Aliya Kanani

Where You From, From?

The Toff in Town

Thirty countries, ten schools, six languages (okay, not totally 100%, but who’s counting?)... so, where am I from? Good question.

After a stretch of sold out shows at her debut of Where You From, From? at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, followed by a completely sold out run at Just For Laughs Festival 2019, Canada-based comedian Aliya Kanani is returning to Melbourne to remount her sought-after show! 

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?"

'Aliya was exuberant and… well… funny. An important part of the show and something not to overlook is the improvisation of audience participation, an excellent display of Aliya’s capacity to think quickly on her feet, proving her capacity to talk herself out of any situation… leaving us smiling as she does so.' Pationpics

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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