Hometown: San Francisco, California
Aisha Tyler serves as the new host of the critically acclaimed improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” which features the return of cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie.
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 “Friends.” She co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the hit drama “Ghost Whisperer,” had extended roles on two of television’s top dramas “CSI” and “24,” and has made numerous appearances on other series, including, “Nip/Tuck,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Reno 911” and more.
She is currently a co-host of Emmy-nominated show “The Talk,” and voices the character of sexy superspy Lana on the hit animated series “Archer.” Debuting in 2010 as the highest-rated new show, “Archer,” has been picked up for a fifth season. Tyler also co-stars with Stuart Townsend in the action adventure TV series, “XIII,” based on the internationally best-selling graphic novel of the same name and airing on the REELZ network.
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,” is due out July 9, 2013. Based on a recurring element of the podcast, the book is a series of comic essays.
Tyler is already 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 GlamourMagazine, for which she has written pieces about the media’s unrealistic portrayal of feminine beauty.
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,” “The Late Late Show” and many more.
Tyler 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. She also had roles in “.45,” opposite Milla Jovovich, and “Santa Clause III,” with Tim Allen.
An avid video game player, Tyler was named to the exclusive seven-member Halo game council. 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. In Summer 2013, Aisha Tyler will again host video game giant Ubisoft's official press conference at the influential E3 convention and is the only woman to front such an event.
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.