Biography

Where it all began

At the age of ten, Erica Rhodes started her entertainment career by voicing the conscience of legendary humorist and writer, Garrison Keillor on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and has worked on that show ever since.  She has performed on stage with Meryl Streep for PBS’ A Prairie Home Companion Celebrates the 4th of July special and co-starred with Martin Sheen when the famous radio show played L.A.’s Greek Theatre and Hollywood Bowl shows.   Her work can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated album, Garrison Keillor’s Comedy Theatre.  In 2012, she also became a writer for the show when it toured Houston, NYC and San Francisco.

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TV & Film Acting

Erica starred in the cult horror film Plague Town and recently wrapped a supporting role in Play Nice, directed by Rodman Flender and starring Mary Lynn Rajskub.  She also starred in Big Sky, an indie road trip movie that followed a young couple’s journey from L.A. to Montana.   Erica co-created and starred in the award-winning web series Apt. 45, but is probably best known for the character of Sandy in Iron Sink Media’s web series Upstairs Girls and her own hit spin-off Sandy’s Channel.  Collectively, those two web series have had an astonishing quarter billion hits. In 2011, Erica was nominated for an LA Comedy Award for “Most Hilarious Leading Actress in a Web Series.”  She produced and starred (with Ray Wise and Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland) in the short film Posey which premiered at the 2013 Idyllwild Cinema Fest and made the festival rounds, garnering many awards.   Erica was also nominated by the 2015 Los Angeles Short Film Festival as “Best Actress” for her work in The Platinum Plan.   Recent TV credits include ABC’s Modern Family, Fox’s New Girl, IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang and Comedy Central’s @ Midnight and Why? With Hannibal Buress.  Erica has also guested on The Howard Stern Wrap-up Show on Sirius XM after being named on his site as number one of the top nine comics to watch.

 

 

Standup & Live Performance

Erica co-hosts Bil Dwyer’s Stardumb!, a game and talk show comedy hybrid that has sold out three times at San Francisco Sketchfest, and stars major guest comedy players like Zach Galifianakis, Simon Helberg, Oscar Nunez, Adam Scott, Mike White, and Maria Bamford.  She is also a fast-rising standup comic with appearances on Comedy Central’s @ Midnight, AXS’ Live at Gotham and the syndicated Comics Unleashed.  In 2015, she performed standup at San Francisco Sketchfest, the Moontower Comedy Festival (Austin, TX), the Blue Whale Comedy Festival (Tulsa, OK), and the Boston Comedy Festival.