Upcoming Shindigs!


Cecil Sinclaire was truly honored to land his first network television appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Strangely, Carla didn't appear alongside Cecil sparking break-up rumors. We talked to Cecil and he had this to say, "Going solo was the best choice I ever made! Carla didn't appear because WOMEN SHOULDN'T WORK!

You can relive Cecil's brief (very brief) appearance here.

Friday, February 5th at 8:30pm:
The Griff and Joe Valentine's Day Lovetacular
Union Hall | Brooklyn, NY

Once again, roommates and holiday lovers Griffin Newman and Joe Garden invite you into their home to celebrate this crazy little thing called love. Purchase tickets here!

Wednesday, February 10th at 10.00pm: Glitter Gutter!
The Slipper Room | NYC

Fast and loose burlesque, variety and sideshow from The Slipper Room! Come enjoy a ridiculously entertaining night.

Saturday, February 20th at 9pm: 
Bindlestiff Cirkus Cabaret
Helsinki Hudson | Hudson, NY

Hudson's own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Purchase tickets here!

Wednesday, March 2nd at 10.00pm: Glitter Gutter!
The Slipper Room | NYC

Fast and loose burlesque, variety and sideshow from The Slipper Room! Come enjoy a ridiculously entertaining night.

Wednesday, March 23rd at 10.00pm: Glitter Gutter!
The Slipper Room | NYC

Fast and loose burlesque, variety and sideshow from The Slipper Room! Come enjoy a ridiculously entertaining night.


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.

3-2-1 Contact!


Mailing List

Cecil is on VINE!


Carla Rhodes

Promote Your Page Too


Cecil Sinclaire Merchandise

Cecil Sinclaire

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!