Leslie Carrara-Rudolph


Leslie Carrara-Rudolph with Polly
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph with Jerry Nelson

LESLIE & Jerry Nelson.

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 Dawns Mom in SESAME Beginnings. She also voiced the green GROUCH in the GROUCH spoof of Spamalot, called SCRAMalot. She also served as MARTIN P. ROBINSONs replacement as the performer of OSCAR THE GROUCHs mom, MRS. GROUCH in EPISODE 4237.

She subsequently played various characters on The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (notably taking over Kathryn Mullens 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.

CARRARAs puppetry career outside of the Muppets has been extensive, including the series Johnny & the Sprites (as Ginger, opposite on-camera star John Tartaglia) & Blues 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 Childrens Day Forum & at Walt Disney World (as characters in Pleasure Islands Adventurers 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 Abbys 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! & Howls Moving Castle, the animated series T.U.F.F Puppy (recurring as Peg Puppy) & Poochinis 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.

Her husband, Paul Rudolph, served as music coordinator on Muppets Tonight, which is where they met.

She is sometimes credited as Leslie Carrera.

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