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Aisha Tyler



Born September 18th, 1970, actress, comedian, author, reality-show host, and occasional scriptwriter Aisha Tyler came of age in San Francisco and studied poly sci at Dartmouth College before mounting a (brief) career as an advertising executive in her hometown. Dissatisfied by this pursuit, and pining to launch herself as a full-time entertainer, Tyler "dropped out" of the corporate world and hit the road with a solo standup comedy act in the mid-'90s.



Around 2001 -- after five years in Los Angeles with occasional standup bookings and concomitantly limited acclaim and recognition -- Tyler landed two huge breaks, first as the host of the irreverent Talk Soup during that program's final year (a position she inherited from Greg Kinnear, John Henson, and others), and then as the primary host of the dating series The 5th Wheel. Riding the crest of popularity generated by reality television during the first several years of the millennium, Wheel coupled the unscripted spontaneity of The Real World and Survivor with the format of the dating series Blind Date. Its premise involved setting two couples up on blind dates, having them "swap" partners, and adding an unforeseen fifth member (the "wheel" of the title) to stir things up and add provocation. The program placed a greater emphasis on erotic and suggestive content than Blind and -- perhaps as a result -- it unsurprisingly became a massive, runaway hit.



The ever-ambitious Tyler, however, continued to expand her horizons. She maintained a short tenure with Wheel and quickly moved on to other endeavors, placing a particularly strong emphasis on television work. This included a stint as Charlie (the only recurring African-American cast member) in the final two seasons of the popular sitcom Friends, and a recurring role as covert terrorist Marianne Taylor on the weekly suspenser 24. Tyler also portrayed attorney Andrea Moreno (who dies in a car crash but is then "ushered" over to the other side by Jennifer Love Hewitt's psychic) in the first season (2005-2006) of the supernatural drama The Ghost Whisperer. After that, Tyler segued into feature-film work, with bit roles in such pictures as The Santa Clause 3 and .45.



Six feet tall and one of the most physically breathtaking young actresses of her generation, Tyler frequently provides beauty tips in such magazines as Ebony and Glamour; she is also an outspoken proponent of physical fitness and a strenuous exerciser who pushes herself to an almost unimaginable degree. A February 2007 issue of In Style magazine reported, "In addition to scaling walls, Tyler runs, uses a rowing machine, lifts weights, snowboards and scuba dives. But for her, nothing beats the mental rush of rock climbing." In 2004, Tyler also authored and published the best-seller Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl, a free-form, witty expostulation on such "hot" topics as men, bikini waxing, reality television, dating wars, sex, and body image.



After filming several unremarkable movies throughout the mid-2000s, the actress found success on Archer, a television series that features Tyler as a dedicated but deadly agent for ISIS, a secret intelligence unit in New York City. While she continued work on Archer, she landed the job of co-host on The Talk, and later, host of the revamped Whose Line Is It Anyway? As if that weren't enough, Tyler also landed a recurring role on Criminal Minds in 2015.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
8% The Babymakers
  • Karen
2012
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Aisha Tyler is LIT - Live at The Fillmore
  • Actor
2010
25% Bedtime Stories
  • Donna Hynde
2008
No Score Yet The Trap
  • Actor
2007
20% Death Sentence
  • Det. Wallis
2007
23% Balls of Fury
  • Mahogany
2007
No Score Yet Meet Market
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet .45
  • Liz
2006
15% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Mother Nature
2006
No Score Yet For One Night
  • Desiree Howard
2006
25% Never Die Alone
  • Nancy
2004
55% The Santa Clause 2
  • Mother Nature
2002

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Appearing
  • Panelist
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Mind of a Chef
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Wendy
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
  • Guest
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Shaq's Girlfriend
No Score Yet The Forgotten
2009-2010
  • Lydia Townsend
No Score Yet Talking Dead
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Angela
No Score Yet The Burn With Jeff Ross
2012-2013
  • Guest
97% Archer
2009
  • Lana Kane Lana
  • Voice
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Manya Mabika
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
97% Supergirl
2015
  • Herself
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Allison
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Host
  • Guest
No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • Actor
  • Host
46% The Millers
2013-2015
  • Herself
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Judge
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
65% The Comeback
2005-2014
  • Herself
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Andrea Moreno
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Dr. Tara Lewis
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Taryn Campbell
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Mia Dickerson
No Score Yet Reno 911!
2003-2009
  • Dangle's Half Sister
87% 24
2014
  • Marianne Taylor
RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Appearing

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