Actor, Comedian, Director, Author and Activist

Aisha Tyler is host of CBS’s Emmy Award-winning The Talk, a series regular on CBS’ hit drama Criminal Minds, host of the comedy improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” , voice of Lana Kane in FX’s animated hit Archer,and creator and host of her own podcast Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler.

Girl on Guy was chosen by iTunes as a best new comedy podcast of 2011, and has over 15 million downloads to date. She has interviewed a variety of dynamic personalities from top actors, directors and comedians to chefs, athletes, musicians and more.

Aisha is a best-selling author, her current book “Self Inflicted Wounds, Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation” debuting on the NY Times best-seller list in July of 2013. Based on a recurring element of her podcast, it’s a series of hilarious comic essays about times in her life she found herself in the middle of spectacularly humiliating incidents, entirely of her own making.

She has also begun a directing career, with her short film Ar Scath Le Cheile, shot in Galway, Ireland debuting at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2016. She directed her first feature film, the action-thriller and celeb-studded Axis in Los Angeles in June 2016, as well.

In Fall 2016 Aisha will add yet another job to her resume, debuting a line of bottled premium cocktails under the brand Courage+Stone. Inspired by her love of craft cocktails, Aisha has carefully overseen the development and production of the line and is excited about the first three cocktails that will debut.

Tyler’s first big break was as host of E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup,” which she was the first woman and African-American to captain.  After leaving “Talk Soup,” she moved into television and film roles, enjoying another first — the first African-American to play an extended character arc on “Friends.”  She 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 other top television series. Tyler also co-starred with Stuart Townsend in the action-adventure TV series, “XIII,” based on the internationally best-selling graphic novel of the same name. 

In 2009, she returned to her stand-up comedy roots, starring in a one-hour special for Comedy Central, “Aisha Tyler is Lit:  Live at the Fillmore.”  Tyler’s feature film credits include “Bedtime Stories,” “Death Sentence” opposite Kevin Bacon, “Balls of Fury” with Christopher Walken “.45,” opposite Milla Jovovich, and “Santa Clause III” with Tim Allen.

People Magazine honored Tyler as one of the women featured in 2012’s “Most Beautiful” issue. 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 gamer and has voiced characters in Halo Reach and Watch Dogs. She is a member of the board of Planned Parenthood and has done charitable work for Trust for Public Land and taught self esteem workshops for girls.

See Aisha emcee Voices of the Year, Brought to you by Merck for Mothers on August 5, 2016 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.