Aisha Tyler

Actress, Comedian
Smart, sexy, and effortlessly funny Aisha Tyler has emerged as a triple threat within Hollywood as well as a bona fide comedian and actress all while earning the respect of critics and the attention of audiences ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1970 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Archer 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

Criminal Minds 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kocktails With Khloe 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Supergirl 2016 (Tv Show)

Herself

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2015 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

At the Movies 1982 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

Jersey Shore Massacre 2014 (Movie)

Voiceover For Candi (Voice)

Last Comic Standing 1982 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moose Mating 2014 (Movie)

Josie (Actor)

Nash Bridges 1982 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Talking Dead 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Comeback 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

The Talk 1982 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

Two and a Half Men 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The 2013 Young Hollywood Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Burn with Jeff Ross 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Getaway 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

The Ghost Whisperer 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Millers 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Why We Laugh: Funny Women 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

XIII 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Glee 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Babymakers 2012 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Bedtime Stories 2008 (Movie)

Donna Hynde (Actor)

Million Dollar Password 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reno 911! 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Balls of Fury 2007 (Movie)

Mahogany (Actor)

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Sentence 2007 (Movie)

Detective Wallis (Actor)

The Boondocks 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Very Funny Stand Up 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

.45 2006 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

Mother Nature (Actor)

24 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Die Alone 2004 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fifth Wheel 2001 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spike 52: Hottest Holiday Gifts 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Maxim Hot 100 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

One Flight Stand 2003 (Movie)

Alexis (Actor)

The 9th Annual Lady of Soul Train Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

VH1 Divas Duets 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Survivor: Africa Post-Game Show 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Survivor: Africa Pre-Game Show 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Santa Clause 2 2002 (Movie)

Mother Nature (Actor)

Totally Tube 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing in September 2001 (Movie)

Woman with Weave (Actor)

Grand Avenue 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

For One Night (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Smart, sexy, and effortlessly funny Aisha Tyler has emerged as a triple threat within Hollywood as well as a bona fide comedian and actress all while earning the respect of critics and the attention of audiences everywhere. Standing at six-feet tall, this multi-faceted phenom also captivated viewers with her supermodel good looks made for runways rather than comedy clubs. Wise beyond her years, Tyler initially looked to comedy as a means to relieve her boredom from her mundane high school studies while cutting classes to attend improv sessions at the J. Eugene McAteer School of the Arts in San Francisco. With a growing passion for comedy, Tyler was still ambitious about her studies as she went on to attend Dartmouth College where she graduated with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Science. Landing a prestigious job as an advertising exec after college seemed like a great fit for the fresh Ivy League grad, but Tyler had different plans for herself. Quickly realizing that stiff suits and presentations wasn't her cup of tea, Tyler took a big chance by leaving the lucrative world of advertising to travel around the country and pursue a full-time gig as a stand-up comedian. In 1996, Tyler finally made her way to Los Angeles, where she landed her first big break as host of the Emmy-award winning series "Talk Soup" (E! Entertainment Television, 1991-2002). Not only was Tyler an immediate success with her sassy yet charming comedic presence, but she also made a huge breakthrough as the first African-American female to host the show. With soaring ratings and heightened viewer ship, it wasn't long until the buzz about the extraordinary Tyler got around to the rest of Hollywood. Tyler went on to host the popular syndicated dating show "The Fifth Wheel" (CITY, 2001) and slowly transitioned into acting, where she won an NAACP Theater Image Award in 2001 for her role in the highly acclaimed production of "Moose Mating." Tyler landed small but credible roles in films such as "Santa Clause 2" (2002) starring Tim Allen, and "Showtime" (2002) opposite big-timers Eddie Murphy and Robert Di Nero. In 2003, Tyler had crossed yet another barrier when she was cast alongside a famous group of "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) as the first recurring African-American love interest of both Ross and Joey. Tyler's role as sexy paleontologist Charlie Wheeler helped catapult her career into the big leagues and establish herself as a star on the rise. Tyler continued doing comedy bits for shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000) and "Last Comic Standing" (NBC 2003-2015), where she was called upon as a celebrity talent scout, but the versatile actress also ventured into more serious work with a guest-starring spot on the sizzling series "Nip/Tuck" (FX 2003-2010), where she movingly played a Somali model who was victim to genital mutilation. Tyler's dramatic talents next landed her recurring roles on the primetime shows "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-2012) and "24" (FOX, 2001-2010) featuring Kiefer Sutherland. Tyler also had a role in the 2004 film "Meet Market," which looked at LA singles trying to find love in their local grocery store. Aside from acting and stand-up comedy, Tyler also proved her talents as an author with <i>Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl</i> (Dutton Publishing, 2004), a collection of comic essays. Meanwhile, Tyler landed a regular supporting role on "Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 2005-2010), playing the best friend of a paranormal investigator (Jennifer Love Hewitt) whose gift for communicating with the earthbound dead helps them to pass to the other side. Further big screen roles came in the family comedy sequel "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" (2006) and the broad comedy "Balls of Fury" (2007). During this period, Tyler began lending her voice to animated series including "The Boondocks" (Adult Swim 2005-2010) and video games such as "Halo: Reach" (2010). This culminated in her co-starring role as sexy but easily annoyed super-spy Lana Kane in the secret agent spoof "Archer" (FX 2009- ), in which she starred opposite H. Jon Benjamin as overconfident lothario Sterling Archer and Jessica Walters as his officious, alcoholic mother, the head of the rogue agency ISIS. In 2011, Tyler joined the cast of "The Talk" (CBS 2010- ), a daily afternoon chat show, replacing original co-host Holly Robinson Peete. A return to scripted live-action television came with a key supporting role in the French-Canadian action thriller "XIII: The Series" (Canal+ 2011-12). She next appeared in a recurring role on the procedural series "Criminal Minds" (CBS 2005- ).

Relationships

Jeff Tietjens

Husband
married c. 1992

EDUCATION

J. Eugene McAteer School of the Arts

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
graduated; minored in environmental policy

Milestones

2015

Was cast in the recurring role of Dr. Tara Lewis on the series "Criminal Minds"

2011

Took on the recurring role of Jones on the Canadian TV series "XIII: The Series"

2010

Wrote, directed, and starred in the short film "Committed"

2007

Played a detective opposite Kevin Bacon in the psychological thriller "Death Sentence"

2007

Cast in the comedy "Balls of Fury" alongside Christopher Walken

2005

Cast as Andrea Moreno on the CBS drama "Ghost Whisperer"

2004

Had recurring roles on both "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS), as as a quirky scientist and Fox's "24", as a data analyst

2004

Guest-starred on FX's "Nip/Tuck," playing a Somali model and victim of genital mutilation

2003

Had a recurring role in the final season of NBC's "Friends" as paleontolgist Charlie Wheeler

2002

Appeared in "The Santa Clause 2," starring Tim Allen

2001

Starred in the critically acclaimed play "Moose Mating"

2001

Wrote, produced and directed the edgy independent short "The Whipper"

2001

Hosted E! Entertainment's "Talk Soup"

2000

Film debut in the HBO movie "Dancing in September"

1996

Moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy full-time, after working in clubs across the country

Bonus Trivia

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Attended high school with Sam Rockwell and Margaret Cho.

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Was a member of The Tabard, a co-ed fraternity while attending Dartmouth College.

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Briefly worked for an advertising firm after graduating from college.

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Received an NAACP Image Award for her performance in "Moose Mating" at the Century City Playhouse in L.A. in 2000.

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