LESLIE CARRARA-RUDOLPH (b. 1963) began her Muppeteer job on Muppets Tonight where she played the Pamela Anderson spoof, Spamela Hamderson in the sketch Bay of Pigswatch. She started performing on SESAME STREET beginning in season 37. Her main SESAME STREET character is Abby Cadabby. She is also Prairie Dawn’s Mom in SESAME Beginnings. She also voiced the green GROUCH in the GROUCH spoof of Spamalot, called SCRAMalot. She also served as MARTIN P. ROBINSON’s replacement as the performer of OSCAR THE GROUCH’s mom, MRS. GROUCH in EPISODE 4237.
She subsequently played various characters on The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (notably taking over Kathryn Mullen’s parts for season 2) & played the principal role of Edi the zebra on Animal Jam. She puppeteers outside of SESAME STREET & the Muppets as well. Her candy-obsessed character, Lolly, performs with her in several clubs & events in New York & LA, as well as working in children outreach programs. LESLIE played Miss Poppy, the human kiddie-show star, in the satirical play Pigeon-Holed, written by SESAME STREET writer Annie Evans, wife of SESAME STREET Muppeteer veteran MARTIN P. ROBINSON.
CARRARA’s puppetry career outside of the Muppets has been extensive, including the series Johnny & the Sprites (as Ginger, opposite on-camera star John Tartaglia) & Blue’s Room (as Blue in season 1). Her candy-obsessed character, Lolly, performs with her in several clubs & events in New York & LA, as well as working in children outreach programs. She has also performed at an opening for first Lady Hillary Clinton at the Children’s Day Forum & at Walt Disney World (as characters in Pleasure Island’s Adventurer’s Club, at the Hoop-de-doo Musical Revue, & as Mrs. Claus). Other acting credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors on stage & the 1995 video The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley: The Case of the Sea-World Adventure (as Mrs. Torres).
As a voice actress, in addition to playing the cartoon version of Abby on Abby’s Flying Fairy School, Carrara-Rudolph has been heard in the HENSON digital puppetry series Frances (as Mother Badger) & in the 2009 revival of The Electric Company (as all the characters in the recurring animated "Haunted House" segment). Other voice-overs include anime like Zatch Bell! & Howl’s Moving Castle, the animated series T.U.F.F Puppy (recurring as Peg Puppy) & Poochini’s Yard (as Wendy), & the podcast series The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd (as Mrs. Floyd & Martha Washington). Video game credits include Commander Sasha in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal & Ratchet: Deadlocked, Zoo Vet, & various citizens in the first 2 Saints Row games.
She is sometimes credited as Leslie Carrera.
- Muppets Tonight: J.P. Grosse (usually when not speaking), Spamela Hamderson, Baby Elaine, Belle the Bubble Mom, Darci, Dorothy Bovine, Shirley (episode 106 only), Theresa, Lady Guenevere, Pullover sweater, Muppets Tonight floor manager
- Animal Jam: Edi
- The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Little Cat A (season 2), Morton the Elephant Bird (season 2), Princess Tizz (episode 203)
- SESAME Beginnings: Prairie Dawn’s Mom
- SESAME STREET: Abby Cadabby, MRS. GROUCH (episode 4237), Gooze Orman, TRASHini, SCRAMalot GROUCH, Ms. Barrett, Rosa, Lotta Chatter, Virginia Virginia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice Burns (Pre-School Musical), Ladyfinger, Icelandic Girl AM (episode 4109), Iris (live action), "Dinner Theatre" daughter, "Super K" daughter, The Super Foods whole-wheat bread, Salesperson, Pandora, Moby Pink, The Lady in the Fancy Bathrobe, Annie Oak, Squirrel
- Panwapa: Koko the Penguin
- Late Night Buffet with Augie & Del: Augie, assistant
- A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
- America’s Next Muppet (2005, unaired): Velvet Lamb-more
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Evil Succubus in the Dracula musical
- When Families Grieve: Jesse
- For Me, For You, For Later: Salesperson
- The Muppets: Extra Muppeteer
- D23 Expo 2011, performer in "I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face" (as female character)
- Abby’s Flying Fairy School: Abby Cabdabby, Spot, Pandora
- Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me: Bobby, Spot
- Elmo: The Musical: Velvet, Peck (occasionally), Moby Pink, Hetti the Yeti, Big Tomato
- Official Website
- LESLIE CARRARA-RUDOLPH on IMDb
- ToughPIGS.com interview, part 1, part 2
- The Muppet Mindset interview, part 1, part 2, part 3
- Muppet Performers
- Muppet Puppeteers
- Muppet Voice Actors
- LESLIE CARRARA-RUDOLPH page on the HENSON Alternative Wiki
- LESLIE CARRARA-RUDOLPH on the Muppet Wiki
- LESLIE CARRARA-RUDOLPH on the Puppet Wiki
- LESLIE CARRARA-RUDOLPH page on the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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