Aunty DonnaThere’s a bunch of Aussie comics at the Edinburgh Fringe this year and some of the work average, some great and then you have Aunty Donna’s three boys. Let’s be clear there are no women in this crazy romp through this surrealistic subversion of comedy tropes – it’s all men. Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane and Mark Samual Bonanno are idiotic, testosterone-driven and the fact remains, undeniably smart in creating worlds of parody.

From their very first sketch with the hipster barista they have the party pumping – great music, fabulous physicality and it just doesn’t stop. Men fight like kangaroos, fathers and sons kiss each other ways that are delicious and irreverent, maybe illegal too; there is popcorn flung out from amongst the audience (because after all every show needs a distracting audience member to cause an upheaval) and of course, the world’s very first loose-rope walker clambers over audience members.

And audience participation in this show is the best ever. Because it takes all of three seconds on stage.

Some sketches are better than others, the highly sexualised banter about the beautiful woman in the back row topples all the stereotypes of locker-room chit chat and the gay tirade is short, sharp and smart.

Of course, there’s plenty of wild gesticulating, stomping, writhing, great ditties that involve incredible amounts of violence and to cap it off: there’s Ellen Degeneres.

If there was a flaw to this very tight, excellent night of comedy I would be to include in a show called Aunty Donna an aunty like Ellen. To include a very long and very drawn-out conversation with somebody who has been going through a ‘hard time’ and inevitably travels around the world in nano-seconds only to end up with three Fiat Pontiacs is a bit of a let-down. Especially at the expense of high pitched screaming and a lot of repetition. And the fact the show doesn’t air in the UK doesn’t help either – a slightly disappointing end to a fabulous show.

Definitely one of the best comedy acts at the Edinburgh Fringe.


Aunty Donna

Venue: Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) ​| Edinburgh UK ​
Date: 25 Aug 2014

Part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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