Here is a link to a really cool website. It's a guy named Mr. Quintron, and his wife, Ms. Pussycat. They do live puppet and music shows nationally, internationally, and at their club in the 9th ward of New Orleans. They're really quirky and far-out, very different from my austere sensibilities, but I love their music, their puppet shows, and above all the fact that they're creating sincere, artisanal cultural products. They've found what they love doing, and have figured out a way to carve a niche for themselves and make a living doing it.
I was lucky enough to know Mr. Quintron when he was a counselor at my after-school program, twenty-plus years ago!