Upcoming Shindigs!

Sunday, May 24th at 9.00pm: Force Majeure
Cobra Club | Bushwick, Brooklyn

A new vaudeville show in Bushwick, featuring real variety and real skill. Monthly shows at the Cobra Club. More info here!

Wednesday, May 27th at 10.00pm: Glitter Gutter!
The Slipper Room | NYC

Fast and loose Burlesque, Variety and Sideshow from the newly Re-Opened Slipper Room! Come enjoy a ridiculously entertaining night.

Wednesday, June 17th at 6.00pm: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Venue TBA | NYC

Join the party at New Views: Waterfront Tastes on the evening of Wednesday, June 17th.

The 11th annual movable feast will be held at the phenomenal Glasserie in Greenpoint! Devour unlimited tastings from Brooklyn’s finest restaurants, sip liquor from Brooklyn’s distilleries and get your thrills from some rather surprising and quirky entertainments- Brooklyn-style! And there’s more…we’ll be going underground for DJ’d after-party with open bar to keep the energy flowing.

Your ticket purchase supports Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Come eat, drink and have yourself some fun – all while supporting a good cause.

Wednesday, June 17th at 10.00pm: Glitter Gutter!
The Slipper Room | NYC

Fast and loose Burlesque, Variety and Sideshow from the newly Re-Opened Slipper Room! Come enjoy a ridiculously entertaining night.

Thursday, July 2nd at 10.00pm:
Mel Frye's Pre Existing Condition
The Slipper Room | NYC

For the price of 1 ticket experience both a live musical showcase and variety show like no other. Join Borsht belt comedy legend Mel Frye and a roster of NYC's finest live stage performers for an premier evening of uniquely Slipper Room entertainment. Accompanying the show we have the best in NYC's live little big band's playing tunes between sets and giving the performers that little extra something only live music can.

Friday, July 24th at 9.00pm:
Opening for Neil Hamburger
The Independent | San Francisco, CA

Performing a short set before America's Funnyman NEIL HAMBURGER!


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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Cecil Sinclaire Merchandise

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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!