Em Rusciano, Australian comedian, writer, singer and media presenter, will address the National Press Club of Australia in partnership with Women in Media.
Em Rusciano is one of Australia’s most well-rounded performers. With her finger in every piece of the performing pie, Em has co-hosted breakfast radio, sold out the Sydney Opera House with her live comedy shows, released chart-topping songs, books, audiobooks and podcasts, most importantly, wielded a Bedazzling gun like no one else on Earth.
’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 Southern Cross 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. With sell-out shows around Australia for many years, Em’s stage presence has continued to grow. In February 2018, she embarked on the Evil Queen tour, in which she had to add extra shows after the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Palais Theatre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre sold out in only a few hours.
In 2015 Em’s debut podcast ‘Deeply Shallow’ reached number one on the iTunes Charts eight weeks in a row, she then went on to host a national Sunday night show on the Hit Network ‘The Em Rusciano Radio Show’. Shortly after that was offered the Breakfast radio spot on Sydney’s 2dayFm. Before she left 2dayFM in 2017, the station reached its highest ratings in five years.
Em’s best-selling first book Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever went to the top of the iBook charts before it was even released, with great critical and public acclaim. The self-narrated audiobook version reached the top of the iTunes charts upon release, and was nominated for the ABIA Audio Book Of The Year Award. Also on the iTunes charts are Em’s two singles, Brand New Day and Versions of Me, which reached the top ten nationally.
In 2020, a year of complete madness, Em started her own podcast, Emsolation with best friend, Michael Lucas. By the end of 2020, Em’s COVID lockdown podcast was recognised by Spotify and seen as a must have. In 2021, Spotify signed Emsolation as their first ever Australian exclusive Podcast. With one episode realised a week, fans are constantly after more so make sure to watch this space.
Em’s social media community is fierce, loud and passionately loyal. With a Facebook following of 276,000 fans, 35,000 on Twitter and 220,000 on Instagram, she has a weekly social media reach of up to 10 million.
Em has three dogs, three kids and one husband. Is that the order in which she loves her family? Sometimes, yes.
Above all Em is an honest person but also encourages her family members to keep trying, to improve their spot in the order.
Most importantly, she still finds time to watch every single episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Priorities are essential.
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