to a beautiful climax that makes you want more. By the end you feel like you could easily watch another hour of her – display her comical wisdom. ★★★★' Fourth Wall Media
Known for her playful and mischievous personality, Aliya has appeared on StandUp NBC-New York, SiriusXm’s Top Comic, JFL42, CBC and toured though Canada, USA and Australia!
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