Tales of the Cocktail: Aisha Tyler Likes Her Cocktails Classic, Strong and Bottled
Talk show host, film producer, New York Times bestselling author, voice artist for a gunslinging, smack-talking spy — all of these job titles can describe the very busy Aisha Tyler, who is currently juggling her work with animated spy comedy show “Archer” alongside directing her first feature film and co-hosting the Emmy-winning talk show “The Talk” (among other projects). Now, she’s adding yet another job title to her belt: spirits entrepreneur.
If you attended last year’s Spirited Awards, you may remember the sharp-witted Tyler as the night’s co-host alongside Simon Ford. (We say “may remember” because, let’s be honest, that ultimately depends on how many flutes of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut made it to your table.) As an actress and comedian firmly rooted in the entertainment industry, Tyler may not seem like the obvious choice to host an awards ceremony at a craft cocktail and spirits event. But that career path in entertainment is exactly what led her to fall in love with the bartending trade. “I travel for work all the time. I found myself in bars talking to bartenders, and I just gradually developed friendships,” she says. “I would say for the most part, 99 percent of people working behind a bar are there because they love to make people happy. And so I just love the experience of being on one side of the hospitality culture — what that meant, what that made me feel like.”