Aisha Tyler – Lupe Ontiveros Image Award
Aisha Tyler is host of CBSâs Daytime Emmy Award-winning The Talk, a series regular on CBSâ hit drama Criminal Minds, the voice of sexy superspy Lana Kane in FXâs hit animated show Archer, currently taping its 8th season, and host of the comedy improv show âWhose Line Is It Anyway?â Sheâs the creator and host of her own podcast Girl on Guy, as well as a talented film director of shorts, videos and her first feature length film, completed in L.A. in June. And if thatâs not enough, Aisha launches her line of premium bottled cocktails this fall. Her Courage+Stone brand was inspired by her love of craft cocktails, and Aisha has carefully overseen the development and production of the line, which will debut with three flavor profiles late fall 2016.
Podcast, 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.
Aishaâs short film shot in Ireland in 2015, Ar Scath Le Cheile, and debuted at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2016. Her first feature film, the action-thriller and star-studded, Axis, was shot in 2016 in Los Angeles.
She is a best-selling author, her latest book âSelf Inflicted Wounds, Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliationâ debuting on the NY Times best-seller list in July of 2013. Based on a recurring element of her podcast, itâs 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.
Tylerâs first big break was as host of E! Entertainmentâs âTalk Soup,â which she was the first woman and African-American to captain. After leaving âTalk Soup,â she moved into television and film roles, enjoying another first â the first African-American to play an extended character arc on âFriends.â She co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the CBS hit âGhost Whisperer,â had extended roles on two of televisionâs top dramas â âCSI,â on the Network, and â24â â and has made numerous guest appearances on other top television series. Tyler also co-starred with Stuart Townsend in the action-adventure TV series, âXIII,â 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, âAisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore.â Tylerâs feature film credits include âBedtime Stories,â âDeath Sentenceâ opposite Kevin Bacon, âBalls of Furyâ with Christopher Walken â.45,â opposite Milla Jovovich, and âSanta Clause IIIâ with Tim Allen.
People Magazine honored Tyler as one of the women featured in 2012âs âMost Beautifulâ issue. Esquire called Aisha âsweetly wicked,â designating her one of its âWomen We Love.â TV Guide called her one of televisionâs âIn Crowd.â Maxim anointed her one of its âHot 100â 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.