MICF Review: Aunty Donna’s Big Boys is some damn good sketch (performances until April 23rd)

What can be said about an Aunty Donna show that is negative? Nothing much really. The troupe are truly at the top of their game after years and years of sketch shows and Youtube antics and they do it without any grand pomp or ceremony.

The comedy from Zack, Mark and Broden genuinely glow on stage like some mastery of sketch from the past. There’s be no point in comparing them to anyone though because the trio is just unique in their own way. Producing sketches that are wild but organic. They find the funny in the real situations that just happen in the day to day life of you and me – awkwardness, weirdness bumpiness as life is, they do it.

While there is a wildness to the trio’s show, there is not too much miss-stepping. The boys genuinely get their show down pat to the extreme. Ninety- five percent of the show runs like clockwork while the other five percent are simply either technical or small blunders. A mic not working for a small period in the show didn’t hinder things too much, and a sketch about a coin seemed to be placed weirdly. But that really was it among the exuberant show

There is a nice electric atmosphere which is spurred on by rap battles, air drumming and assistance and a slick amount of well-rehearsed production values where no light cue was missed, and not many lines were fluffed.

And while there was some truly baffling stuff in Big Boys too – DJ Tom Armstrong saying one word which in turn got a standing ovation being one of them – the energy in the room is such that you can’t just simply watch on and stare at everyone around you standing and applauding.

Aunty Donna are amazingly energetic and should be applauded for the simple hard work which went into Big Boys. Laughing at their jokes is a bonus.

Aunty Donna’s Big Boys is on at Max Watt’s until April as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. More info here.

The reviewer attended the show on April 5th


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