Portrait of Em Rusciano

Em Rusciano

Em Rusciano is one of Australia’s most well-rounded performers. With her finger in every piece of the performing pie, Em co-hosts breakfast radio, sells out the Sydney Opera House with her live comedy shows, releases chart-topping songs, books, and audiobooks, and most importantly, wields a Bedazzling gun like no one else on Earth.

Em’s first book Try Hard went to the top of the iBook autobiography charts before it was even released. The refreshingly honest memoir received stunning acclaim from critics and fans alike, leading to a second reprint with three brand new chapters one year after the original release. Em’s recorded audiobook version also reached the top of the iTunes charts immediately, as did her two singles, 'Brand New Day' and 'Versions Of Me'. 

’Twas many moons ago when Em made it into the Top 12 on Australian Idol in 2004. She may have been booted out in ninth position, but her career was only just beginning. Em was quickly snapped up by Austereo, and spent five years in breakfast radio in Adelaide and Perth, before making the move back to Melbourne to try her hand at live comedy. 

And what a hand it was.

Jump forward a few years of sold-out shows to February 2018, when Em embarked on the Evil Queen Australian tour with huge vocals, hilarious stand-up, and a giant inflatable penis (of course). The Sydney Opera House tickets sold out in twenty minutes flat. Extra shows were added due to extreme demand in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, and VIP tickets flew like the Wicked Witch’s monkeys.

While juggling her newborn in one hand, Em has been designing a soon-to-be-released maternity line, collaborating on a jewellery range along with penning her first book of fiction – and a national tour that will be on the road mid-year.

Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen