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 182 thousand+ subscribers and 31 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.
Aunty Donna LIVE had a huge year in 2016, 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. Their show “New show” was filmed at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre for ABC2 and they also headed to the US to make an impressive and well received debut at Largo in Los Angeles. They returned to London & Edinburgh and in June 2017 headed out on their first North American Tour which saw them perform to huge numbers in eleven cities.
2018 is set to be another big year, having already taken on 2 return tours of North America and Canada, debuting their new stage show ‘Glennridge Secondary College’ on the Australian Festival circuit, and most excitingly releasing their first music album ‘The Album’, which dropped in April to rave reviews. Aunty Donna are crossing over all platforms.
Aunty Donna are a true force to be reckoned with.
★★★★ "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 182k+ subscribers, 31 million+ views
Facebook 55k+ likes
Twitter 14.9k+ followers
Instagram 24k+ followers