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Em Rusciano's 'Try Hard'

My first memory of Em Rusciano involves the mother-of-two gallivanting around stage with Pauline Hanson hair, belting out a dodgy disco remix of Tina Turner’s Turn The Beat Around on Australian Idol in 2004.

I was thirteen years-old at the time, and found in her flamboyant showmanship and heart-on-sleeve emotional displays the ‘fag-hag’ (her words, not mine) I didn’t yet know I needed. I can vaguely recall doing the dishes to earn the fifty cents needed to vote her through to the next round (I shouldn’t have bothered, she was eliminated the following night).

It’s no real surprise that Rusciano resonated with me as a closeted teenage loser. She has long credited her so-called “gay mafia” with getting her through the most challenging stages of her life (spanning motherhood, separation and entering the famously male-dominated Australian comedy scene), while emboldening the sense of style she’s now known and loved for.

Now, after sharpening her chops hosting national radio programs and penning columns for Mia Freedman’s Mamamia website, the serial slashie (writer/performer/comedienne) has released an autobiography aptly titled Try Hard, which details her tumultuous and glitter-clad journey from womb to center stage at the International Comedy Gala in Melbourne.

The debut offering serves up Rusciano’s trademark wit and lovable gutter-esque mummy humour in spades, and is hindered only by the underlying sense that she is yet to fulfill her own spectacular potential across the entertainment board. In that sense, Try Hard reads a bit like the premature baby you love and coddle irrespective of occasional weakness or health complications.

Sure, she could have waited a few more years, but one of the many take-aways from Try Hard is that waiting isn’t Rusiano’s style.

Having toured the country with her sold-out comedy show and amassed over 270,000 fans on Facebook, there’s little doubt that Em’s PC-free brand of gay-loving motherhood is resonating with the masses. And for good reason. In among the pages of Try Hard are countless tales of laughing at oneself in the face of adversity; covering up emotional scars with another smudge of glitter. It offers readers a judgement free escape from the daily grind, all while leaving you with the unmistakable sense that perhaps you’re more normal than you originally thought.

While Try Hard had me turning off Netflix (no small feat) and smiling dumbly into the bottom of my wine glass, I’m already looking forward to the inevitable sequel in a few years time – Try Harder.

Because going from what I know of Em Rusciano, she always does.

Try Hard is available now.

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coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 29th Oct, 2016

Ive got my ticket to see Em Rusciano at the Enmore Theatre on Friday December the 9th. Tickets: -http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=EMRUSSYD16

twoten85

twoten85 said on the 29th Oct, 2016

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coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 29th Oct, 2016



Check this out then: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-features/from-track-to-radio-to-comedy-em-rusciano-is-the-accidential-star/story-fncv4qq2-1226621425174

Carpe-Diem

Carpe-Diem said on the 29th Oct, 2016

Em who????

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Carpe-Diem

Carpe-Diem said on the 29th Oct, 2016



I'll bet you're saying that about James Packer ..... right about now. :rolleyes:

coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 29th Oct, 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0ih7XamMtU

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 29th Oct, 2016

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5400a9cbe4b08161ea5c28b4/t/56f6a0d85f43a67e122bdf7f/1459003618844/

Carpe-Diem

Carpe-Diem said on the 29th Oct, 2016



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