Hi everybody, this is Jen Hatmaker, your host of the For The Love Podcast. Welcome to the show. You’re going to get a nice surprise today. We’re in a series called For the Love of Funny and today’s guest is really one of my favorite people, period. Certainly one of my favorite people to follow. She joined us actually in the very first year of our show when we had a similar series called For the Love of Laughter, and she was fire then and she’s fire now, and we became friends on that show and we’ve kept up with each other ever since.
I just am so happy that she’s back on and this whole interview is so special and so different than what I expected, she really let us into her story today. I’m talking of course about the phenomenal Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, one of our favorite comedians in the whole wide world. So you probably know her initially from her awesome nail salon comedy sketch, that sent her viral and really launched her career and her character on MadTV and her amazing comedy specials. Maybe you’ve seen her on tour.
So five years ago, life was a lot different for her. Well, for both of us, frankly, I was married, and nobody ever heard of Covid. Anjelah was just six years into her marriage. Her career was red hot and she and her husband Manuel had just decided; we’re not going to have kids. We’re career folks and we’re just going to be married forever without kids. Then she wrote a bunch of bits around that, but you know what? Life comes at you fast sometimes, doesn’t it? Pandemics happen and marriages end and babies get born. Anjelah had a baby this year. We’re going to talk all about this. Her baby Rosie Harlow Reyes just turned three months last week. It is a whole story, which she shares with us with a lot of generosity. We’re so happy for them and she’s going to talk about why and how she changed her mind and what it was like to get pregnant. This is a girl who used to make jokes about this, how she would walk by a pregnant girl on the street and hold her breath so she wouldn’t catch her pregnant vibe!
We talk all about that and other things have happened too. She started some podcasts. One she does with Manny, they call themselves Manjela, another called Ghost Stories. She had a biography come out last year called Who Do I Think I Am? She did a ton of touring and she’s been really open about what life has been like since becoming a 41-year-old first-time mom, which we also talk about. She’s sharing those thoughts on her YouTube channel with some videos she’s reporting called Postpartum Confessions, which are tender, funny, and vulnerable and you will love them. So, no matter who you are, you’re going to love this conversation today. She is just a gem. She is solid gold and I’m so thrilled to bring you my conversation with Anjelah Johnson-Reyes.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Anjelah’s Comedy Specials
Anjelah’s Latest Special at the Ryman in Nashville
Anjelah’s Nail Salon Bit
Who Do I Think I Am: Stories of Chola Wishes and Caviar Dreams by Anjelah Johnson
Anjelah’s Podcasts Including Manjelah