Joyelle Nicole Johnson
Blonde Medicine is pleased to announce the Juneteenth (June 19, 2021) release of YELL JOY, the new comedy album from Joyelle Nicole Johnson. You can see Joyelle’s stand-up set on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from May 5, 2021 here.
Joyelle is a self-proclaimed “Jersey girl” but currently calls Atlanta home. She got her start in comedy when she moved to LA with her sister who was attending USC’s prestigious writers program. Joyelle decided to pursue acting, but also started going to comedy shows every month at the Laugh Factory for Chocolate Sundaes. The Comedy Playground, the Laugh Factory Wednesday sketch show hosted by Kevin Hart lured Joyelle in. The sketch troupe was full of stand-up comics (Tiffany Haddish, Rodney Perry, David Arnold) and Joyelle joined just as the show disbanded and Hart moved on to bigger things. Joyelle’s friend and fellow-comedian Candice Thompson approached her to try her hand at stand-up at open mics, and that’s all she wrote.
YELL JOY is comprised of pre-pandemic sets recorded at The Village Underground. Joyelle packs in the punchlines, and the audience is absolutely electrifying. She opted to celebrate the NY club format, keeping the showcase sets whole and releasing her debut album as 4 volumes - Friday Early, Friday Late, Saturday Early, and Saturday Late.
Joyelle describes the material on YELL JOY as “yelling onstage about the things that have happened to me that I managed to make funny”. However, upon hearing Joyelle’s work it is immediately apparent that “managing” to make a story funny is no fluke, but rather a craft of which Joyelle is a master. Joyelly describes one facet of her practice as follows:
“The best comedy advice that I ever received was this: if I’m having a conversation with someone and I tell a story that makes them laugh, write it down, it can be used on stage. My comedy is autobiographical, all of the things I talk about are true and have happened to me before. When I first started comedy I would have to relay stories to others before I could figure out if they were funny enough for the stage. Now I can figure out if something is funny on my own.”
The rest of us can be thankful Joyelle has done the work for us and figured out a whole lot of somethings that are very, very funny.
JOYELLE NICOLE JOHNSON “YELL JOY” TRACK LISTING:
1. Ladies and Gentlemen (Friday Early)
2. Matt DiCaprio
3. First Roommate: The Dominatrix
4. Dating at Sea
1. Make Some Noise (Friday Late)
2. We Can't Live Together
3. Dating for the Story
4. I Shouldn't Be Doing This
1. Welcome to the Stage (Saturday Early)
2. Second Roommate: The Puppy
3. A Little Bit of a Compliment
1. Clap It Up (Saturday Late)
2. A Chatty 90
3. Traveling to White Lands
4. Abortion Rights and Amtrak Trains
5. Claritin-D Required
6. Proofread by Noah Gardenswartz
ABOUT JOYELLE NICOLE JOHNSON:
Joyelle Nicole Johnson is an Atlanta based stand up comedian, writer and actress. She can be seen on the final season of HBO’s Crashing and was the warm up comic for Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act on Netflix. Joyelle made her network TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers and most recently contributed jokes to the final season of Broad City. She also combines her dream of comedy and activism by touring with Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead’s Abortion Access Front.
She has performed on Comedy Central’s digital series Comics to Watch, Wyatt Cenac’s Night Train for Seeso, Laff Tracks for TruTV as well as being a panelist for Refinery 29/Facebook Watch’s After After Party and MTV News. Joyelle was selected for the 2018 FOX Comedy Showcase, was a finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity Showcase and has performed at festivals like Sketchfest, Bonnaroo, The New York Comedy Festival and Bumbershoot. And while transitioning to the headliner that she is today she regularly featured for Hannibal Buress and has opened for Ilana Glazer, and Maria Bamford.
ABOUT BLONDE MEDICINE:
Blonde Medicine is a record label and production company based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. With roots in comedy and music production, they aim to help Artists make great art, no matter what form it may take.Their genre-spanning releases can be found at blondemedicine.com.