Anjelah Johnson Biography

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Anjelah Nicole Johnson (born May 14, 1982) is an American actress, comedienne, and former NFL cheerleader. Johnson is most notable for her membership in the recurring cast of comedians on sketch comedy series MADtv during its 13th Season. Her characters include a rude fast food employee named Bon Qui Qui and a Vietnamese nail salon employee.

Career
After three years of college, Johnson moved to Los Angeles to pursue an entertainment career. She decided to become a comedian in 2005 and began doing stand-up comedy after a friend suggested that she join a joke writing class. Prior to that she had been working as an actress in Los Angeles and was taking improv classes in church. She quickly began to headline her own shows after being a featured comedian in just three shows. As a featured comedian, the comedy clubs that hired her gave her preferential treatment over even the headliners after noticing that her routines were popular with the audiences. Her stand-up routine comprising her impression of a Vietnamese nail salon employee received much attention on YouTube, and a year after beginning her stand-up career, 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 on the show, as the writers had to produce more scripts at a faster pace and thus opted to write more for the already established performers. However, her character Bon Qui Qui, a fast food employee who treats customers rudely, which she wrote herself was received well. The clip made its way to YouTube where it gained a large following, quickly outstripping her already popular nail salon routine in views. In 2008, Johnson was nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Female Performance in a Comedy Television Series for her work on MADtv.

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Johnson was given her own 1 hour Comedy Central special, "Anjelah Johnson: That's How We Do It" in 2009. She filmed a role in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in 2009. She also appeared as America Ferrera's sister in the comedy, Our Family Wedding alongside Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia in 2010. She provided her voice for the live-action adaptation of Marmaduke, which starred Owen Wilson and Emma Stone. She was also featured on the late night talk show Lopez Tonight, hosted by one of her comedic influences, George Lopez, performing her stand-up routine to the audience. Johnson became the "TC Girl", a spokesperson for Mexican restaurant Taco Cabana in 2011 and appeared in television advertisements for the chain

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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. vRide's campaign encouraged single commuters (S.O.V.s) to rideshare, carpool, or vanpool. Anjelah Johnson starred in several online videos and was interviewed by a number of journalists.

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 sports including soccer, softball and track. She also practiced various dancing styles, such as 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 in 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 in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anjelah_Johnson