Aunty Donna is an Australian-based sketch-comedy group. Joining YouTube in December of 2011, the channel boasts close to 114,000 followers, with over 13 million views.
The group consists of Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane, Sam Lingham, Max Miller, and Tom Armstrong. Bonanno, Kelly, and Ruane write and act in the sketches, Lingham writes and directs, and Miller and Armstrong design and compose the music and sounds. Together the small team produces some powerfully funny videos.
The type of humor that Aunty Donna incorporates in their sketch videos exaggerates otherwise mundane and normal experiences. For example, the sketch comedy group explores the experience of checking out a pretty woman at a café. Normally, it would be a quick look and nod, but the three actors go off the deep end with how “sneaky” they are, ultimately being the most conspicuous people in the café.
While the channel has a mélange of sketch videos covering various topics, Aunty Donna’s most famous video, “Bikie Wars,” is a musical spoof of a famous Australian show by the same name, which is similar to Sons of Anarchy.
While the show Bikie Wars is a drama and very violent, the spoof satirizes the violence with a very childish, early ‘90s hip hop-style rap. As the description proves, the video provides a very “cheeky” outlook of the popular drama.
While internationally popular online, the troupe also performs around the world at shows. In 2012, their debut show, “Aunty Donna in Pantsuits,” was nominated for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Golden Gibbo Award, and their second show, “Aunty Donna and the Fax Machine Shop,” debuted at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival and won the People's Choice Award.
In 2015, their self-titled live show toured around Australia at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and in Sydney as well as the UK in Dartmouth, Edinburgh, and in London at Soho Theatre.
Most recently in 2016, Aunty Donna created the original ten-part web series “1999” exclusively for YouTube with Screen Australia and Google’s Skip Ahead funding. The troupe also released an exclusive sketch-series, Trendy, for Comedy Central Australia.