Anjelah Johnson

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Anjelah Johnson
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Johnson during her comedy show
BornAnjelah Nicole Johnson
(1982-05-14) May 14, 1982 (age 32)
San Jose, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Occupationactress, comedian
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Manwell Reyes (m. 2011)
Comedy career
MediumTelevision, stand-up, film
GenresObservational comedy
InfluencesEllen DeGeneres, George Lopez, Brian Regan[1]
Website
www.anjelah.com
 
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Anjelah Johnson
Anjelah Johnson comedy.png
Johnson during her comedy show
BornAnjelah Nicole Johnson
(1982-05-14) May 14, 1982 (age 32)
San Jose, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Occupationactress, comedian
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Manwell Reyes (m. 2011)
Comedy career
MediumTelevision, stand-up, film
GenresObservational comedy
InfluencesEllen DeGeneres, George Lopez, Brian Regan[1]
Website
www.anjelah.com

Anjelah Nicole Johnson also known as Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (born May 14, 1982) is an American actress, comedian, and former NFL cheerleader. Johnson is most notable as a cast member on the series MADtv during its 13th season. Her characters included a Vietnamese nail salon employee and a rude fast food employee named Bon Qui Qui.[2]

Career[edit]

Johnson moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy, after a friend suggested that she join a joke writing class.[3] She took improv classes,[3][4] and quickly began to headline her own shows. Her stand-up routine comprising her impression of a Vietnamese nail salon employee received much attention on YouTube,[3] and in 2007, Johnson joined the cast of sketch comedy show MADtv as a featured performer. Because of the impending writers strike, Johnson was often given only a few lines in the scripts during her tenure, as the writers had to produce more scripts at a faster pace.[3] However, her character Bon Qui Qui, a fast food employee who treats customers rudely, which she wrote herself, was received well, and gained a similarly large YouTube following.[3] In 2008, Johnson was nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series for her work on MADtv.[5]

Johnson was given her own one-hour Comedy Central special, "Anjelah Johnson: That's How We Do It", in 2009.[1] She also appeared in the films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Our Family Wedding, and provided her voice for the live-action adaptation of Marmaduke.[5] She was also featured on the late night talk show Lopez Tonight, hosted by George Lopez.

Johnson became the "TC Girl", a spokesperson for Mexican restaurant Taco Cabana in 2011.[6] In 2012, Johnson became the national campaign spokesperson for the "Don't be an S.O.V." campaign led by vRide,[7] the country's largest van pooling company, which encouraged single commuters (S.O.V.s) to rideshare, carpool, or vanpool.

In 2013, Johnson reprised her role as her MADtv character Bon Qui Qui for a skit released by Alexander Wang.

Anjelah Johnson performing

Personal life[edit]

Johnson was born and raised in San Jose, California, in a devout Christian family.[4] She is of Mexican and Native American descent.[8] She was a Pop Warner cheerleader from the age of 8 and was active in soccer, softball and track.[9] She also practiced hip hop and break dancing.[9] She began acting as a senior in high school and was especially interested in imitating different accents.[9] She later studied speech communications at De Anza College.[9][10] She subsequently became a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders after being inducted in 2002.[9] As a member of the Oakland Raiderettes she was named Rookie of the Year and performed at Super Bowl XXXVII.

Johnson married Group 1 Crew member Manwell Reyes in 2011.

Filmography[edit]

Movie appearances[edit]

YearTitleRoleBox office performanceDirectorOther notes
2007The BoxDianneA.J. Kparr
2009Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelJulie$442,859,798Betty Thomas
2010Our Family WeddingIsabel$21,409,028[11]Rick Famuyiwa
2010MarmadukeAfghan #2 (voice)$83,761,844[12]Tom Dey
2013Enough SaidCathy$17,497,669Nicole Holofcener
2014Moms' Night OutRestaurant HostessAndrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
2014The Book of LifeAdelita / Nina (voice)Jorge Gutierrez

Television appearances[edit]

YearTitleRoleTotal episodesOther notes
2006Love, Inc.Female Client1
2007On the UpHerselfHost of show
20072008MADtvVarious characters4Sketch comedy
2008Untitled Dave Caplan PilotMaria
2008The Movie Preview AwardsHerself
2009Comedy CentralHerselfAnjelah Johnson: That's How We Do It
2010Ugly BettyWendyBLOB Interviewer/Bettyhead (Season 4 Episode 13, "Chica and the Man")
2010Lopez TonightHerself

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

As Bon Qui Qui:

TitleAlbum details
Gold Plated Dreams

Extended plays[edit]

As Bon Qui Qui:

Music videos[edit]

As Bon Qui Qui:

TitleYearDirector
"I'm A Cut You"2012DG[15][16]
"No Boyfren feat. Tammy"2013
"This Is How We Do It (Benefit remix)"2014Randal Kirk II [17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationAward categoryResult
2002Oakland RaiderettesRookie of the YearWon
2008ALMA AwardOutstanding Female PerformanceNominated

References[edit]

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