Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Birthday: September 18
Aisha Tyler is a multifaceted actor, director, comedian, author, Emmy Award-winning host, podcaster and activist. Previously, she served as host for seven seasons of CBS’ Daytime Emmy Award-winning THE TALK. In addition, she currently voices the character of Lana on FXX’s Emmy-winning animated series “Archer,” and is host of comedy improv favorite “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
Tyler is a director, helming her first feature film in 2017, the action-thriller “Axis,” which garnered an award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and had a theatrical run at Landmark Theaters in New York, Arclight in Hollywood, and Drafthouse in Austin, garnering rave reviews. Also, Tyler directed an episode of CRIMINAL MINDS in seasons 13 and 14.
In 2018 Tyler hosted her own AMC talk show, “Unapologetic,” the “after-show” to AMC’s scripted series “Dietland.” As host, she guided discussions on relevant feminist issues raised by “Dietland” scripts, and by the current political climate and #Time’s Up movement, with guests including thought leaders from the worlds of entertainment, politics, pop culture and beyond.
A best-selling author, Tyler’s book Self Inflicted Wounds, Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation debuted on the New York Times best-seller list in July of 2013. Based on a recurring element of her podcast, Self Inflicted Wounds came out in paperback fall 2014. The podcast she created and hosts, “Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler,” was chosen by iTunes as a best new comedy podcast of 2011, and has over 15 million downloads to date.
In early 2019, Tyler will launch a line of premium bottled cocktails, called Courage+Stone. Inspired by her love of bartenders’ expertly made craft beverages, Tyler personally developed the line of ready-to-pour classic cocktails.
Tyler’s first big break was as host of E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup,” which landed her in the Hollywood spotlight and revitalized the Emmy Award-winning show, which she was the first woman and African-American to captain. After leaving “Talk Soup,” Tyler moved into television and film roles, enjoying another first — the first African-American to play an extended character arc on “Friends.” Then, she co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt in “Ghost Whisperer,” had extended roles on two of television’s top dramas, “CSI,” on the Network, and “24,” and made numerous guest appearances on series including “Nip/Tuck,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Reno 911.” Tyler co-starred with Stuart Townsend in the action-adventure TV series, “XIII,” based on the internationally best-selling graphic novel of the same name.
In 2009, Tyler returned to her stand-up comedy roots, starring in a one-hour special for Comedy Central, “Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore.” She has used her wit in multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Today Show,” “Politically Incorrect,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” CNN and many more.
Tyler’s feature film credits include “Bedtime Stories,” “Death Sentence” opposite Kevin Bacon, and “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 Tony Kaye and starring Lawrence Fishburne. Also, Tyler appeared in “.45,” opposite Milla Jovovich, and “Santa Clause III,” with Tim Allen.
People Magazine honored Tyler as one of the women featured in 2012’s “Most Beautiful” issue. Esquire called Aisha “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.
She is an avid video game player, and was named to the exclusive seven-member Halo game council. She does charitable work as well, and is a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, a board member of Planned Parenthood, teaches Dove self-esteem workshops for teenage girls, consults with the Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People project, and fundraises for Doctors Without Borders, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, International Rescue Committee and 826LA, a branch of novelist Dave Egger’s foundation which mentors young people by teaching them to write and become published authors. Also, she is a “Celebrity Jeopardy” champion.
Tyler was born in San Francisco and lives in Los Angeles. Her birthday is Sept. 18. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @aishatyler.