Aisha N. Tyler (born September 18, 1970) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and author, known for her regular role as Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer and voicing Lana Kane in Archer, as well as her recurring roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup, and on Friends as Charlie Wheeler. She is currently a co-host of The Talk.

Early life

Tyler was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Robin Gregory, a teacher, and Jim Tyler, a photographer. Her parents divorced when she was 10 and she was raised by her father. She pursued an early interest in comedy during high school; she attended McAteer High School in San Francisco, which also had a special program called McAteer School of the Arts, where she would attend improv and theater classes. She attended Dartmouth College where she earned a degree in environmental policy and was a member of The Tabard, a co-ed fraternity. At Dartmouth, she co-founded and sang in the all-female a capella group, The Dartmouth Rockapellas, a 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 finally moving to Los Angeles, in 1996.

Career

Her 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 cancelled 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, having a recurring role as 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 TV 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 movies, 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 movie critic on several episodes of At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, filling in for the absent Roger Ebert while he recuperated from surgery.

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. Tyler also plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Futures Without Violence charity (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund). She also made a guest appearance on Kanye West's single, "Slow Jamz", which also featured Twista and Jamie Foxx. Philanthropy and charity work is very important to Aisha, 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.Allure's 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.

In early May 2010 she presented Bungie's "Welcome to the Beta" video for Halo: Reach. She has confirmed that she has begun work as a voice actor for the upcoming game Halo: Reach.

In August 2010 Tyler began appearing in a recurring guest spot on The Stephanie Miller Show. The segment is named "Tuesdays With Tyler." Tyler appears either in studio or via the phone when she is not otherwise committed to one of her acting roles. While Hal Sparks is out of the country, Tyler is filling in as the third member of the Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour on three shows in August 2011. In October, with the announcement of Tyler's casting on CBS' The Talk, she announced on The Stephanie Miller Show that while she would no longer be able to join them in studio, she would still contribute via phone, and Miller hinted that she would rejoin the Sexy Liberal tour, although no date has been set for her return.

Starting July 26, 2011, Tyler started her own weekly podcast, Girl on Guy, where she interviews her favorite celebrity friends and discusses topics guys love. According to her site, aishatyler.com, Girl on Guy is available on her website for download using iTunes, mp3, and RSS. The show launched as the #4 comedy podcast on iTunes and currently is the #2 comedy podcast, and the #7 overall podcast on iTunes. The first "weekly installment" (according to Tyler) of Girl on Guy with guest H. Jon Benjamin started July 25, 2011, the second with the host of Current TV's former show InfoMania Bert Erlich debuted August 1, 2011, and the third with Archer creator Adam Reed debuted August 9, 2011.

In October 2011 it was announced that Aisha would join the cast of The Talk as a permanent co-host, replacing Holly Robinson Peete. Her first full week as a co-host lasted from Monday, October 24, 2011, until Friday, October 28, 2011.

Personal life

Tyler married attorney Jeff Tietjens in May 1992. Tyler and her husband are avid fans of beer; both are home brewers. She 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 HoboTrashcan.com, Tyler said she doesn't have as much time for home brewing now as she did in her 20s and early 30s, though she wishes she could get back into it.

Tyler also loves to cook. One of her favorite activities used to be to go to a gourmet restaurant and order a meal and then to try and replicate that meal in her home kitchen.

Tyler is an avid gamer (by her own admission) with the Halo series being her favorite.

Political Views

In January 2008 she participated in a video, "Yes We Can", for Barack Obama produced by will.i.am.

Filmography

Film:

Year

Title

Role

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

Television:

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1996

Nash Bridges

Reporter

Guest role

Grand Avenue

Girl #1

TV movie

1999

The Pretender

Angela Somerset

Guest role

2001

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Shaq's Girlfriend

Guest role

Talk Soup

Host

Off Limits

Guest role

The Fifth Wheel

Host

2002

The Sausage Factory

Jamie

Guest role

2003

Friends

Charlie Wheeler

9 episodes

CSI: Miami

Janet Medrano

Guest role

2004

Slow Jamz

Herself

Music Video

2004

Untitled Aisha Tyler Project

Melanie Haywood

Rejected TV pilot

Nip/Tuck

Manya Mabika

Guest role

2004-2005

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Mia Dickerson

Recurring role, 8 ep.

2005

24

Marianne Taylor

7 episodes

2005-2006

Ghost Whisperer

Andrea Marino

Series regular, 23 episodes

2006

For One Night

Desiree Howard

TV movie

2007

Boston Legal

Taryn Campbell

Guest role

The Boondocks

Luna

Guest role

2008

Million Dollar Password

Herself

Celebrity Player

Reno 911

Befany Dangle

Guest role

2009

Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore

Herself

Stand-up special

Celebrity Jeopardy!

Herself

Celebrity episode

2009-present

Archer

Agent Lana Kane

Series regular

2010

Chelsea Lately

Herself

Guest Interview

The Forgotten

Lydia Townsend

Guest role

2011

XIII: The Series

Major Jones

Series regular

2011

RuPaul's Drag Race 3

Herself

Guest judge

2011-present

The Talk

Herself

Co-Host

Video games:

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2010

Halo: Reach

Female Trooper 2

Minor Role

2011

Gears of War 3

Commander Walker

"RAAM's Shadow" Downloadable content

Online:

Year

Title

Notes

2011

Girl on Guy

her weekly iTunes podcast