THIRTY countries, TEN schools and SIX languages (okay, not totally fluently, but who’s counting?).
After a recent run of sold-out shows at the 2019 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Canada-based comedian, Aliya Kanani, is excited to continue touring her show around the word to see how humour can translate across cultures!
Next up, Fringe World 2020 in Perth, Western Australia!
Aliya takes audiences on a turbulent journey around the world with tales of fitting in, sticking out and standing up. Her joyful nature, combined with her fiery spirit, leaves audiences feeling energized 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, 2019
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 more strangers. 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 can’t figure out how to answer the basic question she’s asked everywhere she goes: 'Where you from?'
Known for her playful and mischevious personality, Aliya has appeared on StandUp NBC, SiriusXm’s Top Comic, CBC and Zoofest-Just for Laughs Festival.
“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, 2019