Tyler at the 2014 Comic-Con International
September 18, 1970 |
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Spouse||Jeff Tietjens (m. 1992)|
Aisha Tyler (born September 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, author, writer, and music video director, known for her regular role as Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer and voicing Lana Kane in Archer, as well as her recurring roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup, and on Friends as Charlie Wheeler. She is a co-host of The Talk and the new host of Whose Line is it Anyway? She is also known for hosting the past three Ubisoft E3 press conferences.
Early life and education
Tyler was born in San Francisco, the daughter of Robin Gregory, a teacher, and Jim Tyler, a photographer. Her parents divorced when she was 10 and she was raised by her father. She pursued an early interest in comedy during high school; she attended McAteer High School in San Francisco, which had a special program called McAteer School of the Arts, where she attended improv and theater classes. She attended Dartmouth College, where she earned a degree in environmental policy and was a member of The Tabard, a co-ed fraternity. At Dartmouth, she co-founded and sang in the Dartmouth Rockapellas, an all-female a cappella group devoted to spreading social awareness through song. After briefly working for a San Francisco advertising firm, she toured the country pursuing a comedy career before finally moving to Los Angeles in 1996.
Her career in television took off in 2001 with jobs as the host of Talk Soup and the reality-dating series The Fifth Wheel, although Talk Soup was cancelled the following year and Tyler left The Fifth Wheel in 2002 to pursue other interests. Tyler has devoted a significant amount of her time to independent projects, including a role in the play Moose Mating, for which she received an NAACP Image Award. She also wrote, directed, and starred in the independent short film The Whipper. Moving into acting, Tyler featured in Friends, having a recurring role as Charlie Wheeler, Joey's and then Ross' girlfriend in the ninth and tenth seasons. She followed this up with guest spots on CSI: Miami and Nip/Tuck, as well as balancing season-long recurring roles on both CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and 24 during the 2004–2005 TV season. She also filmed her own sitcom pilot for CBS, which was not picked up. She has guest-starred on MADtv.
Following her regular role on the CBS series Ghost Whisperer during its first season, Tyler appeared in several movies, including The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, .45, and the comedy Balls of Fury. In 2007, she filmed the thriller Death Sentence and the crime drama Black Water Transit. She also continues to appear on television, with appearances on Boston Legal, Reno 911!, The Boondocks, and as a guest movie critic on several episodes of At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, filling in for the absent Roger Ebert while he recuperated from surgery.
Tyler has moved into print media as a regular contributor to Glamour, Jane and Entertainment Weekly magazines. Her first book, Swerve: A Guide to the Sweet Life for Postmodern Girls was released in January 2004. Tyler also plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Futures Without Violence charity (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund). She also made a guest appearance on Kanye West's single, "Slow Jamz", which also featured Twista and Jamie Foxx. Philanthropy and charity work are very important to Tyler, and she regularly does volunteer work for the American Red Cross, The Trust for Public Land, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the International Rescue Committee. Tyler appeared in a nude pictorial, along with other celebrities, in the May 2006 issue of Allure. Allure's annual Nude Issue raises money to combat skin cancer.
In May 2009 it was announced that ABC had given Tyler her own talk show pilot, The Aisha Tyler Show. In early May 2010 she presented Bungie's "Welcome to the Beta" video for Halo: Reach. She also went on to voice a minor character in the game.
In August 2010 Tyler began appearing in a recurring guest spot on The Stephanie Miller Show. The segment is named "Tuesdays With Tyler." Tyler appears either in studio or via the phone when she is not otherwise committed to one of her acting roles. While Hal Sparks is out of the country, Tyler is filling in as the third member of the Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour on three shows in August 2011. In October, with the announcement of Tyler's casting on CBS' The Talk, she announced on The Stephanie Miller Show that while she would no longer be able to join them in studio, she would still contribute via phone, and Miller hinted that she would rejoin the Sexy Liberal tour, although no date has been set for her return.
Starting July 26, 2011, Tyler started her own weekly podcast, Girl on Guy, where she interviews her favorite celebrity friends and discusses topics guys love. According to her site, aishatyler.com, Girl on Guy is available on her website for download using iTunes, mp3, and RSS. The show launched as the No. 4 comedy podcast on iTunes and currently is the No. 2 comedy podcast, and the No. 7 overall podcast on iTunes. The first "weekly installment" (according to Tyler) of Girl on Guy with guest H. Jon Benjamin started July 25, 2011, the second with the host of Current TV's former show InfoMania Brett Erlich debuted August 1, 2011, and the third with Archer creator Adam Reed debuted August 9, 2011.
In October 2011 it was announced that Tyler would join the cast of The Talk as a permanent co-host, replacing Holly Robinson Peete. Her first full week as a co-host lasted from Monday, October 24, 2011, until Friday, October 28, 2011. Tyler presented Ubisoft's press conference at E3 2012 in June, which received some backlash from fans who didn't believe Tyler was a gamer. This caused Tyler to respond with a poem about how she's been playing video games "since you were a twinge in the left side of your daddy's underoos." She returned to host the publisher's press conference the following year. In July 2013, Tyler's second book, Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation--which became a New York Times bestseller--is based upon questions asked of guests on Girl on Guy debuted in bookstores. In March 2013, Tyler was confirmed to be the new host of the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. She also appears briefly as herself in the video game Watch Dogs and is featured in the music video for the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Tacky".
Tyler married attorney Jeff Tietjens in May 1992. Tyler and her husband are avid fans of beer; both are home brewers. She discussed her love and passion for beer on DC 101's Elliot in the Morning and The Sharon Osbourne Show. In a January 2012 interview with HoboTrashcan.com, Tyler said she doesn't have as much time for home brewing now as she did in her twenties and early thirties, though she wishes she could get back into it. Tyler is also a vocal advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community. 
Tyler also loves to cook. One of her favorite activities used to be to go to a gourmet restaurant and order a meal and then to try to replicate that meal in her home kitchen. Tyler is an avid gamer, with the Halo series being her favorite.
|2000||Dancing in September||Woman with Weave|
|2002||The Santa Clause 2||Mother Nature|
|2003||One Flight Stand||Alexis|
|2004||Never Die Alone||Nancy|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Mother Nature|
|For One Night||Desiree Howard|
|2007||Death Sentence||Detective Wallis|
|Balls of Fury||Mahogany|
|Bedtime Stories||Donna Hynde|
|2009||Black Water Transit||Casey Spandau|
|2010||Committed||Short film; director, editor, producer, writer|
|1996||Nash Bridges||Reporter||Guest role|
|Grand Avenue||Girl No. 1||TV movie|
|1999||The Pretender||Angela Somerset||Guest role|
|2001||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Shaq's Girlfriend||Guest role|
|Off Limits||Guest role|
|The Fifth Wheel||Host|
|2002||The Sausage Factory||Jamie||Guest role|
|2003–2004||Friends||Charlie Wheeler||9 episodes|
|CSI: Miami||Janet Medrano||Guest role|
|2004||Slow Jamz||Herself||Music Video|
|2004||Untitled Aisha Tyler Project||Melanie Haywood||Rejected TV pilot|
|Nip/Tuck||Manya Mabika||Guest role|
|2004–2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mia Dickerson||Recurring role, 8 ep.|
|2005||24||Marianne Taylor||7 episodes|
|2005–2006||Ghost Whisperer||Andrea Marino||Series regular, 23 episodes|
|2006||For One Night||Desiree Howard||TV movie|
|2007||Boston Legal||Taryn Campbell||Guest role|
|The Boondocks||Luna||Guest role|
|2008||Million Dollar Password||Herself||Celebrity Player|
|Reno 911||Befany Dangle||Guest role|
|2009||Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore||Herself||Stand-up special|
|Celebrity Jeopardy!||Herself||Celebrity episode|
|2009–||Archer||Agent Lana Kane||Series regular|
|2010||Chelsea Lately||Herself||Guest Interview|
|The Forgotten||Lydia Townsend||Guest role|
|2011||XIII: The Series||Major Jones||Series regular|
|2011||RuPaul's Drag Race 3||Herself||Guest judge|
|2012–2013||Glee||Jake Puckerman's Mother||Guest role|
|2013-||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Herself||Host|
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Savannah Walker||Guest role|
|2013||The Getaway||Herself||Guest host|
|2014||The Escape[disambiguation needed]||Aisha|
|2014||Modern Family||Wendy||Guest role|
|2014||@midnight||Herself||Episode dated July 17, 2014|
|2010||Halo: Reach||Female Trooper 2||Minor Role|
|2011||Gears of War 3||Commander Walker||"RAAM's Shadow" Downloadable content|
|2011–||Weekly Podcast||Girl on Guy|
|2013||Ubisoft Press Conference Host||E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo|
|2014||Ubisoft Press Conference Host||E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo|
|2014||Special Guest||The GameOverGreggy Show|
|2003||"Slow Jamz"||Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx|
|2009||"Nowassitall"||from her DVD Aisha Tyler is Lit|
|2013||"Simmer"||Silversun Pickups; Director, Editor|
|2013||"Crucial Velocity"||Clutch; Director|
|2014||"Tacky"||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
- Tyler, Aisha (2005). Swerve. Plume. ISBN 978-0452286320.
- Tyler, Aisha (2013). Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation. It Books. ISBN 978-0062223777.
- Sharon Osbourne (October 24, 2011). "From Talk Soup to The Talk: Aisha Tyler Makes Her Morning-Show Debut!". E! Online. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
- "Aisha Tyler Biography". Film Reference. 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
- "Adam Carolla Podcast". March 9, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2008.
- Tyler, Aisha; 237 p (2004). Swerve: A Guide to the Sweet Life for Postmodern Girls. New York: Plume. ISBN 0-525-94806-6.
- Staff writers (April 24, 2007). "Carla Gugino – Stars line up for naked spread". Contact Music. Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008.
- "Aisha Tyler Nabs Talk Show Pilot". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
- Off to voice a character in Halo:Reach tomorrow. Dreams really do come true. Aisha Tyler's Twitter, February 24, 2010.
- Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour
- [dead link]
- "Aisha Tyler Rants "I've Been a Gamer Since Before You Could Read."". kotaku.com. 2012-06-13. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- "Dear Gamers". facebook.com. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- "His line: Improv master Ryan Stiles returns to the PAC". wenatcheeworld.com. February 28, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- Staff writers (April 2, 2004). "Aisha Tyler's Home-Brewed Beer". Contact Music. Archived from the original on June 29, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2008.[dead link]
- Joel Murphy (January 19, 2012). "One on One with Aisha Tyler". HoboTrashcan. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
-  Bio – Aisha Tyler Official Website
- Aisha Tyler – Internet Movie Database
- Eakin, Marah (May 20, 2013). "Watch a new, Aisha Tyler-directed video about Silversun Pickups". A.V. Club. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Simmer". Silversun Pickups. May 20, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- Teitelman, Bram (August 29, 2013). "Clutch got Aisha Tyler to direct a video". Metal Insider. Retrieved April 24, 2014.