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Interview: ‘Aunty Donna’ Deliver Loads of Laughs & Some Well-Deserved Toboggan Talk

Have you met Aunty Donna, yet? If not, you are not alone. But if you are a fan of comedy you definitely you should introduce yourself to their work. That’s right, Aunty Donna is not a single person (well actually – learn more about that story in the interview) they are a comedy team out of Australia who deliver a unique and unpredictable brand of humor many compare to Monty Python. While that surely is a huge compliment, the comedy they produce is more in a category all their own. Their original six-part Netflix sketch series Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun includes parody, satire, clever wordplay, musical numbers, and straight up hilarious.

I had the pleasure to sit down with Aunty Donna members, Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly, and Zachary Ruane for a wild interview that covered everything from Moneyball‘s exercise authenticity and Back to the Future shirts (which, little to my knowledge turn out to be considered offensive in Australia – sorry guys!) to their comedy inspirations, and the upcoming Toboggan Awards (no connection to The Emmys). I was even treated to the serenade of a lifetime – a catchy tune you will have stuck in your head for days. This and much more is covered in one of the most entertainingly off-the-rails interviews I have ever conducted.

AUNTY DONNA’S BIG OL’ HOUSE OF FUN (L to R) MARK SAMUAL BONANNO as MARK, BRODEN KELLY as BRODEN, and ZACHARY RUANE as ZACH in Episode 105 of AUNTY DONNA’S BIG OL’ HOUSE OF FUN Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020


If you are new to them, check out the trailer first. If you are like me, it will only take about 10 seconds to convince you to not only to watch the series, but that these guys are some of the funniest, most creative minds out there. And don’t get me wrong, I am not only saying this just because of the mysterious letter that arrived after the interview, written in cut out magazine letters telling me to do so (although it was crossed out I could make out the signature, “Sincerely your new Australian interview friends, Mark, Zachary and Broden.”)

It is no wonder that they have attracted some of the biggest names in comedy EdEgg” Helms, Kristen Schaal, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Paul F. Thompkins, “Jerry Seinfeld” and even former President Abraham Lincoln.

Please, enjoy my conversation with Mark, Broden and Zachary. After viewing check out their variety sketch series Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun on Netflix. I am sure the one phrase that will stick in your mind will Toboggan-worthy.

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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Screen Radar and Awards Circuit. He has conducted celebrity and red carpet interviews with some of the industry’s biggest names. He is a graduate of RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.
Email: filmsnork@gmail.com

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