7 Things That Make Aisha Tyler Smile What gets the comedian, host, and Criminal Minds star Aisha Tyler grinning.
Posted on Sep 18, 2017 06:00am

1. Global travel
I spent this past Christmas in Machu Picchu, Peru, and have set foot on every continent but Asia. India is my next trip, followed by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Travel opens your mind and creates compassion, empathy, and perspective.

2. Improv comedy
I am lucky that I get to watch crackerjack improvisers create in real time when I host Whose Line Is It Anyway? I am dazzled by their brilliance and just hope a bit of it rubs off on me.

STREAM: Full Episodes Of Criminal Minds On CBS All Access

3. Gender-free clothes
I’m happiest in a cozy pair of boys' sweatpants, flip-flops, and a V-neck tee. I'm a California girl, born and bred—I'll take shorts over diamonds any day.

4. Directing
This past year I finally got to direct my first feature film! Even though we did it on a shoestring budget in just seven days, I am completely hooked.

SEE: Aisha Tyler's new movie Axis opens September 22 at the ArcLight Hollywood.

5. Road trips
There's nothing more liberating than jumping in the car and just going. I love far-flung destinations but am just as happy taking a drive to the beach, mountains, or desert.

6. Urban trails
Los Angeles has incredible jewels of wilderness in the heart of the sprawling city. I get in a hike whenever I can.

7. My whiskey collection
I love American and Irish whiskeys, and I've built the ultimate woman cave. There's nothing more fun than inviting a friend over to try something they haven't had before—especially guys who think they know everything about whiskey!

Photo Credits: Robert Ascroft/CBS (Tyler); adamkaz/Getty Images (Taj Mahal); Patrick Wymore/The CW (Whose Line Is It Anyway?).

Watch the Season 13 premiere of Criminal Minds on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.