Los Johnsons

We just had our 18th Bi-Annual family reunion at Hellyer Park in San Jose, CA. It actually wasn’t the Johnsons, that’s my dad’s side. But I did go to a Johnson family reunion once where there was a sign that said, “Welcome Los Johnsons”. I laughed for 3 days about it. This was actually my mom’s side of the family, The Jimenez family. Here is a brief run down: My great grandpa, Ambrocio Jimenez, married my great grandmother, Felipa Contreras. They had 11 kids (if you think that is a lot wait until the end of this paragraph). One of those kids was my grandma, Rachel. Rachel Married Manuel Castaneda, thus we are the Castaneda branch of the Jimenez tree. After Felipa died at the age of 38 (I don’t think they had medicine back then), Ambrocio re-married Catalina and had 14 more kids! So, basically my grandma is a sibling of 25.  Sometimes people joke with a parent who has 4 or 5 kids and they say, “Wow, if you have any more, you’ll have a soccer team”. Well, my great grandpa had 2 soccer teams, including a few substitutes.

Every 2 years about 500 of us “primos” get together and pretend we know each other. We all wear name tags and special shirts to designate which branch of the tree we’re from. This year, the Castaneda branch got creative. We wore a shirt with a mustache on it, and we all wore a fake mustache for the family photo. I don’t understand the mustache craze these days, but we didn’t want it to fade out before we all got a chance to jump on the band wagon. Even my 4 month old baby cousin rocked her mustache with pride. The day starts at 8am with Menudo (of course) or Pozole, for those of us Mexicans who don’t enjoy cow intestines in our soup. Through out the day we get to play tons of games like Bingo, three legged race, water balloon toss, and perhaps sign up for the Horse Shoes tournament. If you’re into exercise things, you can run the race around the lake… pond. Lake/pond, it’s pretty small. You can fish in it, but probably don’t eat the fish. Just throw it back in when you’re done. I’m in charge of the “Talent Show”, also known as “All the kids just pick their favorite song and dance to it” show. It’s so cute to see all the little cousins dancing their hearts out. Some on beat, most of them not, but still super cute. By the end of the day, there is usually a pretty vicious water fight. Everyone goes home sun burned and soaking wet.

I’m pretty lucky to be a part of such an awesome family. I hope this tradition never dies so that when I have kids (just kidding i’m not having kids). So when my sister or brothers have kids, they can enjoy and learn about who we are and where we come from. You know what the say, “A family that plays three legged race together, stays together”, because it’s hard to get your legs untangled from each other.


50 Comments

  1. Homer Buffington, July 17, 2012:

    Hello Anjelah, This is Homer, one of your biggest fans in the Charlotte, NC. area. My wife Stephanie and I saw you a few months ago when you came to the Comedy Zone in Charlotte. I know you have a big heart and I was wondering if you could do us a big favor. My wife and I have a son that has special needs, he is deaf, and has been implanted with Cochlear Implants since he was two years old. He has to go to the doctor and therapies each week and we are on a limited budget. I truly believe that “a merry heart does good like a medicine to the soul.” When my wife and I, and a couple friends of ours came to see you in Charlotte, you gave us the gift of laughter. We really needed to laugh and I was wondering if you could bless us with tickets, my wife and I, to your upcoming show in Charlotte, NC. We are not trying to use our son’s condition to just get free tickets, we just know that we will not be able to afford tickets again to see you and we sure could use another dose of medicine. Thank you for opening the hearts of millions so that you can reach down inside of us and touch our hearts. Your number one fans Homer and Stephanie B. God bless and keep you!!

  2. Justine Durham, July 17, 2012:

    Hi Anjelah!:) I love ur jokes and videos and standup comedy cd and I have one of ur shirts and I entered ur 2nd shirt design contest also I have a friend her name is Isabela she is native american and mexican and hilarious just like u so plz pick my shirt and come to St.Louis:)

  3. Stacy, July 20, 2012:

    Anjelah,
    I just laughed out loud so much thanks to you and Netflix:) I have never heard of you only because I am busy with two children and work, so I do not watch much TV. Today I was tired after work, did not feel like running or going to the gym. I simply wanted to zone out. I came across your comedy special on Netflix and honestly I thought “Really? Does she think cute is going to get her laughs? I so gotta see this.” So I pushed play, and laughed so much:) Thank you for being you and using your talents to make others laugh. I hope that you make it to St. Louis sometime, I would so get tickets and make sure all my friends went too. I don’t usually leave msg on pages like this, but I ran up to my computer and looked you up right away to see when you would be in STL. You are not:( So I thought I would just tell you to keep up the great work, and thank you for the laughs. I cannot wait to share you with my friends!

    Sincerely,

    -Stacy

  4. Arturo, July 21, 2012:

    your are really beautiful i want ask you if like to have dinner with me??? 😀

  5. keulana, July 21, 2012:

    dear anjelah i love ur acting u are sooooo…hilarious!!!at first i had no clue who u were but now i watch ur videos almost everyday!i hope u make somemore videos they funny!!

  6. Julie, July 22, 2012:

    Is your current tour suitable for kids?

  7. Judith, July 24, 2012:

    Hey Angela my name is Judith.just wanted to say hi and I love your YouTube videos sometimes I wish I was you or was related to you love you bye

  8. Evelyn Marquez, July 24, 2012:

    Ommg You Are Soo Talented!! I Love You Girl Keep It Real. But Just Saying If You Did The Tomato Chanllenge I Would Lovee To See You Try The Cinnimon Challange. Keep Up The Funny!! – Love Babydoll

  9. john dougherty, July 25, 2012:

    Loved reading about your family reunion. I come from a small family of 10 but probably would have felt right at home at that reunion of your. Thank you for sharing that.

  10. Eileen, July 25, 2012:

    My moms maiden name is Casteneda!!! Maybe we are related!

  11. Liz Molina Graciani, July 25, 2012:

    Hi, I just wanted you to know that I am a huge fan. I have been having a rough year but watching you and listening to your jokes have made me smile and laugh. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and it has been very hard on myself and my family. I have a goal to be a Police officer and everything is on hold at this moment due to my disease and until I get better. I have a wonderful life partner Joan Vanessa and my 11 year old daughter Ciabella ( loves u). They have been very supportive and now Gluten Free also, just to support me. We have started a support group in Orlando called Living Gluten-Free in Orlando. We just started with FB page, Tweeter, and Meetup accounts. Soon we will have our first meetup. I was surprised by Joan last week with tickets to your show here in Orlando. I want you to know that I am very excited to be there and It will be my first in person comedy show. I hope to see you soon and to laugh and smile. Thank you for making people like myself laugh. God Bless
    Liz M. Graciani

  12. Nan Carpenter, July 27, 2012:

    You are incredibly talented and oh so funny! Never heard of you before today, and I have seen all of your videos on YouTube! Absolutely LOVE your impersonations of Vietnamese, Black, Latinos, and Whites! Hysterical! Keep on keepin it real, gf! Hahaha

  13. ALYSSA HERNANDEZ, July 29, 2012:

    Anjelah Johnson your so wonderful i Love you!Ive been watching you on netflix and on youtube. Going through hard times in foster care your shows really distracted my mind through the B.S so i wanted to say thank you:] your very blessed with the talent you have. I havnt really had the money to go see you at your shows but hopefully i do. I was wondering do u write to fans through mail? or through emails? i would die to get a letter or fan pic in the mail!:] your #1 fan Alyssa<3

  14. Denise, July 29, 2012:

    Where and when can we get your EP. Will you have it on ITunes?
    Great show in Reno last night!

  15. Dominick Gutierrez, July 31, 2012:

    Hello Angejah,
    My wife and I are coming to see you at the Hardrock Live in Orlando on 9/28. I was wondering if you typically do a meet & greet before or after your performances…my wife would DIE! Can’t wait to see you.
    D.

  16. Maddison & Brook, August 1, 2012:

    You really need to come to Atlanta, Georgia!! Us and our friends looveee you so PLEASSE come if not you RUU…!! Hahah just kidding (:

  17. Shawnase Rambes, August 2, 2012:

    I just wanted to say how much you have uplifted me. I am in the USAF, been deployed several times and had to leave my son with my mother, who has conquered 3 different cancers. I, myself have, battled infertility, multiple illnesses due to my career; yet found the love of my life. I am married and happy, you are coming to Albuquerque and I would love to take my mother, who is now cancer free to your show. I only ask that maybe you recoginze all the sacrifices she’s had to made for my career (even while she is sick)and for herself. She is my hero and always will be. My son enjoys spending time with her more than anything and I want her to know that I want the world to know she is my everything. Thank you and God Bless.

  18. Jeff, August 2, 2012:

    Just got 5 tickets for your show in mpls – my son is 11 and your show is clean but just wondering if jo koy is appropriate for my kids ?

  19. Jessica Keenum, August 4, 2012:

    HEY! You’re coming to Alabama?!? That is shockingly amazing! You can do accents like nobody; please, feel free to mock our southern slang! Safe travels and thanks for all the laughs!

  20. Nexus, August 5, 2012:

    Hi was wondering if you could post a video clip on the standup you did about your sister from “Thats How We Do It” :D. Everytime i hear you do the police sirens, i crack up laughing so hard. Also thanks for making people laugh :)cheerleading aint got nothing on your line of work now.

  21. Keith, August 5, 2012:

    Anjelah you are so beautiful <3 =) an I love your comedy.

  22. aiko, August 6, 2012:

    anjelah, I saw you this sunday and it was so amazing, you are soo amazing, LOVE sister in christ

  23. Coral, August 7, 2012:

    Hi Anjelah! There are a bunch of us here at NSU optometry school in the Miami/ Fort lauderdale area that would love to see you perform. I know you have a show in Orlando but its tough to get there with all the exams we have to study for. By any chance can you make it out to the area?

  24. Mary, August 10, 2012:

    hi i love ur bon qui qui thing. u rock!!!!

  25. Tony Facio, August 11, 2012:

    Anjelah you are too funny!! Take care and God bless!!

  26. Tasha, August 15, 2012:

    Hey Anjelah,first of all let me say that my kids and I are huge fans of yours. we try to watch every show or movie just because it has your name in it. Im begging you to come back to memphis,tn for a show, who knows you may find another character as u did bon qui qui…cousin maybe…lol!!!!!

  27. Essence Simmons, August 19, 2012:

    Hi my name is Essence i go to nashville school of arts im 16 and i think that you’re just amazing and funny and i hope that you keep making videos cuz theyre awesome!!!!

  28. josh Haviere, August 19, 2012:

    Why don’t you move back to Mexico so you can eat real Mexican food?

  29. Wendy, August 21, 2012:

    A friend just sent me your beautiful nail video. I have laughed so much, and watched all of your other videos. I was soooooo sad to see that I barely missed you in Vegas. Please come back soon!!!!

  30. karen, August 21, 2012:

    Anjelah, on your tour for 2012, Denver colorado is not in it.. what’s up with that girl? We are wanting to see you here too!! please make it happen.. Cheers!! hope to see you in Denver!!!

  31. Lindsey, August 23, 2012:

    Just looked at your tour dates and don’t see any for Texas in there. Did I miss them all?! You need to come back to Austin! We need a little Bon Qui Qui in our lives.

  32. nathalia perez, August 25, 2012:

    You need to stop eating so much TC! Starting to show.

  33. julio stajas, August 25, 2012:

    Another mexican

  34. Sharen, August 26, 2012:

    Just watched your comedy show on Netflix, you are very talented enjoyed it very much.

  35. Jose "HOZO" Tamez, August 26, 2012:

    You rock! Orale!!!

  36. Jose "HOZO" Tamez, August 26, 2012:

    very talented!

  37. Adriana Lopez, August 29, 2012:

    heyy Anjelah ! i am very much in love with your work. i can see your videos all the time and yur music video was comedy . your really beautiful and one day i will be happy to meet you (: i cant wait to see you in modesto in october. i look forward to meeting you. and take a fan picture i hope. keep up thee qood work (:

  38. Melissa, August 29, 2012:

    dear anjelah johnson,would you ever come to florence sometime because i would love to meet you someday!? keep up the good work.
    Melissa

  39. Jose Salas, August 29, 2012:

    when will you come to Dallas ? i would spread the word all around im a big fan of your comedy and your commercials you look amazing lol

  40. Jude, August 30, 2012:

    Please come to the Hard Rock in Hollywood Florida. All the hardworking teachers at my school would love to see you.

  41. Cassandra, September 1, 2012:

    I just saw that you will be doing a show in Modesto, Ca. I can’t wait to for tickets to go on sale. From a fellow Santa Clara county native, you are hilarious as hell and I can’t wait to see you in person instead of on youtube.

  42. Carolann Wells, September 1, 2012:

    I will be attending your 9:45 show in phoenix az its my husbands birthday can you give him a shout out! His name is Randy! Love you gurl!

  43. Norma, September 5, 2012:

    Hi Anjelah:

    I bought tickets to see you next week, in Raleigh, NC.
    I will be seeing you with my 8 y-o daughter (Cristina), she loves you to no end, and loves doing your routines! I bought the tickets a couple of months ago, and I told her she would not be going with me if she didn’t keep or improved her grades. Little did I know, she would be coming home with a ‘super-speller’ certificate to make sure she would come see you!!
    Would it be possible for you to give a shout out to Cristina during your performance? I know is a long shot, and you might not be able to, but I am not loosing anything by trying, right?

    Best wishes,
    Proud momma

  44. Samantha Cardona, September 6, 2012:

    can you pretty please come to nyc or jersey:)I would love to attend your show! I love that your so funny but love that your a Female comedian even more!#girlpower! lol

  45. Brandon, September 6, 2012:

    Are you going to be getting your own TV show soon? Or maybe like a reality TV series? PLEASE!
    “Don’t Play”

  46. Misty, September 11, 2012:

    Haaayyy Guuurrl!! Waiting on you to make a stop In Indianapolis!!!! U have a huge following in this area also, U shud let us laugh with u soon 🙂 !!!

  47. Kala, September 12, 2012:

    AJ, I have shown the Bon Qui Qui video to numerous people and everyone LTAO. lol. Would love to see you come to Kansas City to Zona Rosa’s Improv Comedy Club. I’ve watched the salon clip about 10 times in the last two days to cheer me up while home sick from work. You are awesome. Hope to see you soon!

  48. omari, September 16, 2012:

    Do you have any show dates scheduled for Chicago? I want to surprise my co-workers with tickets. Let me know thx

  49. Jennifer West, September 18, 2012:

    i was just wondering if you knew when you would be in Dallas, Tx again? My aunt and i just love you and her birthday is coming up..

  50. LaTanya, September 19, 2012:

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    Adult Comedians

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    If you are a very funny comedian,

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    you know someone who is,

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    Submit promotion package no later than 10/31/2012

    Thank you for your interest and support!!

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    Best as Ever,

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    “together we stand-divided we fall”

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