Aunty Donna's surreal humour still kills on the Netflix platform.
Australia's sketch troupe, Aunty Donna (consisting of Mark Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane) starts off with looking for a roommate. Then in another episode, they go treasure hunting. And in another, they prepare for the Lympics (not the Olympics, mind). I mean, they do a lot of things and nothing they do affects their characters' arc. We're just here for the LOLs.
Here be spoilers…
What we like
The Australian sketch trio has been a comedy force on YouTube. Dwelling in the absurd, the team consisting of Mark Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane (Tom Armstrong, composer, Max Miller, director and editor and Sam Lingham, writer and live director round up the team) have great chemistry; the way they play off each other so effortlessly. The skits hearken to classic sketch troupes like The State, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Monty-
Oh, God. Why am I writing about this when the best way to highlight their genius is to embed a bunch of their work?
You have this quality-level of humour and, thanks to Netflix's monies, that quality is elevated with better production value. If you're a die-hard fan, you'll recognise some of their YouTube sketches repeated in the Netflix series BUT YOU WON'T CARE BECAUSE YOU'RE A DIE-HARD FAN.
And if you're new to Aunty Donna, please enjoy the madness.
What we didn't like
There are only six episodes. That's not even enough to tide us over until the next season of I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.
What to look out for
Guest stars galore. Do you want to see Homelander from The Boys behaving like a human stray? How about the voice of Louise Belcher as the voice of a dishwasher? Or what about Ronny Chieng's best role to date? Egg Helms from The Office?
There is also the two-and-a-half-minute mime by Mark Bonanno for the "Dating" episode is rather impressive.
Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun is out now on Netflix.