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Mark Samual Bonanno is a writer and performer best known for his general silliness within comedy troupe Aunty Donna, one of Australia’s biggest comedic acts who have garnered a huge international audience both live, online and most recently with their smash hit Netflix special, Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun. He also co-wrote/created the six part sitcom Why Are You Like This, for ABC (Australia) and Netflix in 2021. 

Mark’s work has won and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy in 2017, Best of The Fest at Sydney Comedy Festival in 2018, and across the last few years, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble and Best Comedy Web Series at the Melbourne International Web Festival. 

Mark’s work directing Demi Lardner’s 2017 and 2018 stage shows also saw award attention, winning both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director’s Choice Award and Pinder Prize in their respective years, on top of directing “Woah, Alyssa” in 2021 which was nominated for The Golden Gibbo Award (best independent production). 

Say hello to Mark and see what he’s all about on Twitch – he streams weekly at

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