Rudy Mancuso

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Rudy Mancuso
Born Rodolfo Mancuso[1]
(1992-02-28) February 28, 1992 (age 26)[2]
New Jersey, U.S.
Education Glen Ridge High School
Years active 2012–present

Rodolfo “Rudy” Mancuso (born February 28, 1992)[3][4] is an American actor, Internet personality and musician most notable for his comedic videos on YouTube and previously on Vine.

Many of Mancuso's videos consist mostly of musical comedy sketches. He has over 5 million YouTube subscribers.[5] He is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios, a company that also produces his YouTube content.[6]

Early life[edit]

Mancuso was raised in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the son of an Italian American father and a Brazilian mother.[7][8][9] He attended Glen Ridge High School.[10] He lived in Rio de Janeiro for a while and still speaks Portuguese fluently.[11] He started playing the piano at the age of five.[12] He also has a sister by the name of Marianna Mancuso. Marianna is said to have played a vital role in Rudy's comedy skills.[citation needed]


Mancuso's partnered with Shots Studios to create videos, and launched his YouTube channel in 2016.[13]

He has been featured on Comedy Central's Drunk History and HBO's Outpost. He also starred in YouTube Red's Keys of Christmas along with Mariah Carey and DJ Khaled.[14]

Awkward Puppets, a puppet series on the YouTube platform, is owned by Mancuso and Shots Studios, and is hosted by Mancuso.

Mancuso was the opener for Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour in Brazil's section of his Latin America shows in 2017.[15]

Dolce & Gabbana invited Mancuso to walk in their Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 show on June 17, 2017.[16]

Mancuso performed and presented an award at the 2017 MTV Millennial Awards in Mexico.[17]

In July 2017, Mancuso performed at Villa Mix, Brazil's biggest music festival, in Goiânia for two consecutive days.[18] On October 6, 2017, Mancuso released his first single, "Black & White," in collaboration with songwriter/producer Poo Bear.[19] On October 7, 2017 Mancuso performed at the Villa Mix festival in São Paulo.[20]

In December 2017, Mancuso released a new single, "Sirens", which was quickly taken down as Mancuso was accused of plagiarism. The song's vocals, melody, and some lyrics were taken from another song "Ambulance" by Texas rock band Eisley.[21] On February 22, 2018, Mancuso released his second single , "Magic", in collaboration with Maia Mitchell, his girlfriend. The single was accompanied by two videos, one for YouTube and another vertical video for Spotify.[22]

Mancuso's next single, "Mama", was his first video single without a featured artist. The video, directed by Mancuso, featured Chantel Jeffries, evoked "odd nostalgia", according to Billboard.[23]

In 2018, Mancuso directed the music video for Lele Pons' debut solo single "Celoso"[24] and the music video for Alesso's single "REMEDY."

In September 2018, Mancuso joined O.A.R. at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado for a performance.[25]

Mancuso and fellow Shots Studios artist Lele Pons hosted the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Awards show.[26] The two performed Pons' "Celoso," with Mancuso playing the instrumental on the piano.

In October 2018, Mancuso released his fourth single, "Lento."


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Character
2017 "Black and White" Himself
2018 "Magic" Himself
2018 "Everything is Alright" Himself
2018 "Mama" Himself
2018 "Lento" Himself


Year Title Character Ref.
2016 The Keys of Christmas Himself [27]
2016 Petting Scorpions Leader [28]
2019 Rim of the World Filming


Year Title Character Ref.
2015 Drunk History Manuel Bonilla [29]
2016 Outpost Corresponding [30]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 2017 MTV Millennial Awards Presenter Presented International Hit of the Year [31]


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  5. ^ "Rudy Mancuso about". Rudy Mancuso. YouTube. Retrieved 29 August 2018. 
  6. ^ How Shots Studios Wants To Use Data To Create The Next Digital Star. (December 7, 2016). Retrieved on 2017-04-30.
  7. ^ "Rudy Mancuso é gato, arrasa no vine e o melhor: é um pouquinho brasileiro!". Capricho. Retrieved 2017-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Rudy Mancuso on Twitter". 
  9. ^ "Conheça o Rudy Mancuso e prepare-se para morrer de rir" (in Portuguese). 
  10. ^ Carter, Brooke "Rudy Mancuso Net Worth 2017 – How Wealthy is He Now?", Gazette Review, June 10, 2017. Accessed September 27, 2017. "Born on February 27, 1992 in New Jersey, Rudo Mancuso attended Glen Ridge High School as a teen."
  11. ^ "Músico Rudy Mancuso abrirá shows de Justin Bieber no Brasil" (in Portuguese). 
  12. ^ "YouTube Star Rudy Mancuso Pushes Boundaries With Irreverent Comedy, Gets Serious for 'Outpost'". billboard. May 21, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  13. ^ Shots Studios rebrands from selfie app to social star video factory. TechCrunch (October 5, 2016). Retrieved on 2017-04-30.
  14. ^ YouTube Plans Christmas Special Starring Mariah Carey, Rudy Mancuso. Hollywood Reporter (December 5, 2016). Retrieved on 2017-04-30.
  15. ^ Rudy Mancuso to Open for Justin Bieber Tour in Brazil. Retrieved on April 30, 2017.
  16. ^ "Rudy Mancuso, Anwar Jibawi, More Strut Runway At D&G Spring Menswear Show". tubefilter. June 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ "mtv miaw 2017 ¡conoce a los increíbles presentadores de la ceremonia!". mtvla. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Rudy Mancuso é confirmado no line up do Villa Mix Festival Goiânia". Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "Rudy Mancuso Debuts Striking 'Black & White' Single & Video With Poo Bear". Billboard. Oct 6, 2017. 
  20. ^ "VillaMix Festival São Paulo: programação, ingressos, tudo o que você precisa saber". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
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  22. ^ "Rudy Mancuso & Maia Mitchell Drop Two Adorable Videos for 'Magic': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-10. 
  23. ^ "Rudy Mancuso's New 'Mama' Video Is Full of Eerie Onesies and Odd Nostalgia". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-10. 
  24. ^ "YouTube Creator Lele Pons Signs Global Recording Deal With UMG's 10:22pm; First Single Out Friday: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-04. 
  25. ^ "Rudy Mancuso on Instagram: "Last night I had the opportunity to share the stage with @ofarevolution at Red Rocks. What a beautiful experience. Thank you @marcroberge…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  26. ^ "Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-09-15. 
  27. ^ "The Keys of Christmas (2016) - IMdb". IMDB. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  28. ^ "Petting Scorpions (2016) - IMDb". IMDB. Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  29. ^ "Drunk History (2013) - IMdb". IMDB. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  30. ^ "Outpost (Tv Séries 2016) - IMdb". IMDB. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  31. ^ "2017 MTV Millennial Awards". Retrieved 2017-07-07. 

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