April 16, 1982
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Carla Rhodes is an American ventriloquist, comedian and musician who was mentored by Shari Lewis as a teenager. She currently lives in New York City and appears regularly at alternative performance establishments and rock clubs all over New York City and Brooklyn (such as Joe's Pub, The Cutting Room, Arlene's Grocery, Le Poisson Rouge, Highline Ballroom and Issue Project Room). She adds a new twist to the old art of ventriloquism. Carla's puppets include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and a cantankerous 1920s gentleman named Cecil Sinclaire.
Carla taught herself ventriloquism at the age of 9 after seeing Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop on television. She began performing professionally at the age of 13 in a local (Louisville, Kentucky) magic shop. By the age of 15, she was performing regularly at the local comedy club.
Examiner.com stated, "A few of the most popular contemporary ventriloquists are Carla Rhodes, Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator and Mally Lewis." In 2009 New York Magazine dubbed Carla as one of the "Ten New Comedians That Funny People Find Funny."
While attending college in Tennessee, Carla recorded a full-length comedy music album in Nashville. "I Love Animals," a cut off of "Carla's Golden Hits, vol 6," got rotation on the Dr. Demento's "Top Funny Five," eventually placing at number two.
At the age of 16, Carla was featured in The Learning Channel's documentary "Dummies." She has also appeared on The Today Show (interview with Candice Bergen), FUSE, VH1 News, Arte (Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones documentary), Canal + (Megalopolis), Last Comic Standing and wrangled a shout-out on the Late Show with David Letterman.
- "Surrounded by Dummies", MetroMix
- "SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 1998: ENTERTAINMENT", The New York Times, August 30, 1998. Retrieved on 2008-05-10.
- Michael Kane. "'DEAD' HEAD", The New York Post, March 11, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-05-10.
- "Carla Rhodes", The Comic's Comic, March 15, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-05-10.
- "Ten New Comedians That Funny People Find Funny", New York Magazine.
- Carla Rhodes. Doctor Demento Database. Retrieved on 2008-05-10.
- IMDB "Dummies".
- Carla Rhodes TV credits
- Positively 5th Street