Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun
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|Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||17-23 minutes|
|Original release||November 11, 2020 –|
Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun is an American-Australian sketch comedy television show on Netflix, created by and starring members of the Australian comedy group Aunty Donna. The first season, which consisted of six episodes, premiered on November 11, 2020.
The series' music was composed almost entirely by Tom Armstrong, a member of the sketch troupe Aunty Donna. In January 2021, Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun was renewed for a second season, also consisting of six episodes, to release on Netflix on November 10, 2021.[unreliable source?]
- Mark Samual Bonanno as Mark
- Broden Kelly as Broden
- Zachary Ruane as Zach
The three troupe members portray themselves on the show, but as fictionalized caricatures. In addition, the main cast portrays different comedic characters, including the man who lives in the space where the dishwasher used to be, Cow-Doy, and a clairvoyant named Blair Buoyant.
- Randy Feltface as himself
- Kristen Schaal as the dishwasher
- Karan Soni as Jerry Seinfeld
- Ed Helms as Egg Helms
- Kia Stevens as herself / Awesome Kong
- Ronny Chieng as Narrator
- Antony Starr as Stray Man
- Sarah Burns as Pirate
- Jack Quaid as Basketball Player
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as himself and Lindsay
- Scott Aukerman as Police Officer 1
- Mary Sohn as Police Officer 2
- Tawny Newsome as The Queen
- Paul F. Tompkins as Jukebox
- Ify Nwadiwe as Guardsman
- Michelle Brasier as various
- Ben Russell as various
- Rekha Shankar as various
- Robert Pieton as Different Hat
|1||6||November 11, 2020|
|2||6||November 10, 2021|
Season 1 (2020)
|No. in season||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Housemates"||Max Miller||Aunty Donna||November 11, 2020|
|The members of Aunty Donna (Broden, Zach, and Mark) realize that their dishwasher has become sentient while singing about drums. The dishwasher starts to become annoying, so they evict the appliance. Then, having a vacancy in their apartment, they decide to get another tenant to stay with them. They interview a variety of people including Randy Feltface, a man with only the claws of a chameleon, and "Cow-Doy," but nobody is right for their apartment, in addition to many other absurd characters. Later, Zach changes the Wi-Fi network's name to "poo-poo" and the neighborhood, along with the rest of Aunty Donna, applauds their genius. Jerry Seinfeld comes out to congratulate them, but then rejects them when they ask to be on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It is revealed that they chose Cow-Doy to live in the space their dishwasher used to occupy.|
|2||2||"Treasure"||Max Miller||Aunty Donna||November 11, 2020|
|One billion years ago, a pirate stumbles into Aunty Donna's home and dies, leaving only a treasure map that the comedians find while singing about "morning brown" (or coffee, as Cow-Doy reveals). They decide to search for the treasure, but all have ulterior motives to out the others and take the money for themselves. Then, randomly, they go out to interview people on the streets when the executive producer, Ed Helms appears to chastise them for getting distracted from the plot of the show. They make up, but then Ed reveals that his name is really Egg. Meanwhile, Mark becomes confused while looking for the pirate "booty" and calls in booty finders from South Africa who both tell him that they are really from New Zealand and Scotland but the other one doesn't know. Zachary then gets a call from Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show, who awards Zachary with countless gifts for calling.|
|3||3||"'Lympics"||Max Miller||Aunty Donna||November 11, 2020|
|In the first scene of the show, Blair Buoyant, a clairvoyant, insults a member of the audience in what was supposed to be a planned-out trick. When members of Aunty Donna joke the they can beat pro-wrestler Awesome Kong in a wrestling match, Kong herself appears and tackles them. She then says that she will them for the 2000 Olympics, an offer the comedians hastily accept. Soon after, a drug tester publicly drinks Mark and Zach's urine and Zach pretends to be an elderly lady who sells jam. Later, they all go to a sports' doctor for various exaggerated sports-related injuries, like getting hit in the head with a ball or drowning in e-mails. Next, Awesome Kong gives the comedians Bonsai trees for being such good wrestlers in the Olympics, and then they realize that Awesome Kong lives alone. They invite her to spend Christmas dinner with them, and she eagerly says yes.|
|4||4||"Dating"||Max Miller||Aunty Donna||November 11, 2020|
|After singing about relatable things with each other, the members of Aunty Donna watch a trailer for a movie about a dork and a jock, who are caricatures of their stereotypical selves, until the dork becomes wildly popular when he befriends the jock. When the comedians get a notification that Zach will be going on a date, they all freak out and begin to get stressed. After the date, Zach lies to Broden and tells him the date was perfect, and he even met the magical King of Dance, when really his date left him and he went home alone. After Broden realizes that Zach lied, he finds the Mr. Gentleman's Barber Shop and gets a haircut from the insane barbers working at the shop.|
|5||5||"Night-time!"||Max Miller||Aunty Donna||November 11, 2020|
|At night, Zach must choose whether to eat a rotten apple or a can of pudding for a midnight snack until Mark arrives and eats Broden's noodle. When Broden finds out, the others are able to convince him that it was a "night thief" who stole the noodle, and compensate him with unwrapped cheese. Later, Broden goes mad while getting Zach and Mark drinks and turns the house into a bar. Zach then kills a health inspector, not realizing that he was in on the entire thing. Mark snaps awake and thinks that the entire occurrence was just a dream until Broden stalks through the doorway covered in blood, furious at Mark from shying away from the dead inspector's body. Mark wakes up again in the same situation as Zach disposes of the body in their dumpster out back, as they have done with all the characters who have ended up dead in the series.|
|6||6||"Dinner Party"||Max Miller||Aunty Donna||November 11, 2020|
|One morning, a mailman (played by a mannequin) delivers the members of Aunty Donna a letter that is supposedly from Buckingham Palace, telling them that the Queen will be joining them for dinner. Broden, Zach, and Mark immediately get to work cleaning spoons until the burst out fighting for calling each other names. Later, the trio book a session at a stylist to get ready for the queen's visit and Broden and Mark ditch Zach to drive around for an hour. When they finally home back, the shop is almost ready to close for the evening. They all drive home, sad and disappointed in each other. After that, the trio hired Lord Whoopee, master of etiquette, to teach them proper table manners from the upcoming occasion. Lord Whoopee tricks them into thinking they are impolite by using whoopee cushions, who eventually dies. Down in their electrical plug, a tiny little man dances around with his tiny belongings until his best and only friend, who is made of buttons, gets sucked into a vacuum. In the final scene of the season, the members of Aunty Donna have a delightful (if a little silly) dinner with the Queen of England.|
|No. in season||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|7||1||"Episode 1"||TBA||Aunty Donna||November 10, 2021|
|8||2||"Episode 2"||TBA||Aunty Donna||November 10, 2021|
|9||3||"Episode 3"||TBA||Aunty Donna||November 10, 2021|
|10||4||"Episode 4"||TBA||Aunty Donna||November 10, 2021|
|11||5||"Episode 5"||TBA||Aunty Donna||November 10, 2021|
|12||6||"Episode 6"||TBA||Aunty Donna||November 10, 2021|
According to The Cinemaholic, as of November 2020, though Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun has not been renewed for a second season, the likelihood of that is high and a possible season two would likely be released in late 2021. In January 2021, the series was renewed for a second season. Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun, which is based off of the acting of the members of Aunty Donna, a sketch comedy troupe, was announced in July 2020.
Filming and casting
Filming took place in the United States, as well as Melbourne, Australia. In addition to Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly, and Zachary Ruane starring in the series as caricatures as themselves, notable actors and celebrities including Ed Helms, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Kia Stevens, who portray fiction series producer Egg Helms, himself, and wrestler Awesome Kong. Helms is actually the series producer in real life. Tawny Newsome also portrays the Queen of England and Kristen Schaal voices the troupe's dishwasher.
The entirety of the first season, which consists of six episodes, was released on November 11, 2020, on Netflix. A second season was announced in January 2021 on Whenetflix. In the same article, the release date and episode count of the season was revealed.
The first season was widely well-received, receiving a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Junkee noted that "it seems the entire world has learned that the Aunty Donna boys are hilarious, a fact many Aussies have known for a long time after their new series dropped on Netflix last week." The media website also praised the many cameos made by Ed Helms, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Randy Feltface. The Guardian commented on how many of Aunty Donna's previous Australian YouTube and Reddit followers enjoyed the show, and Decider said that the members of the comedy troupe were "the illegitimate grandchildren of Monty Python and sons of Tom Green." TV Tonight gave the first season four out of five stars.
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