Anjelah Johnson-Reyes was born and raised in San Jose, California
where she grew up with four siblings in a large extended family to which
she remains close. She embarked upon her career as a professional
cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders at the age of 20 and performed at
Super Bowl XXXVII where she was named the “Rookie of the Year.” After
one year with the team, she decided to move to Hollywood to pursue
She began her stand-up career after taking a class on a
whim at a local church and realized that she loved it. Just a few months
later, Anjelah found herself an internet sensation and pioneer in viral
YouTube videos when her notorious “Nail Salon” bit from a local comedy
show was posted and received over 100 million views! Shortly thereafter
she was added to the cast on the original MADtv where she trademarked
her legendary character, Bon Qui Qui. Similar to the nail salon video,
the Bon Qui Qui sketch caught on and have been viewed by over 75 million
The multi-hyphenate’s popularity has translated into
four successful comedy specials: That’s How We Do It” (Comedy Central),
The Homecoming Show (NUVO TV), Not Fancy (Netflix) and Mahalo & Good
Night (Epix). She has displayed her acting prowess both on TV and film.
Some of her credits include “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Superstore,”
“Moms’ Night Out,” and “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”
2022 will be a busy year for Anjelah with her first book being
published, Who Do I Think I Am: Stories of Chola Wishes and Caviar
Dreams (Worthy Books/March 15), a hilarious and touching memoir full of
memorable anecdotes on how a Latina dynamo was able to forge ahead and
become successful. In addition, she will continue her sold out Who Do I
Think I Am comedy tour across the U.S. encompassing over 75 cities
across North America.
She was front and center competing on Fox’s
dance competition show, The Real Dirty Dancing, that debuted in spring
2022. She also did a set as part of the Jane & Lily Live gala as
part of the Netflix is a Joke Fest. Anjelah and her husband, musician
Manwell Reyes, live in Los Angeles with their dog, Banzo.
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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, THERESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE and the film MOM’S NIGHT OUTwhich 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.