Entertainment Hive 2020

Aunty Donna brings on the laughs

Aunty Donna is embarking on its biggest tour ever in 2017 and the lads will be hitting Adelaide’s Arts Theatre for the Fringe on March 9 and 10. Performing their little plays, clever dances, and goofy characters, Big Boys will make its debut at the Brisbane Comedy Festival in March, before heading to the Adelaide Fringe, and the Melbourne, Sydney and Perth comedy festivals – and that’s just for starters. 2016 proved to be an absolutely massive year for Aunty Donna who promptly sold out every state it visited. A creative collective, the Donnas actually number 6: actor/writers Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane, writer/director Sam Lingham, film director/editor Max Miller, and sound designer/composer Tom Armstrong. Together they’ve mastered their unique brand of surreal, fast paced, alternative sketch. Their online presence is huge. Their YouTube channel has garnered over 130 thousand+ subscribers and 17.5 million+ views. In 2016 they created the award-winning 1999 an original web series exclusively for YouTube thanks to Screen Australia and Google’s Skip Ahead funding, Trendy commissioned by Comedy Central and a TV Series pilot for ABC iView and Screen Australia as part of the Fresh Blood Comedy Initiative. Most recently streaming service Stan announced new original productions for 2017 including Aunty Donna’s Chaperones. Here Zach Ruane answers our Fringe Funny Five questions in his truly hilarious (lol) style. Describe your Fringe show in five words. “You will lol hopefully. Sketch.’’ When is the last time you really laughed? “I love to lol (that's short for laugh out loud, for all the less tech savvy readers out there). I try to lol AT LEAST three times a day. To answer your question though, the last big lol I did was on February of last year.’’ What song makes you happy and why? “I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I love lol-ing. I just love a good lol. So I would say any song about lols, or made to make one lol, would have to be the answer.’’ What should everyone try at least once in their lives and why? “Um, they should probably have a lol at least once. I like to lol at least three times a day. But if you've never lol- ed at all, then I recommend you try to lol at least once.’’ If you could write a horoscope for your time at the Adelaide Fringe 2017, what would it say... “Artistic activities or those involving lols are enhanced over this period. Whatever you lol about is going to be more a part of your very being than it would be at other times. Love, art, spiritual or lol activities - all should take on a new meaning for you at this time. These lols should last for a long time. Make the most of these lols now and your lols should continue to grow.’’ Aunty Donna’s, Adelaide Fringe, Arts Theatre, March 9 & 10. Bookings: www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix  or 1300 621 255 
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