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Rod is one of the main characters in the musical Avenue Q. He is a Bert-like character and an investment banker on Wall Street. He lives in the same apartment as Nicky. Rod is a closeted homosexual, but at the end of the musical, he comes out of the closet.


Broadway and Off-Broadway Portrayers[]

  • John Tartaglia
  • Barrett Foa
  • Howie Michael Smith
  • Seth Rettberg
  • Rob McClure
  • Adam Kantor
  • Jed Resnick
  • Jeffrey David Sears
  • Darren Bluestone
  • Ben Durocher

West End Portrayers[]

  • Jon Robyns
  • Daniel Boys
  • Paul Spicer
  • Adam Pettigrew
  • Sam Lupton
  • Tom Steedon
  • Sam Tutty
  • Scott Folan
  • Stewart Clarke


  • In July 2011, the same day same-sex marriage was legalized in New York City, Rod and Ricky (handled by Howie Michael Smith and Jed Resnick, respectively) made history as the first same-sex puppet couple to wed. The ceremony was done at City Hall beneath a rainbow chuppah. Kate Monster (handled by Jennifer Barnhart) served as a flower girl.
  • Rod is the second-most popular character after Kate Monster (in the fandom at least).
  • According to Avenue Q: The Book, in the developmental stages of the show, Rod was originally named "Paul."
  • Rod being gay is based on a popular joke/theory with the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie, that being they are gay for each other. This was debunked by the official creators of Sesame Street, however.


  • Well, I am not a closeted homo-whatever!
  • Sweet suffering Jesus! Nicky AND Ricky?! Ooh, my cup runneth over!
  • (Referring to his gay "friend") He's an investment banker. . . and a Republican.
  • Number one: I apologize for being so hot-headed and difficult.