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Aliya Kanani Where You From, From? (Canada)


Aliya Kanani Where You From, From? (CAN)

Thrty countries, ten schools, six languages (ok, not totally fluently, but who’s counting?)... so, where am I from? Good question.

After selling out her show internationally, including at the Just for Laughs Festival in 2019, Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2019 and FringeWorld in Perth 2020, Canadian Academy Award-nominated actress and comedian, Aliya Kanani, is excited to bring her sought-after show back to Melbourne!

Aliya takes us on a turbulent journey around the world with tales of fitting in, sticking out and standing up. Her pleasant nature, combined with her fiery spirit, leaves you energised and uplifted.

So, how does one find a place of belonging in a place they don’t fit in?

Using humour, Aliya learned to adapt and take up space in her ever-changing surroundings. Constantly moving meant she was always the new kid and an easy target... until she learned the best way to handle a bully is to beat them to the punch! By virtue of circumstance, she developed thick skin and a quick wit.

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! Growing up with this nomadic rhythm contributed to her taste for movement and adventure. Embracing her vagabond lifestyle, naturally she went on to become a flight attendant!

Visiting over 30 countries, Aliya learned life by immersing herself in different cultures, meeting teachers through the people she encountered. Her curious nature meant she sometimes got herself into trouble, but somehow always talked her way out... 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 one question she’s asked every place she’s ever been: “Where you from?”

'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

'Feel connected to humanity through humour. By the end you feel like you could easily watch another hour of her – display her comical wisdom. ★★★★' Fourth Wall 

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! She has been nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards for 2022 Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the award-winning film, Scarborough.

Suitable for audiences 18+

This show contains: Occasional coarse language.


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