Rosie Waterland is an author, columnist, screenwriter and comedian.
Her irreverent brand of humour has been applied to topics including feminism, pop culture, body image, television, mental health and more. Rosie initially rose to popularity in 2013, with her satirical recaps of the first season of The Bachelor Australia. Fellow author and ABC presenter Richard Glover called what she did “the best television writing since Clive James.”
Rosie’s first book, a memoir about her difficult childhood called The Anti-Cool Girl, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. It was a critically acclaimed national bestseller, shortlisted for an Indie Book Award, the Russel Prize For Humour Writing, and two Australian Book Industry Awards, including best biography and best new writer of the year. Rosie won the 2016 ABIA People’s Choice Matt Richell New Writer of the Year Award.
Rosie’s highly anticipated second book, Every Lie I’ve Ever Told, was published in 2017 and also went on to become a national bestseller, subsequently being named number 41 in the Dymocks Top 101 Books of All Time.
Rosie has been a contributing writer on multiple television shows, most notably ABC’s Tonightly. She co-starred and created satirical political documentary series, What’s Going On: With Jamila Rizvi and Rosie Waterland, which first aired in 2016 on ABC.
Rosie debuted her first live one-woman show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in March 2016, My Life On The Couch (with vodka). The show sold out every performance, and Rosie embarked on a sold-out national tour that year. Her second one-woman show, Crazy Lady, had a sold-out national tour the following year. Rosie’s Kid Chameleon kicked off but was then cancelled due to COVID.
In 2017, Rosie created a podcast based on her first book, The Anti-Cool Girl, called Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie. Mum Says was hugely popular and critically acclaimed, going on to win the 2018 Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) for Best Original Podcast. Mum Says gave Rosie’s mother Lisa the opportunity to dispute much of what Rosie had written about her childhood in her memoir. Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie consistently topped the iTunes Podcast chart when first released and to date has been downloaded more than 9 million times, both in Australia and internationally.
Rosie’s current podcast, Just The Gist, with Jacob Stanley, won the Australian Podcast Award for Best Entertainment Podcast in 2020, after less than a year on air. With over 100 episodes so far, it’s a weekly fixture in the Top Ten chart and receives more than
330,000 downloads every month. Just The Gist is currently on a live tour across Australia, with sold-out shows and dates in cities and regional areas.