Anjelah Johnson

Cache Creek invites you to laugh at a former Raiders cheerleader

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - 5:27 pm

In what’s become her breakout comedy routine, comedian Anjelah Johnson impersonates a Vietnamese manicurist – an edgy caricature complete with phony praise and oblique criticism served with a smile and foreign-language asides.

Also in Johnson’s onstage repertoire? Bon Qui Qui, a fast-food employee who works at “King Burger” and refuses to take complicated orders, often calling security.

Born and raised in San Jose, Johnson, a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader, moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to chase a comedy career. Not long after, a video of her “Nail Salon” routine went viral, leading to a stint on MADtv (during which she introduced Bon Qui Qui).

While still not a huge name in the standup world, Johnson, who is of Mexican and American Indian descent and comes from a devout Catholic family, has managed to create two characters people want to hear from (and laugh with) again and again. Those routines and more can be seen at Cache Creek on Saturday. (8 and 10 p.m.; $39, $49;

Elsewhere this week:

The reggae-flavored rockers Iration bring their Automatic Winter Tour to the MontBleu on Saturday. Armed with their third album (“Automatic Iration”), they bring along Natural Vibrations, The Movement and Micah Brown. (7:30 p.m.; $25;

Toad the Wet Sprocket reunited three years ago and still plays on the memory wagon, reviving hits such as “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean,” and doing so at Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday. (7:30 p.m.; $29.70;

Thompson Square was named the vocal duo of the year in 2013 by the Academy of Country Music (it also won the award in 2012) and since has released “Just Feels Good.” Kiefer and Shawna Thompson make up the duo, performing Thursday at Jackson Rancheria. (7 p.m.; $25;

North Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley team up for their annual Wedding Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday. Few locations in North America are as popular for weddings as Lake Tahoe, and planning ahead is wise (

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