Aisha Tyler’s talent and versatility sparked her rapid ascent in Hollywood. Her hot-streak stint at the head of E! Entertainment’s Talk Soup landed her firmly in the Hollywood spotlight and revitalized the Emmy®-winning show, which she was the first woman and African-American to captain. After leaving Talk Soup, Tyler moved quickly into television and film roles, enjoying another first — the first African-American to play an extended character arc on NBC’s Friends. She co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the CBS hit Ghost Whisperer, had extended roles on two of television’s top dramas, CSI and 24, and has made numerous appearances on shows, including, Nip/Tuck, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911! and more.
She is currently a co-host of CBS’ hit show The Talk, and voices the character of sexy superspy ‘Lana’ on FX’s hit animated series Archer. Debuting in 2010 as the highest-rated new show in FX history, Archer continues to receive critical praise and is currently in its fifth season of production. Tyler is the new host of Whose Line Is It Anyway? filling the role previously held by Drew Carey, as it returned to the CW with the original cast in summer 2013. An immediate smash hit, a second season of 24 episodes has already been ordered.
Tyler is the creator and host of an award-winning podcast, “Girl on Guy.” Chosen as a best new comedy podcast of 2011 by iTunes, “Girl on Guy” is a show about stuff guys love, brought to you by the ultimate guy’s girl. From comedians, actors and athletes, to Pulitzer-winning novelists, spirits distillers and chefs, Tyler’s guests are varied and dynamic. The podcast has over 6 million downloads since its inception in July of 2011, and it is 5-star rated by thousands of fans on iTunes. It is also frequently the number one comedy podcast on iTunes.
Tyler’s second book, Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation, came out in July 2013 and was an immediate New York Times Best Seller. A series of hilarious comic essays, the book is about times in her life she found herself in the middle of spectacularly humiliating incidents, entirely of her own making. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, Tyler’s life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And through it all, Tyler’s success hasn’t come in spite of the failures, but because of them. Because with every failure comes a lesson learned, a strength revealed, a fear overcome, or an adventure braved. Self-Inflicted Wounds is about embracing failure on the winding path to success.
In 2009, Tyler returned to her stand-up comedy roots, starring in a hilarious one-hour special for Comedy Central, Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore. The special is now available everywhere, on both DVD and digital download, and includes additional behind-the-scenes footage and a music video she wrote, directed, and stars in — the viral emo-rap video “Nowassitall.” Tyler has used her trademark wit in multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, Politically Incorrect, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CNN and many more.
Tyler co-starred with Stuart Townsend in the spy, action-adventure series XIII, based on the graphic novel of that name and airing on the REELZ channel. She has had roles in Adam Sandler’s hit Bedtime Stories, the crime drama Death Sentence opposite Kevin Bacon and the Universal comedy Balls of Fury, with Christopher Walken. She completed filming Black Water Transit, a film set in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, directed by iconic Brit Tony Kaye and starring Lawrence Fishburne. Tyler also had roles in .45, opposite Milla Jovovich, and Santa Clause III with Tim Allen.
Tyler is a celebrated author, having released the successful Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Post-Modern Girl in 2004. A collection of hilarious comic essays on pop-culture, the book has been praised for its frank and funny look at what it’s like to be a girl. Tyler is also a frequent contributor to Glamour Magazine, for which she has written pieces about the media’s unrealistic portrayal of feminine beauty.
Tyler has many additional interests. An avid video game player, she was named to the exclusive seven-member Halo game council and will be a featured character in the hotly-anticipated Ubisoft game Watchdogs. She does a substantial amount of charitable work as well, acting as a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, acting as a board member of Planned Parenthood, teaching Dove self-esteem workshops for teenage girls, consulting with the Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People project, and fund-raising for Doctors Without Borders, the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the International Rescue Committee. She’s also the reigning Celebrity Jeopardy champ.
Critical acclaim for Tyler has been effusive. Esquire called Tyler “sweetly wicked,” designating her one of its “Women We Love”. TV Guide called her one of television’s “In Crowd.” Maxim anointed her one of its “Hot 100” two years in a row.