Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler

Born (1970-09-18) September 18, 1970
San Francisco, California, United States
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Occupation Talk show host, actress, comedian, author, producer, writer, director
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Jeff Tietjens (m. 1994; div. 2016)

Aisha Tyler (born September 18, 1970) is an American talk show host, actress, comedian, author, producer, writer, and director. She is known for portraying Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer, voicing Lana Kane in Archer, portraying Dr. Tara Lewis in Criminal Minds where she replaced Jennifer Love Hewitt and portraying Mother Nature in the Santa Clause film series, as well as recurring roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup and Friends. She is a co-host of CBS's The Talk,[1] and the current host of Whose Line is it Anyway?, and has hosted the Ubisoft E3 press conferences for the past five years, and has also made various video game appearances including Halo: Reach and Ubisoft's Watch Dogs where her voice and likeness are featured.

Early life

Tyler was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Robin Gregory, a teacher, and James Tyler, a photographer.[2] Her parents divorced when she was 10 and she was raised by her father. She pursued an early interest in comedy at McAteer High School in San Francisco, which had a special program called School of the Arts, now named Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.[3] Tyler attended high school with Sam Rockwell, and Margaret Cho. She had a crush on Rockwell, and followed him into acting class one day, leading to her interest in improv and sketch.[4]

Tyler graduated from Dartmouth College in 1992.[5][6] She was a member of The Tabard, a co-ed fraternity. At Dartmouth, she co-founded and sang in the Dartmouth Rockapellas, an all-female a cappella group devoted to spreading social awareness through song. After briefly working for a San Francisco advertising firm, she toured the country pursuing a comedy career before moving to Los Angeles in 1996.


Tyler singing at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York

Tyler's career in television took off in 2001 with jobs as the host of Talk Soup and the reality-dating series The Fifth Wheel, although Talk Soup was canceled the following year and Tyler left The Fifth Wheel in 2002 to pursue other interests. Tyler has devoted a significant amount of her time to independent projects, including a role in the play Moose Mating, for which she received an NAACP Image Award. She also wrote, directed, and starred in the independent short film The Whipper. Moving into acting, Tyler featured in Friends as Dr. Charlie Wheeler, Joey's and then Ross' girlfriend, in the ninth and tenth seasons. She followed this up with guest spots on CSI: Miami and Nip/Tuck, as well as balancing season-long recurring roles on both CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and 24 during the 2004–2005 television season. She also filmed her own sitcom pilot for CBS, which was not picked up. She has guest-starred on MADtv.

Following her regular role on the CBS series Ghost Whisperer during its first season, Tyler appeared in several films, including The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, .45, and the comedy Balls of Fury. In 2007, she filmed the thriller Death Sentence and the crime drama Black Water Transit. She also continues to appear on television, with appearances on Boston Legal, Reno 911!, The Boondocks, and as a guest film critic on several episodes of At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, filling in for the absent Roger Ebert while he recuperated from surgery.

The Talk co-hosts Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, and Sheryl Underwood in 2012

Tyler has moved into print media as a regular contributor to Glamour, Jane, and Entertainment Weekly magazines. Her first book, Swerve: A Guide to the Sweet Life for Postmodern Girls, was released in January 2004.[7] Tyler plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Futures Without Violence charity. She also made a guest appearance on Kanye West's single "Slow Jamz", which featured Twista and Jamie Foxx. Philanthropy and charity work are very important to Tyler, and she regularly does volunteer work for the American Red Cross, The Trust for Public Land, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the International Rescue Committee.

Tyler appeared in a nude pictorial, along with other celebrities, in the May 2006 issue of Allure.[8] The annual Nude Issue raises money to combat skin cancer.

In May 2009, it was announced that ABC had given Tyler her own talk show pilot, The Aisha Tyler Show.[9] In early May 2010, she presented the "Welcome to the Beta" video for Halo: Reach. She also voiced a minor character in the game.[10]

In 2009, she began her starring role voicing Lana Kane in the FX series Archer, which premiered on January 14, 2010[11] and has been renewed for a sixth and seventh season, to premiere through 2016.[12] In August 2010, Tyler began appearing in a recurring guest spot on The Stephanie Miller Show. The segment is named "Tuesdays With Tyler".[13] Tyler appears either in studio or via the phone when she is not otherwise committed to one of her acting roles. While Hal Sparks was out of the country, Tyler filled in as the third member of the Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour on three shows in August 2011.[14]

Starting on July 26, 2011, Tyler started her own weekly podcast, Girl on Guy, where she interviews her favorite celebrity friends and discusses topics guys love. Girl on Guy is available on her website for download using iTunes, mp3, and RSS. The show launched as the No. 4 comedy podcast on iTunes and currently is the No. 2 comedy podcast, and the No. 7 overall podcast on iTunes. The first weekly installment of Girl on Guy featured guest H. Jon Benjamin, the second featured the host of Current TV's former show InfoMania Brett Erlich on August 1, 2011, and the third featured Archer creator Adam Reed on August 9, 2011.

In October 2011, it was announced that Tyler would join the cast of The Talk as a permanent co-host, replacing Holly Robinson Peete. Her first full week as a co-host was October 24 through October 28, 2011.[1] Tyler is known for being expressive and outspoken on The Talk, especially about African-American culture and stereotypes, LGBT rights, and women's rights. Tyler presented Ubisoft's press conference at E3 2012 in June, which received some backlash from fans who didn't believe Tyler was a gamer.[15] This caused Tyler to respond with a poem about how she has been playing video games "since you were a twinge in the left side of your daddy's underoos".[16] She returned to host the publisher's press conference the following year. Tyler's second book, Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation, debuted in July 2013, later becoming a New York Times bestseller; it was inspired by questions asked of guests on Girl on Guy.

In March 2013, Tyler was confirmed to be the new host of the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.[17] She also appears briefly as herself in the video game Watch Dogs and is featured in the music video for the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Tacky". Tyler was also the original voice for the character Daisy Fitzroy in the 2013 video game BioShock Infinite, but her recordings were not used[18] and the role went to Kimberly Brooks. She was nominated for Personality of 2014 in Golden Joystick Award 2014.

In June 2015, it was announced that Tyler landed a recurring role for Season 11 of Criminal Minds. Although she served as a temporary replacement for Jennifer Love Hewitt, who was on maternity leave,[19] her status was elevated to main cast member in Season 12.

Personal life

Tyler married Jeff Tietjens in 1994. In April 2016, Tietjens filed for divorce from Tyler. The pair initially separated in January 2015, according to court documents.[20][21][22]

Tyler is an avid fan of beer and is a home brewer. Tyler discussed her love and passion for beer on DC 101's Elliot in the Morning and The Sharon Osbourne Show. In a January 2012 interview with, she related that she doesn't have as much time for home brewing now as she did when she was younger.[23] Tyler is a vocal advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Dancing in September Woman with Weave
2001 Moose Mating Josie
2002 The Santa Clause 2 Mother Nature
2003 One Flight Stand Alexis
2004 Never Die Alone Nancy
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Mother Nature
.45 Liz
2007 Death Sentence Detective Wallis
Balls of Fury Mahogany
The Trap! Angela
2008 Meet Market Jane
Bedtime Stories Donna Hynde
2009 Black Water Transit Casey Spandau
2010 The Babymakers Karen


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Grand Avenue Girl No. 1 Television film
Nash Bridges Reporter
1999 The Pretender Angela Somerset
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Shaq's Girlfriend
Talk Soup Host
Off Limits
The Fifth Wheel Host
2002 The Sausage Factory Jamie
2003–2004 Friends Dr. Charlie Wheeler 9 episodes
CSI: Miami Janet Medrano
2004 Untitled Aisha Tyler Project Melanie Haywood Unsold pilot
Nip/Tuck Manya Mabika
2004–2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mia Dickerson 8 episodes
2005 24 Marianne Taylor 7 episodes
2005–2006 Ghost Whisperer Andrea Marino 23 episodes
2006 For One Night Desiree Howard Television film
2007 Boston Legal Taryn Campbell
The Boondocks Luna
2008 Million Dollar Password Herself Contestant
Reno 911! Befany Dangle
2009 Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore Herself Stand-up special
Celebrity Jeopardy! Herself Contestant
2009–present Archer Agent Lana Kane Voice
2010 Chelsea Lately Herself
The Forgotten Lydia Townsend
Committed Short film
Writer, director, editor, producer
2011 XIII: The Series Major Jones
RuPaul's Drag Race 3 Herself Judge
2011–present The Talk Herself Co-host
2012–2013 Glee Jake Puckerman's Mother
2013–present Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Host
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Savannah Walker
The Getaway Herself Host
2014 Modern Family Wendy
Talking Dead Herself Panelist
@midnight Herself 1 episode
The Mind of a Chef Herself Bourbon connoisseur
Two and a Half Men Adoption Lawyer
Hell's Kitchen Herself Dining room guest for Season 13's final service
2014–2015 Bojack Horseman Mother of Sarah Lynn and Sextina Aquafina Voice
2015–present Criminal Minds Dr. Tara Lewis Recurring (Season 11,18 Episodes)
Main (Season 12);
2016 Supergirl Herself 1 episode

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Halo: Reach Female Trooper 2 Voice Only
2011 Gears of War 3 Commander Walker Voice Only
2014 Watch Dogs Herself Voice and Likeness


Year Title Role
2011 Girl on Guy - Podcast Host
2012 E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Ubisoft Press Conference Host
2013 E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Ubisoft Press Conference Host
2014 E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Ubisoft Press Conference Host
The GameOverGreggy Show Guest
2015 Table Top: Cards Against Humanity Guest
E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Ubisoft Press Conference Host
2016 E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Ubisoft Press Conference Host

Music video

Year Title Artist Notes
2003 "Slow Jamz" Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
2009 "Nowassitall" Herself From her DVD Aisha Tyler is Lit
2013 "Simmer" Silversun Pickups Director, editor[25][26]
"Crucial Velocity" Clutch Director[27]
2014 "Tacky" "Weird Al" Yankovic
2016 "Gone Cold" Clutch

Published works


  1. 1 2 Gina Serpe (October 24, 2011). "From Talk Soup to The Talk: Aisha Tyler Makes Her Morning-Show Debut!". E! Online. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  2. "Aisha Tyler Biography". Film Reference. 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
  3. "Adam Carolla Podcast". March 9, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2008.
  4. "In Bed With Joan - Episode 18: Aisha Tyler". YouTube. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  5. "Talk the Talk". CBS Watch!. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  6. "Aisha Tyler '92 on the Power of Mistakes (Forbes)". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  7. Tyler, Aisha (2004). Swerve: A Guide to the Sweet Life for Postmodern Girls. New York: Plume. ISBN 0-525-94806-6.
  8. "Stars Line Up For Naked Spread". April 24, 2007. Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008.
  9. Joyce Eng (May 8, 2009). "Aisha Tyler Nabs Talk Show Pilot". Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  10. Off to voice a character in Halo:Reach tomorrow. Dreams really do come true,, February 24, 2010.
  14. "Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour". June 8, 2011. Archived from the original on June 27, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  15. Evan Narcisse (June 13, 2012). "Aisha Tyler Rants "I've Been a Gamer Since Before You Could Read."". Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  16. "Dear Gamers:". June 12, 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  17. Rachel Hansen (February 28, 2013). "His line: Improv master Ryan Stiles returns to the PAC". Retrieved September 19, 2013.(subscription required)
  18. aishatyler (17 April 2013). "@Vinci_022 you're right! I recorded that role, but just found out they didn't use my recording. there's 47 minutes I'll never get back." (Tweet) via Twitter.
  19. Meredith Jacobs (June 22, 2015). "'Criminal Minds' Season 11: Aisha Tyler will recur as Hotch looks to replace Kate". Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  20. Couch, Aaron (April 15, 2016). "The Talk's Aisha Tyler and Husband Divorcing After More Than 20 Years of Marriage". People. United States. Time Inc. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  21. "Aisha Tyler Reveals Struggle with Infertility – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies -". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  22. "When IVF Doesn't Work: Aisha Tyler's Tearful Reveal". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  23. Joel Murphy (January 19, 2012). "One on One with Aisha Tyler". HoboTrashcan. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  24. Patrick Yacco (August 1, 2013). "Geeking Out with Aisha Tyler". Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  25. Eakin, Marah (May 20, 2013). "Watch a new, Aisha Tyler-directed video about Silversun Pickups". A.V. Club. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  26. "Simmer (scroll down on page)". Silversun Pickups. May 20, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  27. Teitelman, Bram (August 29, 2013). "Clutch got Aisha Tyler to direct a video". Metal Insider. Retrieved April 24, 2014.

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