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‘The Talk’ star Aisha Tyler lets loose on her career

Colette Greenstein | 4/16/2014, 12:11 p.m.
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Aisha Tyler

One of the busiest actors working in Hollywood today is the super smart, funny, and multi-talented Aisha Tyler. She’s seen daily around the country as a co-host on CBS’ Emmy nominated “The Talk,” voices the sexy superspy Lana on FX’s hit animated show “Archer,” and is the new host of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” filling the role previously held by Drew Carey.

Tyler began acting in high school at the San Francisco School of the Arts before going on to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where she graduated with a dual degree in government and environmental policy. After graduation, Tyler headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

One of Tyler’s first major gigs there was as host of E! Entertainment’s pop culture show “Talk Soup,” where she was the first woman and African-American to host. Since that time, Tyler has demonstrated her acting chops on a range of television shows from the dramas “Ghost Whisperer,” “CSI” and “24” to the comedies “Friends,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Reno 911.” She has also made the leap to film with roles in “Bedtime Stories” opposite Adam Sandler; with Christopher Walken in “Balls of Fury” and with Tim Allen in “Santa Clause III.”

Never one to rest on her laurels, Tyler is the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast, “Girl on Guy,” which she describes as “a show about stuff guys love brought to you by the ultimate guy’s girl.” Her podcast, which has over 7 million downloads, was chosen as a “Best New Comedy” podcast in 2011 by iTunes. “Girl on Guy” has also been nominated for Stitcher and Webby awards, and has featured a “who’s who” of guests from comedians Chris Rock and Margaret Cho to actors John Cho and Harold Perrineau to chef Marcus Samuelsson and rapper Talib Kweli.

In between her TV and film gigs, Aisha has also written two books. Her first book was called “Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl,” and her second book “Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation” was published in July 2013. It quickly hit the New York Times best-sellers list. “Self-Inflicted Wounds” is a series of comic essays about times in her life where she found herself in spectacularly humiliating incidents, entirely of her own making. Just earlier this month, it was announced that the book was optioned by CBS Television Studios to adapt the writing into a comedy series.

Tyler also recently appeared on an episode of Modern Family and is currently taping a new Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”) pilot for HBO called “Open” about non-monogamous relationships. Even with all of her projects, stand-up comedy still remains very close to her heart. In 2009, she starred in her own one-hour Comedy Central special called “Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore,” and continues to tour around the country performing stand-up.

The Banner recently spoke with Aisha Tyler about her many projects, her dream guest on “The Talk,” and her love for stand-up comedy.