Why Aisha Tyler Just Achieved Boss-Lady Status

Aisha Tyler is one of the busiest people in Hollywood. My earliest memory of her was as the host of The 5th Wheel, part of the block of unintentionally comedic reality dating shows that used to air in the early aughts. The show itself was pretty terrible — although it did have the amazing slogan “where strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers become bitter, suicidal exes all on the same show” — but it was obvious from Tyler’s dry, wry narration of unfortunate dates that she was a comedian poised to break out.

That’s pretty much what happened. Although she’d been on the comedy circuit for years and briefly hosted E!’s Talk Soup, Tyler’s career truly exploded after she guest-starred onFriends. She played Charlie Wheeler, a paleontologist being pursued by both Ross and Joey, who was also one of the notoriously whitewashed sitcom’s first recurring African-American characters. opener

Tyler has never been afraid to venture into new spaces or forge a path where one didn’t exist before. She’s presently a master of many, many mediums. First, there’s her work in television, which includes cohosting The Talk, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and perhaps her most well-known role of all: voicing international superspy and all-around badass Lana Kane on FX’s Archer, which concludes its sixth season tonight.

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