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The Singing Patient

Carla Ulbrich is a medical musical comedian, keynote speaker, and author currently living in New Jersey. (Insert your own "New Jersey" punchline here). Her songs, keynotes, and book are all based on her humorous take of the life of a patient with several chronic and sometimes catastrophic illnesses. She performs for conventions and other gatherings of patients, caregivers, nurses, and other medical professionals.

Carla has a love of wordplay and a keen observational eye. Before becoming the Singing Patient, she was primarily known for her humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the 'F' Word. Something of a mix between Phoebe and Jeff Foxworthy, she cited her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials.

Since 1997, Carla has been singing her humorous songs all over the US and England. She has appeared on Sirius XM Radio, USA TV, the BBC, Dr. Demento, and The Bob and Sherrie Show and venues such as the Falcon Ridge and Kerrville Folk Festivals, Club Med, and the famed Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. In 2002, Carla's touring was interrupted when she fell very ill with kidney failure and a stroke. As part of her recovery, she wrote a bunch of humorous medical songs lampooning her frustrating experience with the US health care system, resulting in the CD "Sick Humor."

2011 saw the release of Carla's book of humorous essays about those same medical adventures, entitled "How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?" (pub: Tell Me Press). This book was awarded the Lupus Foundation of America's Seal of Approval.

Carla is a certified health coach and is also back on the road touring performing at gatherings for patients, caregivers, and healthcare workers. She brings hope, lightness, and humor to audiences who could really use a laugh.

Some places Carla has played:

NC Lupus Foundation Annual Summit

Ottawa Medical Devices Summit

Myositis Annual Convention

Nursing in Practice (UK)

Medicaid Convention Marquette General Hospital (Retired Physicians' Gala)

Central Louisiana Arts and Healthcare

Hospital Volunteer Appreciation Banquet (Nash Health Care System)

Society for Arts in Healthcare Conference

Alaska Palliative Care Conference

Assoc. for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

Dance for the Cure

Gluten Intolerance Group

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Toastmasters District 83 Convention

Blue Horizons Holistic Health Network

UU Cluster (South Carolina)

UU Aiken

UU Clemson


Club Med

Kerrville Folk Festival

Wildflower Arts and Music Festival

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival


Florida Folk Festival

Avalon Music Fest

The Forest Arts Centre (UK)

The Tower Arts Centre (UK)

Corner Comedy Club, Clermont, FL

Bitter End, New York City

Eddie's Attic, Atlanta

Kulak's Woodshed, Hollywood, CA

various corporate holiday parties

League of Women Voters (SC)

Doctor Radio (Sirius XM Radio)

Eddie's Attic

The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville)

Radio and Press:

Sunday Night with Rabbi Bulka

WLRN Miami



AOL News

NJ Star Ledger

Live Well Nebraska


Anderson Independent

Sirius XM's Doctor Radio

Touch of Grey radio

Personal Best with Kristen Tews WKRS

Dr. Demento

Seven Second Delay with Andy Breckman

The Mind, Body, and Spirit Network (blogtalkradio)

It's Your Health Network (KMBH)




TV spots:

"The Revolution" (ABC)

"Charlotte Today" (WCNC)

"Good Morning Arkansas"

"Triad Today" (Winston-Salem, NC)

"Community Corner" Somerset, NJ

"The Other Side" with Ken Mottet, Chicago Access Network

"Phil Phun Show," Sarasota, FL

"The John Show," ACTV, Gettysburg, PA

"Homegrown Music Concerts," WVIA, Scranton, PA

"Up All Night," USA network

"Lorrainne Entertains," PAX TV

"The Naked Truth," Charlotte, NC


2011 Lupus Foundation of America Seal of Approval (for the book)

2011 Toastmasters Division C Table Topics Winner

2011 Toastmasters Area 33 Humorous Speech Contest Winner

2006 Just Plain Folks, Novelty Song of the Year

2004 Dr. Demento's #8 and #10 Most Requested Songs of the Year

2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Most-Wanted Emerging Artist

1999 South Florida Folk Fest Songwriting Competition Winner: Best Upbeat Song and Best Overall


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