February 7, 2023

Anjelah Johnson-Reyes: Trauma Brought The Gift of Help

Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (stand-up comedian, actress, author) discusses her journey from professional cheerleader to stand up comedy, the benefits of aligning with your intuition, and how she was able to work through physical and emotional trauma with her dad. She opens up about relying on God to reveal her path in life, how her family’s fear about not fitting into American culture kept her from exploring her heritage, and the mindblowing paranormal experience that put her supernatural podcast on hiatus. Mayim and Anjelah recount going on a USO tour together. They consider the difficulty of breaking family patterns, the benefits of assessing practical outcomes for anxiety-inducing situations, and why we subconsciously assign others authority roles over us.

Theme Song Written, Produced, and Performed by Ed Robertson. Mixed by Kenny Luong.
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Anjelah Johnson-Reyes

Comedian, Actress

Mayim Bialik


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