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Outgrown Em Rusciano planning Newcastle stopover on latest tour


Writer, singer, stand-up comedian and podcast maven Em Rusciano is powerhouse performer who truly does it all.

And, now, she’s bringing her latest tour, Outgrown, to the Newcastle Civic Theatre on Friday 16 August.

It’s her first big national odyssey since her wildly successful Rage and Rainbows show in 2019.

Rusciano’s still angry… but now she knows why.

“The past five years have been brutal, beautiful and bonkers,” she said.

“They challenged everything I ever believed about myself to my core.

“Not to be dramatic, but the term ‘complete ego death’ wouldn’t be out of place here.

“I’m finally limping out the other side of it now with way less oestrogen, and as a newly-crowned neuro-divergent double threat.

“So, naturally it felt like the right time to get myself back on stage.

“You can look forward to a multi-sensory exploration and examination of the beauty that can emerge after everything has been burned to the ground.

“And, of course, elaborate costumes, novelty-sized props and me workshopping my trauma via an over-the-top all-out musical comedy extravaganza.”

Since last you met, Rusciano was given the surprise diagnostic trifecta of – ADHD, Autism and behind door number three: early menopause.

Any one of these revelations would rock most people to their core, but she’s always been a show-off, so she had to win at diagnosis Yahtzee.

Once she picked herself up off the ground (it took one to two business working years), she set about exploring what all of this meant, and along the way delivered a powerful speech about finding out she was neuro-divergent at the National Press Club of Australia.

Rusciano’s podcast Emsolation was picked up as Australia’s first-ever Spotify exclusive and came second in the Australian Podcast awards in the People’s Choice category.

Her best-selling 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.

After release, the self-narrated audiobook version reached the top of the iTunes charts and was nominated for the ABIA Audiobook of the Year award.

Her social media community is fierce, loud and passionately loyal.

With a Facebook following of more than 280,000 fans and 240,000 on Instagram, she has a weekly social media reach of up to 10 million and is an extremely in-demand content creator.

In 2022, she was invited to address the prestigious National Press Club of Australia on the subject of ADHD and her son’s autism.

She’s been widely praised for the speech and the effect it’s had on helping to remove the stigma around neuro-divergence.

Rusciano has become a fierce advocate for the Autistic and ADHD community, too.

She’s one of the highest selling Australian comics, having spent the past seven years touring the country annually with her sell-out, stand-up comedy concerts.

Her 2019 one-hour comedy special Rage and Rainbows was a rating smash on Network Ten, with original music she wrote with Australian music royalty Kate Miller-Heidke.

Rusciano is in firm command of her career and shows no signs of (calming) slowing down.

She’s the answer to the question, can someone be both a national treasure and a chaotic force of nature.

Tickets for Rusciano’s all-ages gig, available at, go on sale from 10am on Tuesday 23 April.

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