Aisha Tyler has a rĂ©sumĂ© that wonât stop growing. The 41-year-old comedian co-hosts CBSâ daytime chat show, âThe Talkâ; hosts her own weekly podcast, âGirl on Guyâ; and voices super-spy Lana Kane on FXâs animated comedy âArcher.â And starting Friday, sheâll be playing a non-cartoon spy on the new ReelzChannel action series âXIII.â
âIâm having a little bit of a lucky streak right now,â Tyler says.
In August, sheâll appear on the big screen with Olivia Munn in âThe Babymakers,â and next spring, she releases her second book, âSelf-Inflicted Wounds.â
Tyler, a regular on the stand-up circuit despite her busy schedule, spoke to Express ahead of a run at DC Improv.
âGirl on Guyâ tends to focus on guy stuff. Are you a tomboy?
I was raised by a single dad, so Iâm definitely a guyâs girl. My two closest friends besides my husband are both men. It just was stuff that I was into, like gaming and action movies.
âThe Talkâ is quite different from your podcast. Men arenât the target audience.
I have a lot of male fans, so I think a lot of my male fans watch it. The show this year has gotten a lot more honest and edgier. âŠ We go out and speak our minds. Itâs not scripted, itâs not planned.
You havenât done a stand-up special in years. Are you working on new material?
Once you do a special, itâs dead â you retire that material. I would hate to be the audience member being like, âI could have just been in my underwear at home watching this [expletive].â Iâm doing a new comedy special in 2013.
What do you talk about?
I just talk about sex for an hour. Are you kidding me? Thatâs all I ever talk about. What [else] do adults care about anyway?
For âArcher,â you record your dialogue by yourself. Is that a challenge?
I really like the math of attacking a line from 20 different directions and trying to find the funniest way to say it. Itâs a very different process from acting and reacting, but the show is a purely and surgically cut comedy.
And now youâre in the new ReelzChannel series âXIII.â
I play Lara Jones, who is ex-CIA and now works for the president. I keep playing spies, which Iâm not going to complain about: spy on â24,â spy here. I think itâs closest in tone to a show like â24.â Itâs about a black-ops agent who … gets shot in the head, wakes up and doesnât know who he is. I used to be his lover, but now he doesnât remember me. … Itâs super action-y. Some girls dream of getting a pony when they grow up; I dream of shooting at people and blowing them up.