Phenomenal Women

Published on April 24th, 2011 | by thevyne


Spotlight On: Aisha Tyler

Birthday: September 18

Occupation: Actress, stand-up comedian, author

Hometown: Born in San Francisco, CA

Education: Dartmouth College where she studied political science and environmental policy

Early Years: Aisha was bit by the comedy bug in high school and began attending local improv classes to learn the craft.

Career Path: Upon graduating from college, she worked briefly for a San Francisco advertising firm. It wasn’t long though before she decided she wanted to pursue a comedy career and began touring the country. Aisha’s big television break came in 2001 when she became the host of Talk Soup. But perhaps her most notable break was when she joined the cast of Friends during its ninth and tenth seasons in a recurring role as Charlie Wheeler. She followed that up with guest spots on CSI: Miami and Nip/Tuck, as well as balancing recurring roles on both CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and my personal favorite, 24 during the 2004-2005 TV season. Additionally, she has guest-starred on shows like Ghost Whisperer, Reno 911, MADtv, Boondocks and Boston Legal to name a few. 

Current Events: Aisha’s universal appeal has allowed her to transition her comedic talents into more dramatic and diverse opportunities. Currently you can find her voicing the role of super-spy Lana in the adult cartoon “Archer” on FX. She’s also lending her voice talents to the newest game in the Xbox 360 Halo series, “Halo: Reach.” Likewise, her latest gig is playing a top CIA agent on the conspiracy thriller drama XIII which had its season premiere on April 20 in Canada on Showcase and will also air on Canal Plus in France.

Family Life: She is married to Jeff Tietjens, an attorney. Both Aisha and her husband are beer connoisseurs and actually brew their own beer at home.

Fun Facts: Aisha speaks fluent French and is an avid gamer (Yes, women game too!).

Thoughts on Women of Color in Media: “I don’t get up every morning thinking, ‘I’m a trailblazer,’” she says. “But it is important for me to present women of colour as intelligent, capable, interesting and different than how we may have been presented in the past. I try not to actively reinforce stereotypes that are already out there.”


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