Aisha Tyler

  • American actress
  • Born September 18, 1970

Aisha N. Tyler (born September 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, director and talk show host. She is known for playing Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer, Dr. Tara Lewis in Criminal Minds, Mother Nature in the Santa Clause films and voicing Lana Kane in Archer as well as recurring roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup and Friends. She is formerly the co-host of CBS's The Talk, where she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host and currently hosts Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

I love Toronto. I love it. I love Toronto. I love Canada. I can't wait to get back. Can't wait to have some Timbits.

Wounds turn into scars and scars make you tough.

You know, it's about getting out there and having a good time. Not about worrying - all these young books for women are like I'm 29 with a closet full of Prada shoes and I can't get a date. Come on.

When I get old and slow down I want to look behind me and see all the fire and the wreckage and no stone left unturned.

I'm just myself, so I don't know that I think of myself as a nerd icon.

I'm the kindest, most supportive friend ever, probably to my own detriment, but I hope that I am toughening up a little bit.

You rarely see women being nice to each other on television anymore.

Maybe the nails are a little stubby and gnawed on, but I definitely do not have man hands.

I don't believe in superheroes but I love Batman movies. There's a part of every person that is entertained by the idealistic, the fantastic.

The only concept or experience or core belief that I can attribute my other-ness to is that I just started out a weirdo and I stayed a weirdo. And it took me a long time to embrace my outsidership and see it as a strength rather than a weakness.

So much of a stand-up's life is doing live radio and having to be funny and quick on the spot with these strangers, and sort of surgical in terms of how funny I can be in three minutes.

Marriage isn't a carnival ride.

I'm sure I had low-level scurvy all of my childhood.

You know, I read graphic novels but not encyclopedically.

I'm black, and black don't crack. It does droop.

I really do know football.

My parents were vegetarians. I'd show up at school, this giant black kid, with none of the cool clothes and a tofu sandwich and celery sticks.

I thought I was gonna be an attorney, so I went to Dartmouth and I was a government major and I minored in environmental policy, and I didn't do anything academically around the arts.

And I was the only black kid in my school for almost all of my childhood, until I was a teenager. So imagine, if you will, being 6 feet tall by third grade, so essentially being a living maypole.

Pop culture hales you and wants you to fail.

I am absolutely a Giants fan and I'm a Dynasty baby so I was a 49ers fan for a long time.

Comedy is ugly. It's honest, it's raw.

There's a part of every person that is entertained by the idealistic, the fantastic.

Yes, I do get recognized in public. It's pretty nice.

Pop culture is great, but it can be bad, at times.

On general principle, I boycott shows that don't employ actors.

I might not agree with myself in a year.

I can tell you this: Stand-up is not glamorous.

But I love stand-up, and it's where I came from creatively, so it's something I never want to walk away from.

Am I going to complain about being typecast as smart? I don't think so.

People challenge my nerd cred all the time. I just show them the photo of me winning my middle-school science fair, wearing my Casio calculator watch and eyeglasses so big they look like they can see the future.

I like grown up comedy.

I was this weird little bookish giant.