mercurynews.com: ‘Whose Line’ host Aisha Tyler hardest working woman in showbiz?

By Chuck Barney, cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com

Contra Costa Times

Aisha Tyler has one of the most eclectic résumés in show business. The San Francisco native “plays” sexy agent Lana Kane on the FX animated series “Archer,” and is a co-host of CBS daytime’s “The Talk.” She provides voice work for video games, acts in movies and TV, has her own podcast (“Girl on Guy”) and does some raucous stand-up comedy.

But, wait, there’s more: Her latest book, “Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation,” was published last month, and she’s the host of The CW’s reboot of the improv-comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (8 p.m., Tuesdays), which was just renewed for a second season.

All of that and Tyler still found time to field a few of our questions via email:

Q What’s it like to step into a pre-established show? Did you give a lot of thought to what you could do differently?

A My main goal was just to be myself. I knew and loved the show with (host) Drew (Carey) at the helm; he is a friend, and I admire him immensely. His are huge shoes to fill. I didn’t really spend a lot of time thinking about what I would do differently. We are so different that I knew the show would immediately have a different feel — there is no way it couldn’t. I just focused on enjoying myself and hoped my enthusiasm would connect with the viewers’ enthusiasm.

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