Alumna Khadjiah Johnson Makes Strides In Late Night on Emmy-Winning Team

BROOKLYN COLLEGE–With her drive and comedic flair, Khadjiah Johnson is leaving her mark on television and paving her path into the writer’s room. Along the way, Johnson proves she’s a force to be reckoned with, building part of the Emmy-winning team at “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” that was named “Outstanding Variety Talk Series” for the seventh time in a row. But before she found her footing in late night, Johnson was a Brooklyn College student majoring in English, deciding what suited her writing and live performance fortes. 

That’s until one day, while on spring break as a sophomore, she unexpectedly came across someone who’d become her biggest influence: comedian Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show.” 

“That’s when everything clicked,” Johnson told the Vanguard. “Late night to me merged the poetry world that I was so involved in and where I was traveling around the country doing. And it also merged a comedy that I was raised upon that I loved so much. I was like, what if poetry and comedy could live in the same space?”