We're nearing three milestones: 1) the 20th year of Trav S.D.'s American Vaudeville Theatre; 2) the 1,000th vaudevillian to be profiled on Travalanche (travsd.wordpress.com); and 3) the brand spankin' new production of our hit 2014 production, the Marx Bros.' "I'll Say She Is" coming your way to the Connelly Theatre, May 28.
More information and tickets here!
RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. Buy tickets here!
WILDCARDS is a rotating roulette of wonder and surprise. An ongoing hit show at Coney Island for the past 2 years, and has now come to Bushwick!
The cast is always a group of the most intense and creative performers in the world of Burlesque who ALWAYS keep the audience guessing "WHAT will they do NEXT?!" Our pack of Wildcards this round will not fail to make you drop your jaws and your drawers!
Saturday, May 7th at 9:30pm: Mr. Choade's Upstairs Downstairs The Slipper Room | NYC
Premiere night of outrageous NYC performance. Variety as it should be.
Fast and loose burlesque, variety and sideshow from The Slipper Room! Come enjoy a ridiculously entertaining night.
Thursday, May 12th at 7.00pm: Happy Karaoke Funtime The Triad | NYC
Improv & Karaoke come together to create a fully improvised musical where scenes explode into popular songs you know, w/lyrics you've never heard before! The hilarious comics of Happy Karaoke get the name of a brand new musical from the audience & immediately launch into that world. With special guest, rock n roll ventriloquist Carla Rhodes.
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."
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.