So the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is continuing on with the lols and we had some very good shows getting some awesome attention. At this half-way point, so many acts are looking to change styles, evoking a kind of journey with their careers each and every year. Aunty Donna likes to change things up to keep things fresh – hence the name New Show, but then sometimes they change something up again and find themselves at the beginning again. Which is pretty much okay I suppose with all that newness and all that stuff. They’re good at it, so why complain folks?
We decided to ask them five quick questions ahead of their MICF show.
What do you personally find enlightening about comedy today?
Probably the house lights. Most comedy venues have them these days, which is pretty fantastic and very enlightening when trying to find your seats, especially when there is allocated seating like in some of the much bigger venues! Remember the old days without house lights!? Not every enlightening at all! The darkness allowed for a lot more murders.
How much has your performance changed since last year’s comedy festival?
All of it. We started out wanting to do the exact same show as last year, but realised pretty quickly that people had already seen that show. So we changed half the show and got a lot of complaints because people had already seen half of the show. We needed to make a change, so we went back to not changing the show at all and that just made people ever madder, their main complaint being that they’d already seen this show. Eventually we settled on changing the whole show, and audiences have been quick to point out that last year’s show was far better and they’d prefer we just did that again.
If you were to allowed to perform in any other public place other than a comedy venue or theatre, what would that place be? Describe the surrounds…
I’d love to perform in a Dank Meme. Dank Meme’s rule! It’d be hard but technology is moving fast these days. The surrounds would be dank and hilarious to some, but above some people heads depending on the reference or meme.
What message are you hoping audiences come away with after they see your show?
That sketch is just lots of little plays in a row, and no matter what you do, that will always be stupid.
Aunty Donna’s New Show is playing at various venues up until April 15 as part of the Melbourne International COmedy Festival. For more info on where they’ll be performing and links to tickets, check out their comedy festival page.