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Aug 15 , 2014 • KNIGHT THEATER at Levine Center for the Arts
Anjelah Johnson-Reyes was born and raised in San Jose, California and is of Mexican and Native American descent. She is one of five children and has a large extended family to which she remains close. In the beginning of her career, Johnson was a professional cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders. As an Oakland Raiderette, she was named Rookie of the Year and even performed in Super Bowl XXXVII. After that year she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of acting.
She became an internet sensation with her viral video “Nail Salon” which led to many stand up and performance opportunities. That same year she joined the cast of “MADtv” as a series regular, which spawned another internet sensation “Bon Qui Qui.” This original character, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been enjoyed, viewed and replicated by over 55 million people worldwide. After recording and releasing 3 songs and 2 music videos for Bon Qui Qui, Anjelah signed a record deal with Atlantic records to release a full album. The songs and the videos are currently available on iTunes and YouTube.
Anjelah has appeared in multiple ads & commercials, including campaigns for Sprint, Visa, Snickers, Verizon, All-State, K-Swiss, Dryers Ice Cream and she is currently the spokesperson for a Texas based restaurant chain, Taco Cabana. Anjelah has also guest starred on shows such as The Shield, Ugly Betty, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and others all while traveling with her stand up comedy.
In June 2009 Anjelah recorded her first one-hour special for Comedy Central and Warner Brothers Records titled “That’s How We Do It”. Her second one-hour special, The Homecoming Show, aired on NUVOtv in July of 2013 and will be available on DVD later this year.
Johnson starred in OUR FAMILY WEDDING alongside Carlos Mencia, Regina King, and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. She can also be seen as a live action character in the film ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL alongside Jason Lee and the voices of Justin Long, Anna Faris and Amy Poehler. Anjelah then leant her voice for the animated film MARMADUKE along with Emma Stone, Owen Wilson and Jeremy Piven.
She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, musician Manwell Reyes of the band Group 1 Crew, and continues to act and tour the country with her sold out comedy shows.
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