Comedy review: Aunty Donna
Comedy review: Aunty Donna

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Aunty Donna, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray. ★★★ They’re making shows you know, but not for me… The audience loved this sketch hour from Australia. Well, the rest of the audience – all of whom seemed to also be from Australia. My mate and I never cracked a smile, …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Aunty Donna, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray.

★★★

They’re making shows you know, but not for me…

The audience loved this sketch hour from Australia. Well, the rest of the audience – all of whom seemed to also be from Australia. My mate and I never cracked a smile, as beardie fellas Mark, Broden and Zach spent an hour shouting VERY LOUDLY, giving us their spin on the likes of Family Fortunes and captains who go down with their ship (yawn).

They also dance a lot, run into the crowd and generally act like The Wiggles on acid. They’ve a massive YouTube following, the internet reckons they’re absurdist, the flyerer says they’re surreal, but to me they’re simply random in that studenty way that got tedious after a couple of series of The Young Ones. As for the running gags – ouch, a beach ball hit me it the face! – I wanted to run in the other direction.

But not every show is for everyone. The performers work incredibly hard and certainly have talent; they move like madmen for the entire hour, can sing, dance and time a gag. They’re a tight troupe in a slick show. If this is the sort of thing you like even a little, you’ll likely love this.

Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 13 August 2015

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