Emelia Rachel Rusciano (born 1 March 1979) is an Australian comedian, writer, singer, radio and television presenter living in Melbourne.

Em Rusciano
Emelia Rachel Rusciano

(1979-03-01) 1 March 1979 (age 43)
OccupationComedian, writer, singer, radio presenter, podcaster
Years active2005–present
Known for2021 The Masked Singer Runner Up, Emsolation podcast with Michael Lucas 2020-present
Spouse(s)Scott Barrow

Early lifeEdit

Rusciano was born in Greensborough, Victoria, and grew up in Diamond Creek and Warrandyte. She attended Forest Hill College.[1]


Rusciano has appeared on All Star Family Feud, The Circle, The Project, Studio 10 and Hughesy, We Have a Problem.

Rusciano competed on the second season of Australian Idol, where she finished in ninth place.[2]

In 2009, Rusciano left the 92.9 breakfast show in Perth after four years and returned to Melbourne.[3] From August 2012 to May 2013, she co-hosted the radio show Mamamia Today with Dave Thornton on the Today Network.[4]

In January 2016, Rusciano toured Australia with her stand-up comedy show, Em Rusciano Is Not a Diva.[5]

In June 2016, Rusciano joined the Hit Network to host The Em Rusciano Show on Sunday nights.[6]

Rusciano published her memoir Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever on 26 October 2016.[7]

In January 2017, Rusciano was announced as one of two hosts for 2Day FM's new breakfast show.

In September 2018 Rusciano announced she was leaving the show, stating she decided to leave due to her pregnancy. Rusciano admitted her time at 2Day FM was a "mixed bag".[8]

In 2021, Rusciano appeared on season three of The Masked Singer Australia and finished runner-up as “Dolly”.

Personal lifeEdit

Rusciano is married to Scott Barrow and has two daughters Marchella (b. 2001) and Odette (b. 2007), and one son, Elio (b. 2019). She lives in Melbourne.


  1. ^ Miller, Megan (14 April 2013). "From track to radio to comedy – Em Rusciano is the accidential star". Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ Blake, Elissa (20 November 2014). "Em Rusciano's Divorce, the Musical! comes from the heart". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ Pepper, Daile (26 November 2009). "Breakfast radio diva Em quits 92.9". WAtoday. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Mamamia is yesterday on radio Today". The Daily Telegraph. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ Taylor, Belle (20 January 2016). "Fringe World: Comedian Em Rusciano's quirk-life balance". Perth Now. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Em Rusciano Returns". Radio Today. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  7. ^ Cahill, Mikey (21 October 2016). "Em Rusciano a force of comedic nature". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  8. ^ Carmody, Broede; Cooper, Nathanael (3 September 2018). "Em Rusciano to depart 2DayFM breakfast". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

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