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 seriesMADtv during its 13th season. Her characters included a Vietnamese nail salon employee and a rude fast food employee named Bon Qui Qui.
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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.
Johnson was born and raised in San Jose, California, in a devout Christian family. She is of Mexican 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 Raidersafter 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.
|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|
|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|
|2002||Oakland Raiderettes||Rookie of the Year||Won|
|2008||ALMA Award||Outstanding Female Performance||Nominated|