Upcoming Shindigs!

Monday, February 2nd at 8.00pm:
Frank Conniff’s CARTOON DUMP
QED | Astoria, Queens

Frank Conniff’s (Mystery Science Theater 3000) monthly show featuring live variety, Moodsy the Owl and cartoons!

Thursday, February 5th at 10pm:
The Wiggle Room
The Slipper Room | NYC

Named one of the "Best Burlesque Show in NYC" by Time Out New York!

Saturday February 28th at Midnight
The Tomorrow! Show
The Steve Allen Theater | Los Angeles

Now in its eighth year! "Tomorrow!" is the longest-running comedy, variety and music show in L.A. It happens every Saturday at midnight! Hosted by Ron Lynch! LA Weekly named this show one of the best comedy shows in Los Angeles! More details here!

Monday March 2nd at 8pm:
Hot Tub With Kurt & Kristin
The Virgil | Los Angeles

Hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen is a weekly variety show that features comedy from LA's best comics and sketch groups, new music, and the occasional oddity.

Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th at 8pm:
Great Arizona Puppet Theater | Phoenix, AZ

Arizona's best, quirkiest, edgiest slammers from across the country come together for some adult fun! Independent performers do short pieces which are funny and are sometimes poignant all geared to an adult audience. Puppet Slams are for guests 18+.


Secrets of a Die-Hard Ventriloquist

Secrets of a Die-Hard Ventriloquist from Narratively on Vimeo.

Carla Rhodes has been a performer in New York City for over ten years. After Rhodes met her muse—a puppet named Cecil Sinclaire—the pair have starred in numerous web videos and live performances together, hoping to catch the big break that will lead to mainstream success. Produced by Emily Sheskin and Veena Rao for Narratively's "Making It As An Artist Week."

Atlanta Film Festival Interview

Matt catches up with ventriloquist Carla Rhodes at the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival. They talk about her act, the unique Atlanta puppet scene, and her associate, Cecil Sinclaire. (Includes clips of her live AFF performance)

Dragon*Con 2013 Puppet Slam

A musical prequel to the short film,"Retire for the Evening."
Directed by Ed Hellman.

The Mister Nobody Show

MTV's Weird Vibes

The Plight Of Cecil Web Series!

The Plight Of Cecil is now live! It features myself and the cantankerous Cecil Sinclaire. Costarring live dove Pearl Friday, voiceover by the legendary Chuck McCann and Executive Produced by Mallory Lewis (Shari Lewis' daughter). And directed by none other than my partner in crime, Ed Hellman.

Please keep your eyes peeled for a fundraiser to benefit the creation of the rest of the series. In the meantime, you can donate through the PayPal button below. Thank you for your continued support!

Carla Rhodes Biography

CARLA RHODES is the world's foremost (and only) rock'n'roll ventriloquist. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, she's been throwing her voice since the age of 9 and was mentored by the legendary Shari Lewis.

Notable venues include Bowery Ballroom (opening for Neil Hamburger &  Tim Heidecker), Joe's Pub, The Cutting Room, Terminal 5 (opening for the Eels), The Slipper Room and just about every rock'n'roll, burlesque and alternative comedy venue in NYC. She's been up and down the ol' USA from performing in Los Angeles to Dragon*Con in Atlanta at the sold-out Puppet Slam. She's been across the pond to The Glasgow Comedy Festival and appeared on cabaret and vaudeville shows in London too! Whew!

Past honors include Andy Kaufman Awards Finalist and Ars Nova's ANT Fest. Solo shows include “The Continuing Story Of Carla Rhodes” and most recently, “The Plight Of Cecil.”

This past fall she appeared nationally on CBS Sunday Morning. Current projects include a web series “The Plight Of Cecil” centered around main character, Cecil Sinclaire. Unfortunately, you've most likely seen her cantankerous sidekick CECIL SINCLAIRE in the gutter, not looking at the stars.

Dubbed by New York Magazine as one of the "Ten New Comedians That Funny People Find Funny," according to Backstage "Carla Rhodes isn’t your typical ventriloquist... She's intent on shaking up the norm..." and described in The Villager as "the Savion Glover of vents, almost single-handedly injecting a notoriously uncool and backward-looking performance branch with a badly-needed kick in the ass," Carla Rhodes is certainly bringing ventriloquism screaming into the 21st century!

CARLA RHODES & CECIL SINCLAIRE currently reside in New York City.

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Who wants a Saltwater Taffy tee-shirt? YOU DO!

Order 'em and more through Big Cartel. We've got gentlemen and chorus girl sized t-shirts! Buttons! Stickers! Tote bags! And... CECIL SINCLAIRE DOLLS! Designed by the brilliant John Bergdahl!