When you look at Aisha Tyler, the word “failure” probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head.
She’s a successful actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She runs a business and hosts a cool podcast. She’s a co-host of the Emmy winning show The Talk. She’s the voice of sexy, sassy superspy Lana Kane on Archer. That’s not the resume of a screw up. Still, Tyler’s new book of essays, Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation, is all about the times she messed up, humiliated herself, and got treated like a human maypole by the kids at school. It’s about the fact that not fitting in doesn’t mean you’re not right. Like she says in the book, “To win, you need to fail, and fail hard.”