Congratulations, Houston, comedian Anjelah Johnson thinks you're the smartest city in the world. It could have something to do with the fact that H-town embraced Johnson early in her career. ''Even before my hometown, San Jose, got behind me, Houston was already on board. I get love from all over Texas, from the rest of the country, really, but Houston treats me like a hometown girl. It always has. I don't know how to explain it, except that maybe Houston is just smarter than the rest of the world.''
Much of Johnson's stand-up is based on ongoing characters. There's Bon Qui Qui, the smart-mouthed fast-food worker who constantly calls for security to deal with ''difficult'' customers, and Tammy, the noisy Vietnamese manicurist with a heavy, almost unintelligible accent. Johnson says her latest character is her husband of two years, Manwell Reyes from Group 1 Crew. ''I talk a lot about getting used to married life, about my husband. He gives me plenty of material.''
7 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Improv Comedy Showcase, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713‑333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com. $35 to $45.
April 25-28, 2013