Tyler tells NPR’s Neal Conan that from the moment she got her first half-laugh at a tiny club in San Francisco, she was hooked.
“I think most comedians will describe comedy in druglike terms,” she says. “It’s an addictive experience.”
Tyler says she can’t avoid the siren call of the stage.
“It makes you, I think, creatively and mentally tough,” she says.
Tyler explains that when she plays characters on television and in the movies, other people are there to make sure she sounds and looks good. But in the comedy club, she sinks or swims on her own merits.
“The comedy experience is a raw personal experience — it’s very stripped down,” Tyler says. “It’s pure.”