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ARIA Award Nominees Aunty Donna exploded onto the Melbourne comedy scene in 2012 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 241 thousand+ subscribers and 44 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 before moving onto television with ‘Trendy’ the first piece of local content commissioned by Comedy Central Australia and a pilot for ABC as part of the Fresh Blood Comedy Initiative. They also filmed their first Live Special at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre for ABC as part of their Comedy Next Gen series.

On the live side of things 2016 & 2017 were breakthrough years for Aunty Donna, they played to sold out crowds on the Australian & New Zealand Comedy Festival circuits before embarking on their first national solo tour.

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 has to be their biggest year yet, 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 and has earned them an ARIA Award nomination for Best Comedy Release. Aunty Donna are crossing over all platforms.


Youtube 241 thousand+ subscribers, 44 Million+ views
Facebook 80 thousand+ likes
Twitter 18.1 thousand+ followers                
Instagram 39.7 thousand+ followers


  • Best Show, Sydney Comedy Festival 2018
  • 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

Award Nominations

  • Best Comedy Release, ARIA Award Nomination 2018
  • Best Comedy Performer, Helpmann Awards  2017
  • Barry Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
  • Golden Gibbo, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012

Shows (Full Original Shows)

  • 2018 – Aunty Donna – Glennridge Secondary College
  • 2017 – Aunty Donna – Big Boys
  • 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

Shows (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
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