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 120 thousand subscribers and 15 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 has been 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. September sees them travel to Los Angeles for their US debut at Largo.
Aunty Donna will return to the festival circuit in 2017 with a brand new show!
- Directors Choice Award, Sydney Comedy Festival 2016
- Best Ensemble Award for ‘1999’, Melbourne Web Fest 2016
- Best Ensemble Sketch Comedy, LA Webfest 2013
- Best Production, LA Webfest 2013
- People’s Choice Award, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012
- Barry Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
- Golden Gibbo, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012
THEATRE (Full Original Shows)
- 2016 – Aunty Donna – New Show
- 2015 – Aunty Donna
- 2014 – Aunty Donna’s World’s Greatest Showbag
- 2013 – Aunty Donna and the Fax Machine Shop: A Murder Mystery (MICF)
- 2012 – Aunty Donna and the Fax Machine Shop: A Murder Mystery (Melbourne Fringe Festival)
- 2012 – Aunty Donna in Pantsuits
THEATRE (Best Ofs and Trial Shows)
- 2014 – Aunty Donna (Edinburgh and Sydney)
- 2013 – Aunty Donna’s Sexy Secret Show
- 2013 – Aunty Donna’s Self-Titled Sydney Debut
Youtube 120 thousand+ subscribers, 15 Million+ views
Facebook 28 thousand+ likes
Twitter 7.2 thousand+ followers
Instagram 10.6 thousand+ followers