Anjelah Johnson has recorded multiple stand-up specials, but her character Bon Qui Qui is even more popular than her stand-up is — her initial appearance on MADtv in 2007, ripped to YouTube, now has more than 70 million views. Bon Qui Qui put out a record with a few music videos, which has now led to a full concert tour. Would you believe her “Nail Salon” bit, which has more than 60 million YouTube views so far, was one of her very first jokes? Before she ever had told a joke, though, Johnson already had performed at the Super Bowl as a member of the Oakland Raiderettes cheerleading squad and appeared in multiple episodes of Friends as a regular customer of Central Perk. She talked to me from her Bon Qui Qui tour bus before performing to a sold-out theater at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin.
So let’s get to it!