A guy’s girl: Multifaceted comic Aisha Tyler has always been comfortable around men

October 20, 2012

A guy’s girl: Multifaceted comic Aisha Tyler has always been comfortable around men

Aisha Tyler is nearly omnipresent.

The co-host of CBS’ daytime talk show “The Talk” voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s hilariously naughty animated series “Archer” and can be seen on “XIII,” a Reelz network original series. She’s also creator, producer and host of “Girl on Guy,” a podcast that launched its second season last month.

The San Francisco native first turned heads as host of E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup” and went on to appear on “Friends” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” before playing Andrea Marino on the CBS series “Ghost Whisperer.”

The Dartmouth College graduate in government and environmental policy has also appeared in several movies, including “Balls of Fury” (2007) and “Santa Clause 2″ and “Santa Clause 3″ (2002 and 2006 respectively). In 2002 and 2005, Maxim magazine named the statuesque beauty one of its “Hot 100.”

Now Tyler, a comedian, author and avid video game player, is hitting the road performing stand-up. She will perform two shows Friday at the Magic Bag.

The 42-year-old spoke with The Detroit News by phone last week.

Describe your brand of comedy.

This is my 20th year doing stand-up. I am not a topical comedian. I don’t do political material. It has to do with life experiences, things that have happened to me, things I’ve been thinking about. The show tends to hang together by an idea that’s really closely tied to whatever phase I’m going through in my life. And it’s pretty mature. I always tell people don’t bring your kids. Don’t bring your daughter who loved me on the “Ghost Whisperer,” it will be a pretty quiet car ride home. It is in the spirit of a Richard Pryor, a little Louis C.K. and less Seinfield. People want honesty and I try to be as honest as I can in my shows.

You co-host “The Talk,” you voice Lana Kane on “Archer,” have a podcast and now you’re touring. Which do you find more fun?

It would seem to be kind of Pollyanna-ish to say I enjoy them all — but I do. To me they are all the same job. They kind of all evolved out of each other. I started out as a stand-up comedian and that was a natural place to transition to “Talk Soup,” which is more a conversation directly with the audience in terms of television format but very similar to stand-up, which is a conversation with a live audience.

Your podcast “Girl on Guy” is described as a show where you and guests rant about stuff that guys love. When did you know you were a guy’s girl?

I definitely have girlfriends, but I have always been this way. I was raised by a single dad for a good portion of my childhood and just did guy-stuff with my father — rode motorcycles, played video games and watched sports like boxing. By the time I was 13 years-old, all my closest friends were guys. My closest, oldest friend is a guy. I was born this way. I like being a girl, I like dressing up, but I prefer sitting on the couch playing Xbox. A lot of times as a female comedian, you’re the only woman in a room with 20 guys. You either sink or swim but that was an environment where I always excelled.

“Girl on Guy” was named best new comedy podcast of 2011 by iTunes and surpassed four million downloads in its first year. What’s the secret of its success?

I wanted to create a format for fans to hear people that they admired in an unguarded context. Probably part of the reason that it works so well is that I am not a journalist, I am a peer. But, I am also a fan; so there’s an enthusiasm that I bring to the show. I interview people that I am interested in. It’s very intimate. It is just me and another person in a room. People do tend to let their guard down. Its uncensored, no topic restriction and people just say wonderful, surprising things every week. It is funny. Even with serious guests, it’s rarely 90 minutes of serious.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121018/ENT09/210180302#ixzz29td9rxua