Celebrity available for hire, based in New South Wales
Playing in school orchestras and performing in barbershop quartets is not the immediate image that comes to mind when you think of Osher Gunsberg but that is exactly where his life long love of music began. Sadly, there are no photographs remaining of Osher in his colourful striped jacket and handlebar moustache but buy him a few drinks and he will be more than willing to give you a rendition of ‘Down by the Old Mill Stream’, complete with hand gestures.
Throughout his younger years in Brisbane, he kept up his musical passion by learning to read and write music, learning to play the bass and double bass, attending not only music school but weekend school as well and studying for a year at South Brisbane TAFE.
With music in his head, Osher left school and, like all red-blooded teenage boys who want to pick up girls, started performing in bands. Not content with just playing music, he also got jobs as a roadie where he not only learnt a lot about the technical side of things but also the exact angle to wear his jeans to insure bum crack will be revealed when picking up a huge amplifier.
And about this time, Osher shot a little video tour of himself on his skateboard and sent it to the powers that be at Channel V. Recognising talent immediately (or at least someone with their own skateboard who could go and get the lunches and bring them back quickly), they snapped him up and put him on ‘whatuwant’.
From there it was only a hop, skip and a skate to be asked to host ‘Australian Idol’, one of the most phenomenally popular shows on Australian television. (Something that was proven at the 2004 Logies when, not only did the show receive an award but Osher was nominated for the Silver Logie). In fact, between his work on Channel V (‘50 Minutes’, ‘whatuwant’ and ‘The ARIA’s’), his ‘Idol’ commitments, and now adding The Bachelor Australia to his resume, Osher successfully hosts more live television then anyone in Australia.
Though it is not just Osher's love and knowledge of music that makes him one of the foremost presenters in the country, it is his love of people. Even though it is a daily buzz interviewing some of the world’s biggest stars including Russell Crowe, Oasis, Christine Aguilera and Bono, he is as enthusiastic about meeting fans, tour managers, right down to the guy who hoses down the stage and disinfects it after the Big Day Out - everyone has a story and Osher loves to hear them, which you can now access via his personal podcasts.