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 139 thousand+ subscribers and 19.3 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 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 saw Aunty Donna take it to the next level with their live show they sold out their Comedy Festival shows around Australia & New Zealand (8,837 tickets sold) then followed it up with their first national theatre tour where they sold out prestigious venues such as The Enmore Theatre (Syd), The Athenaeum (Melb) and The Tivoli (Bris) before heading to Edinburgh Fringe for the third time and sold out shows in London (Soho Theatre) and Los Angeles (Largo)
Aunty Donna return to the stage in 2017 with their brand new live show, Big Boys.
2016 Director’s Choice Award, Sydney Comedy Festival
2016 Best Ensemble for ‘1999’, Melbourne Web Fest
2013 Best Ensemble Sketch Comedy, LA Webfest
2013 Best Production, LA Webfest
2012 People's Choice Award, Melbourne Fringe Festival