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Aisha 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,” Aisha moved into television and film roles, enjoying another first — the first African-American to play an extended character arc on “Friends.” She then co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the CBS hit “Ghost Whisperer,” had extended roles on two of television’s top dramas — “CSI,” on the Network, and “24,” and has made numerous guest appearances on series including “Nip/Tuck,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Reno 911.” Aisha co-starred with Stuart Townsend in the action adventure TV series, “XIII,” based on the internationally best-selling graphic novel of the same name. Currently, she is voicing the character of sexy superspy Lana Kane on the animated series “Archer.”
In 2009, Aisha returned to her stand-up comedy roots, starring in a one-hour special for Comedy Central, “Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore.” The DVD and digital download of the special includes a music video she wrote, directed and stars in — the viral emo-rap video “Nowassitall.” Aisha 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.
Aisha’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. Aisha also appeared in “.45,” opposite Milla Jovovich, and “Santa Clause III” with Tim Allen.
Aisha is a successful author, releasing Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Post-Modern Girl in 2004. A collection of 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.
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. In her spare time, Aisha is an avid video game player, and was named to the exclusive seven-member Halo game council. She does charitable work as well, as a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, as a board member of Planned Parenthood, 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 is also the reigning “Celebrity Jeopardy” champion.
Aisha was born in San Francisco. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her birth date is September 18.