In 2000, an Adelaide comedy club advertised for funny Mum's and Emily clutching a photo of her nephews turned up to have a go. Soon Emily was doing the comedy circuit around Adelaide and before too long she wowed them on Channel 7's AM Adelaide (2000 and 2001) and on 5UV radio with her "Iris Purslow from the Upper Gumbowie Ladies Auxiliary" serial.

In 2001 she was the first ever woman to win the National Raw Comedy Competition. In 2002 she came 2nd nationally in the Greenfaces comedy competition. Then, she went on to work as a support act for Puppetry of the Penis 2001 & 2003. Soon she was filling in for the breakfast crew on Adelaide's MMM Radio. Then she took on the blousy role of Caprice Cerise in the Aussie feature movie The Honourable Wally Norman directed by Ted Emery of Kath and Kim fame. She showed up next in Macleod's Daughters where she played Constance, a lovely rural woman with a penchant for a tipple and a bawdy eye.

Em performed for the 2006 Melbourne Int. Comedy Festival, and then toured W.A. and regional Victoria. Emily launch her first solo show "LifeSpam" as part of the 2007 Melbourne Fringe. "Brilliant storytelling" was one critics take on this show. Next saw her in "The Middle Ages" as part of the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the following year she trotted out her sell out show. After Melbourne Comedy Festival and Perth's Wild West Comedy Festival 2011 Em is spending a big chunk of the year on tour to the US with her new show.