Anjelah Johnson

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Anjelah Johnson
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Anjelah during her comedy show
Birth name Anjelah Nicole Johnson
Born (1982-05-14) May 14, 1982 (age 32)
San Jose, California, U.S.
Medium Television, stand-up, film
Nationality American
Years active 2005–present
Genres Observational comedy
Influences Ellen DeGeneres, George Lopez, Brian Regan[1]
Spouse Manwell Reyes (m. 2011)
Website www.anjelah.com

Anjelah Nicole Johnson (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.

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.[2] She took improv classes,[2][3] 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,[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] In 2008, Johnson was nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series for her work on MADtv.[4]

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.[4] 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.[5] In 2012, Johnson became the national campaign spokesperson for the "Don't be an S.O.V." campaign led by vRide,[6] 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 doing a skit

Personal life[edit]

Johnson was born and raised in San Jose, California, in a devout Christian family.[3] She is of Mexican and Native American descent.[7] She was a Pop Warner cheerleader from the age of 8 and was active in soccer, softball and track.[8] She also practiced hip hop and break dancing.[8] She began acting as a senior in high school and was especially interested in affecting different accents.[8] She later studied speech communications at De Anza College.[8][9] She subsequently became a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders after being inducted in 2002.[8] 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]

Year Title Role Box office performance Director Other notes
2007 The Box Dianne A.J. Kparr
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Julie $442,859,798 Betty Thomas
2010 Our Family Wedding Isabel $16,938,562 Rick Famuyiwa
2013 Enough Said Cathy $17,497,669 Nicole Holofcener

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Total episodes Other notes
2006 Love, Inc. Female Client 1
2007 On the Up Herself Host of show
20072008 MADtv Various characters 4 Sketch comedy
2008 Untitled Dave Caplan Pilot Maria
2008 The Movie Preview Awards Herself
2009 Comedy Central Herself Anjelah Johnson: That's How We Do It
2010 Ugly Betty Wendy BLOB Interviewer/Bettyhead
2010 Lopez Tonight Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Award category Result
2002 Oakland Raiderettes Rookie of the Year Won
2008 ALMA Award Outstanding Female Performance Nominated

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