Recording information: Verizon Theater, Houston, TX.
Photographers: Scott Robert Lim; Sal Baldovinos.
After a brief stint on MADtv plus a set of popular YouTube videos, comedian, actress, and former cheerleader Anjelah Johnson earned a loyal following thanks mostly to two of her characters, Bon Qui Qui the ghetto fabulous fast food employee plus Tammy the shifty nail salon employee. Both are here on her very funny debut album, and while Johnson doesn't flat-out introduce them, newcomers will know of their arrival thanks to the audience's overwhelming reaction. It's what they showed up to hear, but the comedian has plenty of material besides as she guides the crowd through her inner-city world of underage sneaking into R&B clubs and throwing your purse in the trees when muggers attack. There's plenty of charm in her laid-back yet sometimes saucy delivery, and she straddles being both a loyal churchgoer and a hood rat with ease, showing that the two lifestyles don't always have to be at odds. She does it all without curse words, too, although the many laughs here should be reserved for older teens and up, as the subject matter can get rather adult. ~ David Jeffries