Aunty Donna are an award winning Australian comedy group producing and performing live shows and videos, with a YouTube channel reaching over 181,000 subscribers with over 30 million views. Creating everything themselves, Aunty Donna are 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. Together they bring Aunty Donna’s wildly entertaining style of comedy to life.
On April 6, 2018, Aunty Donna released their first album, Aunty Donna: The Album, and they have released music videos for several of the songs on the album including “Professor Whiskers,” “War Isn’t Cool,” and “Best Day of My Life.” The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and other major retailers. All of the music videos are available on Aunty Donna’s YouTube page.
In June 2018, Aunty Donna will tour theaters across the eastern half of North America featuring their new show, Aunty Donna: Big Boys. The Donnas brought Big Boys to the western half of North America in February and toured Big Boys to critical acclaim through Australia and New Zealand with a two week run at The Edinburgh Festival and a four night sold-out run at The Leicester Square Theatre in London. The show earned the group a 2017 Helpmann Award nomination for Best Comedy Performer (the Australian equivalent to the Tony Awards).
In June & July 2017, Aunty Donna made their first North American tour of theatres featuring their hit show, Aunty Donna – New Show. The North American tour concluded with a critically acclaimed three-night run at The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, before running for two weeks at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and running for four sold-out nights at The Leicester Square Theatre in London.
With a unique brand of surreal, fast paced, alternative sketch, Aunty Donna exploded onto the Melbourne comedy scene in 2012 with Aunty Donna in Pantsuits. Their debut show was nominated for the illustrious Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Golden Gibbo Award and they won the 2012 People's Choice Award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
The Donnas went on to produce a new show each year since including: Aunty Donna and the Fax Machine Shop: A Murder Mystery (2013); Aunty Donna’s World’s Greatest Showbag (2014); Aunty Donna (2015); Aunty Donna – New Show (2016); and Aunty Donna – Big Boys (2017). They won the Best Ensemble Sketch Comedy and the Best Production at the 2013 LA Webfest; the 2016 Director’s Choice Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival; the 2016 Best Ensemble at the Melbourne Web Fest; and were nominated for The Comics Choice Award at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In addition to the live shows, Aunty Donna’s online presence is massive. Video projects include the award winning original web series, 1999, 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 Australian streaming service, Stan, announced new original productions for 2017 including Chaperones written by and starring Aunty Donna. Last spring, the Donnas released the web series, Ripper Aussie Summer, on YouTube.