Friday, August 17, 2007
Raiderette turned comedienne and actress Anjelah Johnson has been added to the cast of the 13th season of MADtv.
Anjelah Nicole Johnson, a native of San Jose, CA, was born in 1982 to Mexican and Native American parents. She claims her family and the support they offer have been key to her success in showbiz, and as a sibling of five, her mother a sibling of eight, and her grandmother of 22, one can easily understand why. A devout Christian through and through, Anjelah's love for performing is surpassed only by her love for God. She applies her faith to each and every aspect of her life and truly believes the success she's enjoyed thus far is only the beginning of what He has in store.
As early as 1990, Anjelah was already on the rugged road to stardom. At the tender age of eight, she began cheerleading with Pop Warner -- an organization that provides youth football and cheer/dance programs around the world -- and chose to stick with her new passion all throughout high school and college. Her hard work and perseverance, in time, culminated with her hiring as a professional cheerleader by the NFL's Oakland Raiders. During her tenure with the Raiders, she was named Rookie of the Year, was featured on ESPN's The Making of a Raiderette, and even performed in Super Bowl XXXVII! Yet, despite all her newfound success, Anjelah felt she needed a change.
After completing her third year of college, the San Jose bombshell picked up shop and moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Knowing that comedy was her calling, she registered for a stand-up comedy class, and before she knew it, she found herself performing stand-up all across North America in comedy clubs, churches, casinos, universities, and even for United States troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba! Since then, this rising star has landed herself guest roles on Love Inc., FX's Emmy & Golden Globe Award-winning cop drama, The Shield, and has also appeared in a myriad of advertisements of both the television and print varieties.
As of August 2007, you can find Anjelah on Si TV -- a Latino-themed cable network in Los Angeles -- as the host of "On The Up". In addition, she's about to begin production on her first season of MADtv, where she will no doubt showcase her wide array of impressions including Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul, Roselyn Sanchez, Salma Hayek, and Tyra Banks.
Watch Anjelah on YouTube or visit her on MySpace.
The new season of MADtv starts Saturday, September 15th at 11pm E/PT on FOX.