Singer, Writer, TV and Radio Presenter, Stand-up Comedian
After belting out tunes in the privacy of her shower in her early twenties, Em auditioned for Australian Idol. She made the Top Ten finalists during the show’s hugely popular second season, and her star began to ascend. In Idol she showed she had more to offer than solely as a singer, and the media across Australia took note.
First cab off the rank was Austereo who snapped her up to host Perth’s top rating 92.9 breakfast radio show. During her time in the west Em interviewed Prime Ministers, traded baby-stories with suburban mums and jammed with the Black Eyed Peas. She riffed on everything from US politics to post-natal depression to Lady Gaga, and drove the Breakfast Show to ratings supremacy, year after year.
Network Ten’s The Project noticed Em’s special ‘something’ and hired her as a presenter in 2010, followed by Network Nine’s The Circle, and she went on to become a regular on both Nine and Ten’s Morning Shows. Across these she has co-hosted programs, undertaken key interviews, prepared international reports and been a local correspondent and presenter.
2011 saw Em write and present her first solo comedy/cabaret show The Saintly Bitch Sings. Selling out and grabbing accolades it spurred her to continue down the live performance path. She then wrote and produced Em Rusciano – The Musical and presented it as her debut at Melbourne Cabaret Festival. It was a sold out season that also garnered her a coveted Green Room Award nomination along the way.
Em went on to make her Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut in 2013, and what a debut it was! Puberty Rhythm and Blues was a total sell out, had extra shows added to its run, also grabbing rave reviews from the broad entertainment media. She also featured in prestigious showcase shows – and Em Rusciano had “arrived” on the live comedy scene in Australia. In 2015 Em sold out her entire runs at the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International and Sydney Comedy Festivals before her seasons even opened, resulting in “by demand” additional shows and tours across all capitals. Em co-hosted the 2014-15 Telstra NYE fireworks show at Sydney’s Dawes Point to an internationally live-streaming audience.
As a writer Em contributes to Mama Mia, TV Week, The Herald Sun, Cosmopolitan and various other news websites. Her primary writing role is contributing weekly for the immensely popular news.com.au. Her columns are that site’s most read ever, with a huge cult following attracting hundreds of thousands of hits. This in combination with her traditional media activity have led to Em growing a huge and loyal social media following. To date her followers number in excess of 300,000, with a consistent, phenomenal Facebook engagement and reach of millions per week. Her always amusing Twitter posts saw her crowned “Queen of Twitter” in Pedestrian TV’s Blogster awards.
On December 1, 2015 Em published her first “Deeply Shallow With Em Rusciano” podcast on iTunes with guest Joel Creasey. She immediately achieved phenomenal success, rocketing to number 1 on the iTunes store for Top Podcasts…. all within 24 hours and without being featured on the iTunes store.
Em pulled out all the stops for her monster 2016 festival show Em Rusciano is NOT a Diva, touring every capital city with a five-piece band, dancing boys, and metric tonnes of glitter, leaving a trail of sold-out theatres and dedicated fans clamouring for more.