Up-and-coming performer Anjelah Johnson makes a
splash with debut Comedy Central special
fairly unknown, comedienne Anjelah Johnson is getting her first Comedy
Central special, “That’s How We Do It” debuting Dec. 28 at 8 p.m.
Johnson, formerly a Raiders cheerleader, is more than meets the eye
comedically. Her material is universal and accessible, and she’s good
with character voices. Johnson draws heavily on various Hispanic or
Mexican accents to portray family members in her bits.
Most of Johnson’s material is personal but very light in tone --
items such as parents not understanding that a cell phone voice mail
isn’t like a home answering machine, or growing up poor with
hand-me-downs and cheap Christmas presents. It’s also fairly girlie
without falling too much into the clichés of “differences between men
and women.” For example, a trip to the nail salon, complete with an
Asian worker’s voice.
Johnson has fun with having been a cheerleader, if it’s even possible
to be self-deprecating about that. Some of her act is also about “livin’
out loud,” as it’s called -- getting into clubs, flirting, hip-hop
Some of Johnson’s vocal inflections, especially the way she’ll let
her voice trail off, sound like Kristen Wiig of SNL. Some of the
characters she brings out, such as the Asian nail salon lady, or a black
stewardess, are ones she has had success with in a stint on “Mad TV” or
with online videos.
With this special, Johnson has achieved a fuller-length calling card,
and definitely shows potential as a comedienne, to go along with her
energy as a performer, seen in a dance segment closing the show.