In 2012, Aunty Donna exploded onto the Melbourne comedy scene with a unique brand of surreal, fast paced, alternative sketch. Their debut show Aunty Donna in Pantsuits was nominated for the illustrious Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Golden Gibbo Award, and the Donna’s have since gone on to create an award winning YouTube channel, garnering over 153 thousand+ subscribers and 22 million+ views.
Having met throughout high-school and their time at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, Aunty Donna are a collective of creative cats dedicated to bringing the funny across all mediums: actor / writers Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane, writer / director Sam Lingham, film director / editor Max Miller and sound designer / composer Tom Armstrong all come together to bring Aunty Donna’s wildly entertaining style of comedy to life.
Aunty Donna’s online presence is massive, they developed award winning ‘1999’ an original web series exclusively for YouTube thanks to Screen Australia and Google’s Skip Ahead funding, ‘Trendy’ commissioned by Comedy Central and a TV Series pilot for ABC iView and Screen Australia as part of the Fresh Blood Comedy Initiative. Most recently the popular TV channel Stan announced new original productions for 2017 including ‘Chaperones’ written by and starring Aunty Donna.
2016 was the year of Aunty Donna LIVE, they played to sell out audiences at Comedy Festivals and their own debut national tour in Australia and New Zealand, then headed to London and Edinburgh for the second time to packed houses. In September they travelled to Los Angeles for their US debut at Largo which sold out and paved their way for an exciting US Tour for 2017.
Aunty Donna are currently touring the Festival Circuit with a brand new show entitled 'Big Boys' hitting up all the major Australian and New Zealand Cities. June will see them heading over to do a whole heap of shows in the USA and Canada before returning to Edinburgh and London in August. Keep an eye on here and on the official Facebook page for more touring news!
★★★★ "They're funny as hell." - Herald Sun
★★★★★ "... High energy absurdity and side-splitting ridiculousness." - The Music
★★★★★ "... Do whatever it takes to get tickets to this show." - Vulture Culture
"A national treasure in the making." - Rip It Up
Youtube 153k+ subscribers, 22 million+ views
Facebook 45k+ likes
Twitter 10.4k+ followers
Instagram 16.2k+ followers