‘Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun’ isn’t fun at all


I don’t even know where to begin … and not in a good way. I’m rarely displeased by shows; as long as they’re not scary, I enjoy them, but this one is far different. Comedy group Aunty Donna invites us into their new Netflix Series “Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun,” which recently aired this past Wednesday. While it hurts me to be so brutally honest, I don’t think I would be able to find more than three things that I liked about the show. 

Aunty Donna is an Australian comedy group located in Melbourne that consists of three main members: Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane. Surprisingly enough, Aunty Donna’s fanbase is quite large, with over 300,000 YouTube subscribers and numerous Reddit threads dedicated to them. Most recently, they created a podcast called Aunty Donna (original, I know) which led them on tour around the United States and United Kingdom.  

In the beginning part of the first episode, Ruane changes their house wifi password to “poopoo,” which somehow garnered the attention and love of the entire neighborhood. One woman jumped out of the bush, the other walked out of the trees and then somehow Jerry Seinfeld showed up. First of all, I didn’t find the change of the wifi name that funny. Then, it was so blown out of proportion that it didn’t even seem realistic. While I believe that making things absurd and completely out of the ordinary is part of their comedic style, it just isn’t my cup of tea.  

Another thing that grinded my gears was how they sing at the beginning of their episodes. There’s nothing worse than people singing who have absolutely no vocal talent at all. Not to mention, the lyrics make absolutely zero sense. Can you tell I’m annoyed? On top of that, they spend five minutes trashing their entire home, from smashing bottles across a cupboard to throwing the dishwasher (that speaks, might I add) out the door.  

With all of this being said, there are two things I appreciate about the show. The first thing is their superb acting skills. While I’m not sure if they know it or not, all three men are amazing actors. Throughout the show they interchangeably play different characters, and do so in a professional and realistic way. For example, there was a skit similar to the show “Jeopardy” where Ruane and Bonnano play four characters all at the same time. The second thing, and arguably the most important, is their accents. I am a sucker for an Australian, New Zealand or English accent, so the accent box is 100% checked off in my book.   

It may just be me, but I don’t think I even cracked a smile during these episodes. Accents and all, the one word I would use to describe Aunty Donna is overwhelming. If you’re into fast-paced, electric comedy, then they may be your style, but I just wasn’t able to keep up.  

Rating: 0/5 stars  


  1. Yeah looks like you really just didn’t get it, or you did get it but are so insecure about how intellectual brilliant you are that you didn’t allow yourself to enjoy it.

  2. “Yeah looks like you really just didn’t get it, or you did get it but are so insecure about how intellectual brilliant you are that you didn’t allow yourself to enjoy it”

    I had to re-post that because I couldn’t have said it any better myself. You don’t deserve Aunty Donna.

    • Do you even know how to laugh? How monotomously dull your negative, humorless life must be!
      You’ve got NO business writing comedy reviews, as you appear to be incapable of grasping what funny even is. Nobidy who has seen Aunty Donna will take you seriously. You gave AD 0/5 stars, lol. Maybe just stick to obituaries and shitty political articles in the future.

  3. “I didn’t like this show because I don’t enjoy the style of comedy the entire show is based around so it’s a bad show.”

    What a terrible review

  4. This has got to be one of the worst reviews ever. It seems as though you reviewed this show as if it is meant to be a serious comedy show and it shows by what you had to gripe about. The show is meant to be extremely odd ball and slapstick it is not meant to be coherent like other comedy shows you are used to.

    Think of any of picasso abstract paintings and then imagine going to review it and using the same standard you would for a nice realism style painting that would not make any sense would it? The poopoo is arguably not what makes that scene funny. The humor comes from the fact that the whole neighborhood is excited and fascinated by a password that is stupid and nonsensical. Therefor you have given this review not even understanding what the show is and what it is going for.

    I am not writing this to tear you down just wanted you to think about what I said and think about that moving forward in your future reviews because there is a huge difference between a show being bad and you just not liking the style. I would argue that for what this show is it is absolutely genius and probably one of the best comedy shows of this style out there. This can be seen in what you said about what was good about the show, They are fantastic actors and to be able to act in the way they do and make it funny while doing stuff that is cringe worthy and would be extremely hard for a lot of people to pull off.

  5. This review made me quite angry. Daily Campus needs to hire better writers who are not such a stick in the mud for absolutely no good reason. This show is hilarious and it’s not supposed to be taken seriously. Randomness at its funniest. I get that op eds are obviously opinionated but this show definitely does not deserve a 0/5. That’s just a disrespectful rating. It makes the readers who like this show (EVERYONE in the comments) feel attacked and invalidated, and that is not a good thing if you want to keep your audience. You can do better. Smh. I give this review a -500/5. Be better Daily Campus. This is shameful.

    • You are so, so right: it doesn’t deserve 0/5, that’s way too generous… -1/1000.
      There ain’t enough drugs in the world for me to consume to make that crap watchable.
      I’d prefer to die a painful death under a talking washing machine, or whatever, than waste a second rubbing poopoo into my eyes, ears and brain watching that monstrous heaping pile…

      It’s like a bunch of 4 year old saw an episode of good comedy like Mighty Boosh, and said: “we can do that, but even better”

      BingBong you’re wrong.

  6. Completely agree. Someone who takes the time to write an article about how unfunny “poopoo” is as a WiFi name clearly doesn’t understand that the humor lies not in the name of the WiFi but in the absurdity of how everyone hails it as comedic genius.

    I can’t believe I’m even taking the time to write this, but I suppose it’s because I want to offer my opinion that your beliefs regarding what is/isn’t funny should be treated like your beliefs on religion – keep them to yourself.

  7. Well I am not a native English speaker and I understand that this is why the jokes become more difficult since the jokes are related to the social and cultural environment in which we find ourselves but personally I do not think the program is funny since the The humor was childish but above all bizarre since it was not possible to understand the logic or follow the thread, I really couldn’t see much of the program because it was somewhat repetitive and not very intuitive but it must be emphasized that it is my point of view without the intention of offending the program since you must have a large audience that you must like this type of humor.

  8. Dude, you’re either way toooooo old, not nearly young enough at heard, or you just look at things way to literally to even come close to appreciating this type of humor. That’s OK, just stick to Big bang theory and you’ll be fine, Please try this experiment if you want to see “unfunny”, find and watch ‘Big bang theory without canned laughter’ on YouTube.

  9. Why are you such an uptight twat. It’s literally one of the most original and best written/best acted sketch comedy shows to come out in a long time. Pretentious.

  10. Garbage take, but also just because YOU didn’t think a style of comedy was funny, doesn’t warrant it 0 stars, that’s a bad review

  11. It’s coffee ya fuck. Not sure how I stumbled onto this review, but it seems like everyone else agrees with me that you are a stupid twat.

  12. Shoot for the stars young reviewer. Bewitched with the Twix that you eat with a cup of cool half & half. But watch out for that Boulder , b/c old man Ice Cream has rocky road joints and isn’t moving that quickly. The giant rock is rolling toward us at an alarming rate! No one can seem to stop it as were running Runnning RUUUUUNING!!! But then a giant eagle made of hope and Nutella swoop us down in those Ferraro Roche feathers. The hazelnut beak screeches and takes us away from the angry Boulder. Then we all hit up the coast to camp and fuck our way into 2021!! Gyea boi.

  13. the ammount of irony in these comments is astounding… because someone doesnt have the same opinion as YOU they are a twat who cannot apreciate anything in life but sadness?.. i only managed to watch the first episode and heres what i think

    – the opening song is very funny, and thats why everyone loves it… however its a total rip off from ‘dont hug me im scared’ and completly unoriginal. I laughed and enjoyed it but no points for originality.
    – the rest of it is like a poor monty python sketch (lets be honest their humour is nothing new and young like some people seem to think) – and i felt like i was waiting for something funny to happen every time only to be let down by a terrible delivery or just obserdity & shouting because they think that makes it funny.

    i feel like the crux of their jokes are there, the ideas could be funny but in all honestly they have terrible delivery and comedic timing. just my 2 cents.

    stop giving someone a hard time just because they dont agree with you.. although also the article is not the best writen thing i have ever seen so there you go.


  14. No such thing as an ‘English’ accent mate, you’d get skewered if you said that in the UK! (in case you don’t know, every COUNTY in that country has a unique accent)

    Good review though, Aunty Donna’s ‘comedy’ is a very subjective and I’ve never understood it personally.

  15. I vehemently disagree but that’s the beauty of art and opinions. With billions of perspectives, it’s always nice to see or read of polar opposite renderings of the aforementioned. In this particular case, I find that the reviewer may have been enacting a parody on their opinion. Of the verbiage and instances chosen, I firmly believe that the reviewer does indeed love the show and is trashing it to gain comments of the above/below nature to further illustrate the genius of the three demigods featured within. Well done. Aunty Donna is glorious.

  16. While this is a well crafted, and well executed review, talking about things you actually dislike about the show, I think this is a matter of taste in sense of humor. I actually think all the segments you bring up are hilarious, not for the literal “poopoo” password, but how overblown it gets. I think some of the jokes aren’t hitting with you because you keep getting hung up on trivial elements of the joke, without seeing what the actual joke is. That’s okay, and if you get stuck on something, that’s not on you, as a viewer, thats on the execution, but maybe watch past the first episode and see if things seem better for you. I can tell you Ellen and Egg Helms really had me ripped up in laughter.

  17. some shows are better if you don’t think about everything in it too hard. that’s what you’re doing. sketch comedies aren’t supposed to be scrutinized just go with it

  18. The reviewer says “First of all, I didn’t find the change of the wifi name that funny. Then, it was so blown out of proportion that it didn’t even seem realistic.” That is the point! As someone said, what often makes them funny is how close they are to being unfunny. Personally, I find them hilarious even when they are very weird. This article is probably written this way to attract more engagement and comments, in order to increase online visibility of the website – but if not, please change your profession asap.

  19. I’ve watched this probably a dozen times now…it’s just sheer nonsense and it absolutely works on so many levels.

  20. This is like writing a review about Airplane, praising it for great acting and screenwriting, and then complaining that you don’t get the jokes so you give it 0/10

    What a fucking sourpuss.

  21. I just wanted to join in the effort of telling you how pompous and ridiculous your review is. Why would you review something that’s “not your cup of tea”? Stay in your own tea box and you’ll write reviews actually worth taking seriously. This makes me think you’re probably not a Monty Python fan either, considering how similar their comedy is, which makes me question your entire respect towards comedy in general. It’s fine to not like something, but stay in your own lane instead of trashing a fledgling comedy group. They have great things ahead of them.
    And hey fellow Aunty Donna fans, so many of you here 😂

  22. “Ruane changes their house wifi password to “poopoo,” which somehow garnered the attention and love of the entire neighborhood. One woman jumped out of the bush, the other walked out of the trees and then somehow Jerry Seinfeld showed up. First of all, I didn’t find the change of the wifi name that funny. Then, it was so blown out of proportion that it didn’t even seem realistic.”

    Proves this author doesn’t get it. In no universe is the password being changed to poopoo the actual joke. The humor is how the characters react to it.

  23. Just a tip from a writer to another writer. Think outside of your box. There are all sorts of different types of humor. Maybe if you’re working on critiquing comedy you should do some research on what makes something funny/what doesn’t. I
    mean it might not be “your cup of tea” but that doesn’t mean it’s not funny. Your emotions are not facts and this is something you will have to learn if you want to be a good writer. How long has it been since you’ve heard yourself laugh? How long has it been since you smiled? Being comfortable with your world and with yourself will also help you to become a better writer. Good luck to you, I hope you eventually learn how to laugh again and find humor in life.

    • The reviewer literally said it wasn’t for her but others might like it. I agree. Deadpanned through three episodes and gave up on it. For younger viewers it may seem hilarious, but if you’re older you’ve seen it all before and likely want something more original and smart. (see Mighty Boosh from about twenty years ago for something similar but better).

      • It’s okay that you’re stuck in the past! The rest of us like to live in the present, where Auntie Donna is both original and smart. Hope you can catch up to comedy that is clearly ahead of your time!
        Your grandma

  24. This article should have been called, A KAREN’S prospective, I hate life, funny things , and a late night snack,,,,, I am a writer and broadcaster, how did you get a writer’s job?:0

  25. I am convinced this review is actually an elaborate troll written by Zach and Broden to emotionally destroy Mark.

  26. it was pure art of humor, so funny, timeless. there are jokes that can be funny only for the first time, and there are jokes that can live for a generation. this was abnormal. I wish Netflix would read the comments, rather what this guy wrote. I don’t really understand why they are not working on Season 2.

  27. It is just you, but it’s okay that you don’t get humor! If you want more “realistic” entertainment, maybe you should just stick to documentaries.

  28. God, I hope your review was satirical. The show is based on the over the top comedy sketches from the 90’s. Humor is subjective, just say you didn’t understand it, no need to chew out the hard work that went into the production of the show. The Aunty Donna boys have been in comedy since 2013, all their hard work and talent brought them to this moment. I’m not asking you to be forgiving, or for you to like the show; just be respectful after all they did achieve their dream.

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