Aisha Tyler has a lot going on in her life. She seems to do it all — several TV dramas, daytime talk shows, movies, podcasts, author, and stand-up comedy, which launched her multitalented endeavors.
The most dedicated of her fans know that the beautiful Aisha graduated DartmouthCollege, and then pursued a career as a comedian. Her comedy skills landed her a recurring role on Friends, and guest roles on TV dramas followed. Impressing everyone with her knack for action and adventure, she took on the role of Marianne Taylor in 24 for the 2005 season. “That was a cool show, and very different from anything else I had done at that point,” Aisha said when we sat down for an interview.
Since 24, the athletic gal was a regular on CSI and Ghost Whisperer, and currently is voicing her third season of the acclaimed FX Network’s animated adventure Archer. She brings her unique brand of comedy to her role as agent Lana Kane on the outrageous half-hour cartoon about spies. Agent Kane is described as “highly intelligent, stunningly beautiful, and a deadly force to be reckoned with — with centerfold curves and sharp wit.” Aisha jokes, “Yeah, that’s me.”
She also teases about doing some of the crazy stuff she has gotten to do in the animated world of Archer. “Sure, I’d like to go into space and kick a whole lot of butt. And each season they seem to draw my character with bigger boobs, two extra cup sizes. I think she’s going to die like a turtle on her back, suffocating under the weight of her own breasts.” Only in animation can you get away with all that. “It’s very creative,” Aisha says about Archer.
There’s a new exciting live action series, XIII, which just debuted on Reelz Channel, Fridays at 9 p.m. starring Stuart Townsend. The thriller hasTyler playing another kick-butt agent helping to unravel a conspiracy that could take down the most powerful government officials.
“I’ve been around,” Aisha says about the variety of productions she has done. “I seek out complex, difficult, interesting characters that get me excited. I like to play strong women who are unflinching, showing the lengths people are willing to go to accomplish whatever ends they’re after. That’s incredibly satisfying for me.”
Generally in television today, Aisha thinks they tend to “pull a lot of punches. They want women to be sympathetic and precious. I want to be the real deal and surprise you. I think women are just as driven as the men.” For anyone who has enjoyed Aisha’s ramblings as one of the co-hosts of the CBS daytime chat-show The Talk, you know she’s the “real deal” and speaks her mind.
Her film roles include Balls of Fury, .45, Death Sentence, The Santa Clause 2 & 3, and Bedtime Stories. She recently returned to her comedy roots in a Comedy Central special and DVD titled Aisha Tyler Is Lit: Live at the Fillmore.
Tyleris also a best-selling author of a hilarious collection of essays on pop culture entitled “Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Post-Modern Girl.” It is reminiscent of Aisha’s comedy that was sharpened when she was at the helm of E! Entertainment’s pop culture show Talk Soup. That made her an instant comedic cult icon who could hold her own against Bill Maher on Politically Incorrect and many other guest appearances.
On the personal side, Aisha has been married for 20 years to attorney Jeff Tietjens, and the couple has enjoyed brewing their own beer and being avid gamers, enjoying video games such as the Halo series.
Tyleris also proud about creating an iTunes Top-10 and 5-star rated podcast called Girl on Guy. It’s a show about stuff guys love, from a girl that guys would love to have as their gal-pal.