Anjelah Johnson


Anjelah Johnson Biography

Anjelah Nicole Johnson (born May 14, 1982) is an American actress, comedienne, 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

Johnson moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy, after a friend suggested that she join a joke writing class. She took improv classes, 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, 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. 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. In 2008, Johnson was nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series for her work on MADtv.

Johnson was given her own one-hour Comedy Central special, "Anjelah Johnson: That's How We Do It," in 2009. 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. 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. In 2012, Johnson became the national campaign spokesperson for the "Don't be an S.O.V." campaign led by vRide, 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.

Personal life

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

Movie appearances

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

Television appearances

Year Title Role Total Episodes Other notes
2006 Love, Inc. Female Client 1
2007 On the Up Herself Host of show
2007 - 2008 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 Comedian

Awards and nominations

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



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