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 acting. 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 people.
The multi-hyphenates’ popularity has translated into six successful comedy specials: “That’s How We Do It”, “The Homecoming Show”, “Not Fancy” and “Mahalo & Good Night”, “Technically Not Stalking”, and “Say I Won’t.” She has displayed her acting prowess both on TV and film. Some of her credits include: “Life & Beth”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Superstore,” “Moms’ Night Out,” and “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”
The past 18 months have been busy for Anjelah. She published her first book, “Who Do I Think I Am: Stories of Chola Wishes and Caviar Dreams” (Worthy Books), a hilarious and touching memoir full of memorable anecdotes on how a Latina dynamo was able to forge ahead and become successful. She also was front and center competing on Fox’s dance competition show “The Real Dirty Dancing” and performed at the “Netflix is a Joke – Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin: Live Gala” which is currently streaming on Netflix. In addition, Anjelah launched her wildly successful and sold out “Who Do I Think I Am?” standup comedy tour across the U.S. encompassed over 75+ cities across North America.
Over the coming year, Anjelah’s book “Who Do I Think I Am: Stories of Chola Wishes and Caviar Dreams” will be published in paperback and she is releasing her 6th comedy special, “Anjelah Johnson-Reyes: Say I Won’t” on Sunday, May 14th. She also will be starring Prime Video’s holiday comedy Candy Cane Lane alongside Eddie Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jillian Bell, Genneya Walton, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Robin Thede, Chris Redd, and Danielle Pinnock.
Anjelah and her husband are expecting their first child summer of 2023 and when not on the road, split their time between Los Angeles and Nashville with their dog, Banzo.