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Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane
Like many of us, Mark Bonanno – of Australian comedy trio Aunty Donna – let his hair grow out during lockdown. This upset his usual distinctive look of shaved sides, full beard and round glasses. The immediate response online was “vicious”.
Broden Kelly grew a handlebar moustache, for something to do. “Around that time we put up a YouTube video and everyone was like, ‘What the fuck do you think you’re doing?’”
The “everyone” Kelly refers to is Aunty Donna’s massive fanbase: 13,500 highly active community members on Reddit, and 322,000 followers on YouTube, the platform on which the Melburnians hosted their first four web series.
These fans are very loyal, totally obsessed, and liable to be monitoring us right now from the cafe that’s conveniently just opened opposite the office. Guardian Australia would be more discreet about the location, but Aunty Donna have already been terrible at hiding the identity of their brightly painted Brunswick HQ.
“If you look up ‘Aunty Donna’ online, this address comes up,” says Kelly. “And then if you click on street view, we’re actually hanging out of the window, waving.”
The passion of their fans would surely have made it challenging to write the group’s Netflix debut, Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun, which premieres on Wednesday. On the one hand, a Redditor reared on the YouTube sketches might insist (and did): “If Mark’s dad’s massive chode isn’t in the Netflix show I’m going to riot”; on the other, the rest of Netflix’s global audience might find said chode perplexing.
Thankfully, Netflix gave the trio free rein to be as silly and niche as ever.
Aunty Donna found their groove on YouTube in 2012, sandwiched between the genesis of Nat’s What I Reckon (2010) and friendlyjordies (2013). They started a podcast in 2016, and toured solidly – including in the UK and US – before Netflix came knocking.
There are actually six in the team, with composer Tom Armstrong, director/editor Max Miller and writer/live director Sam Lingham, though the trio of Bonanno, Kelly and Zachary Ruane are the faces. They’re very distinguishable faces too, like Hasbro’s Guess Who? made flesh. Ruane rounds out the effect with blue saucer eyes, bushy brows and long jet-black hair.