Rudy Mancuso

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Rudy Mancuso
Rudy Mancuso April 2019.png
Mancuso in 2019
Rodolfo Mancuso

(1992-02-28) February 28, 1992 (age 28)[1]
EducationGlen Ridge High School
Years active2012–present
YouTube information
Subscribers7.2 million
(April 2020)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Rodolfo Mancuso (born February 28, 1992)[1][2] is a Brazilian-Italian-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 7.2 million YouTube subscribers and 9.2 million followers on Instagram.[3] Mancuso is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios.

Early life[edit]

Mancuso was raised in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the son of an Italian-American father and a Brazilian mother.[4][5][6] He attended Glen Ridge High School.[7] He lived in Rio de Janeiro for a while and speaks Portuguese fluently.[8] He started playing the piano at the age of five.[9] 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]


Rudy Mancuso - Mama (Official Music Video)
Mancuso and his girlfriend Maia Mitchell in 2018

Mancuso's partnered with Shots Studios to create videos and launched his YouTube channel in 2016.[10]

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.[11]

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

Mancuso was the opener for Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour in Brazil's section of his Latin America shows in 2017.[12]

Dolce & Gabbana invited Mancuso to walk in their Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 show on June 17, 2017.[13]

Mancuso performed and presented an award at the 2017 MTV Millennial Awards in Mexico.[14]

In July 2017, Mancuso performed at Villa Mix, Brazil's biggest music festival, in Goiânia for two consecutive days.[15] On October 6, 2017, Mancuso released his first single, "Black & White," in collaboration with songwriter/producer Poo Bear.[16] On October 7, 2017 Mancuso performed at the Villa Mix festival in São Paulo.[17]

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.[18] Mancuso also released an original song coloration with Alesso to the latter's channel.[19]

In 2018, Mancuso directed the music video for Lele Pons' debut solo single "Celoso"[20] and the music video for Alesso's single "REMEDY." Mancuso also directed the music video for O.A.R.'s single "Miss You All The Time" which was released October 2018.[21]

Mancuso collaborated with fellow comedian and musician Simon Rex for the video "Storytelling" which was released on his channel July 2018.[22]

In September 2018, Mancuso joined O.A.R. at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado for a performance.[23]

Mancuso and fellow Shots Studios artist Lele Pons hosted the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Awards show.[24] The two performed Pons' "Celoso," with Mancuso playing the instrumental on the piano.

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

In October 2018, Mancuso released "Superhero Therapy" with Lele Pons, Anwar Jibawi, and King Bach. The video is the most recent installment of his super hero series, which has over 68 million views total.[25]

In November 2018, Mancuso both performed and received an award at the 2018 ALMAs. The award was presented by fellow Shots Studios star Alesso.[26] He also performed a cover of Queen's You're My Best Friend in support of Netflix's Bohemian Rhapsody (film) and the Mercury Phoenix Trust which was released to his YouTube channel.[27]

Mancuso also hosted the 'Concert for Tommy's Field', a charity event held at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.[28] Performances included Lele Pons, Bryce Vine, and others.

Mancuso has produced sponsored videos working with companies such as Target and Clif bar which blend music and comedy. He also appeared in a video with basketball star Stephen Curry for Brita water filters.[29]


Studio Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Album details
bored at home


Title Year Album
"Black & White"
(with Poo Bear)
2017 non-album singles
(with Maia Mitchell)
"Anda Pal Carajo (APC)"
(with XAXO and Mau y Ricky)
"Circle of Love"
"I Think I'm Cool"


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Character
2017 "Black and White" Himself
2018 "Magic"
"Everything is Alright"
2019 "I think I'm Cool"


Year Title Character Ref.
2016 The Keys of Christmas Himself [31]
Petting Scorpions Leader [32]
2019 Rim of the World Wes Filming
2020 A Celebration of the Music from Coco Himself


Year Title Character Ref.
2015 Drunk History Manuel Bonilla [33]
2016 Outpost Corresponding [34]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 2017 MTV Millennial Awards Presenter Presented International Hit of the Year [35]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Rudy Mancuso on Twitter: "Thank you for all of the lovely birthday wishes."
  3. ^ "Rudy Mancuso about". Rudy Mancuso. YouTube. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Rudy Mancuso é gato, arrasa no vine e o melhor: é um pouquinho brasileiro!". Capricho. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Rudy Mancuso on Twitter".
  6. ^ "Conheça o Rudy Mancuso e prepare-se para morrer de rir" (in Portuguese).
  7. ^ 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 Lutcher High School."
  8. ^ "Músico Rudy Mancuso abrirá shows de Justin Bieber no Brasil" (in Portuguese).
  9. ^ "YouTube Star Rudy Mancuso Pushes Boundaries With Irreverent Comedy, Gets Serious for 'Outpost'". billboard. May 21, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Shots Studios rebrands from selfie app to social star video factory. TechCrunch (October 5, 2016). Retrieved on 2017-04-30.
  11. ^ YouTube Plans Christmas Special Starring Mariah Carey, Rudy Mancuso. Hollywood Reporter (December 5, 2016). Retrieved on 2017-04-30.
  12. ^ Rudy Mancuso to Open for Justin Bieber Tour in Brazil. Retrieved on April 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "Rudy Mancuso, Anwar Jibawi, More Strut Runway At D&G Spring Menswear Show". tubefilter. June 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "mtv miaw 2017 ¡conoce a los increíbles presentadores de la ceremonia!". mtvla. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  15. ^ "Rudy Mancuso é confirmado no line up do Villa Mix Festival Goiânia". Archived from the original on June 29, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "Rudy Mancuso Debuts Striking 'Black & White' Single & Video With Poo Bear". Billboard. October 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "VillaMix Festival São Paulo: programação, ingressos, tudo o que você precisa saber". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  18. ^ "Rudy Mancuso's New 'Mama' Video Is Full of Eerie Onesies and Odd Nostalgia". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  19. ^ Alesso, Alesso x Rudy [Original Song] | Alesso & Rudy Mancuso, retrieved January 6, 2019
  20. ^ "YouTube Creator Lele Pons Signs Global Recording Deal With UMG's 10:22pm; First Single Out Friday: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  21. ^ "Review: O.A.R. releases powerful new single 'Miss You All The Time' (Includes first-hand account)". October 24, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  22. ^ Rudy Mancuso, Storytelling | Rudy Mancuso, Anwar Jibawi & Simon Rex, retrieved January 6, 2019
  23. ^ "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 September 14, 2018.
  24. ^ "Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  25. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  26. ^ "Rudy Mancuso accepts his Alma Award onstage during the ALMAs 2018..." Getty Images. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  27. ^ "You're My Best Friend by Rudy Mancuso". Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  28. ^ "The 'Concert For Tommy's Field' Nov. 18 Honors A Music Lawyer's Son: How It Came Together". Billboard. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  29. ^ Rudy Mancuso, New Year, New Me | Rudy Mancuso & Stephen Curry, retrieved January 6, 2019
  30. ^ "bored at home by Rudy Mancuso". Apple Music. April 23, 2020.
  31. ^ "The Keys of Christmas (2016) - IMdb". IMDB. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  32. ^ "Petting Scorpions (2016) - IMDb". IMDB. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  33. ^ "Drunk History (2013) - IMdb". IMDB. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  34. ^ "Outpost (Tv Séries 2016) - IMdb". IMDB. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  35. ^ "2017 MTV Millennial Awards". Retrieved July 7, 2017.

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