Anjelah Johnson | Comedian, Actor
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- Reyes 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, television and film 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 80 million people worldwide. After recording and
releasing 3 songs and 2 music videos as Bon Qui Qui, Anjelah signed a record deal with
Warner Nashville to release a full album titled, “Gold Plated Dreams”, which She’s
toured twice selling out both times. Bon Qui Qui teamed up with Benefit Cosmetics for
her third music video “This Is How We Do It”. After the success of her debut album, Bon
Qui Qui released a Christmas EP titled “Merry Hoodmas”. All the songs are available on
iTunes and the videos are currently on YouTube.
Early in Anjelah’s career she appeared in multiple ads & commercials including
campaigns for Sprint, Visa, Snickers, Verizon, All-State, K-Swiss, Dryers Ice Cream and
was 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, Super
Store, and others all while touring with her stand up comedy.
In June 2009 Anjelah recorded her first one-hour special for Comedy Central and Warner
Bros. Records titled, That’s How We Do It. Her second one-hour special, The
Homecoming Show, aired on NUVOtv in July of 2013 and is currently available on
Amazon. In 2014 Anjelah recorded her third hour special, Not Fancy which is a Netflix
original, and is currently available for streaming. In 2017 she filmed her fourth hour
special Mahalo & Goodnight in Honolulu, Hawaii. It premiered on the Epix channel and
is now available for steaming on Amazon.
Johnson has starred in such films as OUR FAMILY WEDDING, ALVIN AND THE
CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL, ENOUGH SAID, THE RESURRECTION OF
GAVIN STONE and the film MOM’S NIGHT OUT which not only features Anjelah but
also her husband, musician Manwell Reyes.
Anjelah resides in Los Angeles and Nashville with her husband and her dog Banzo, and
continues to act and tour the country with her sold out comedy shows.