This hilarious and thoughtful memoir from comedy legend Anjelah Johnson-Reyes explores questions of identity, belonging, and her two dreams as a kid: to be an actress and to be a chola.
You may know Anjelah Johnson-Reyes for her viral sketch "Nail Salon" (over 100 million views globally) or her beloved MadTV character Bon Qui Qui, but it's her clean humor and hilarious storytelling that make her one of the most successful stand-up comedians and actresses today.
With her razor-sharp wit, Anjelah recounts funny stories from her journey—from growing up caught between two worlds (do chips and salsa go with potato salad?) to unexpectedly embracing faith (“I love Jesus, but I will punch a ‘ho”) to her many adventures in dating (she may or may not have accepted dates simply for the food). Through it all, Anjelah transforms from a suburban-adjacent kid with Aquanet-drenched hair into a devoted Christian who abstains from drinking and premarital sex, into a mall-famous Oakland Raiders cheerleader, and then an actually famous comedian traveling the world and meeting people from all-walks of life, including Oprah. No biggie. (Huge biggie.) As she travels the world, Anjelah has eye-opening experiences, and she morphs from square, rigid Anjelah into “Funjelah,” and learns that she can still ride with Jesus without squashing the other parts of her personality.
Anjelah's stories explore subjects such as navigating your racial identity, finding your place in the world, chasing your crazy dreams, embracing the messiness of an evolving faith, and searching for belonging and meaning. Through her journey, Anjelah gets closer to discovering her true identity and encourages readers to have the audacity to dream big.
Love this book
I love reading personal bios about people, but this one was off the charts exceptional to me. I loved how honest she is! Just like someone else said, I literally laughed out loud so many times, cried so many times, and thanked God about a million times! She makes you think on a whole new level and I absolutely love it.
This is a book I’d read again over and over and over!!
Who do I think I am
Interesting read, authentic to her true self. Almost good enough to forgive her pitch perfect decision…
Inspiring, honest and funny
Anjelah, thank you for opening your heart and sharing your soul with us. I cried, laughed and learned. My biggest take away that resonates with me is the deconstructing part. I am at that crossroad in my life and I totally get you. Love you! I’ll see you in one of your shows soon.