Aisha 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, Aisha moved quickly into television and film roles, enjoying another first — the first African-American to play an extended character arc on NBC’s Friends. She co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the CBS hit Ghost Whisperer, had extended roles on two of television’s top dramas — CSI and 24, and has made numerous appearances on shows, including, Nip/Tuck, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911, The Boondocks and more. She is currently voicing the character of sexy superspy Lana Kane on FX’s new hit animated series “Archer,” which debuted in January 2010 as the highest-rated new show in FX history.
In 2009, Aisha 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.” Aisha 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, and The Late Late Show, CNN and many more.
Aisha 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. Aisha also had roles in “.45,” opposite Milla Jovovich, and “Santa Clause III” with Tim Allen.
Aisha is 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. Aisha is also a frequent contributor to Glamour Magazine, for which she has written pieces about the media’s unrealistic portrayal of feminine beauty.
Aisha has many additional interests. An avid video game player, she 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, 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.
Critical acclaim for Aisha has been effusive. 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.