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Aliya’s First Set
Aliya does her first 5 minutes of stand-up and gets two pro comedians to dissect it.
November 24, 2017

A vague email from a Yahoo user leads to a budding mentorship with Canada’s “King of Comedy”, Aliya performs her first 5-minute set, and the woman responsible for propelling Toronto’s alternative comedy scene into the mainstream gives Aliya some tough love.

Catch some lols at Dawn Whitwell’s weekly show.

Watch the only good phone sex joke ever made by a Canadian comic.

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