In a world full of geeks very few people within the industry can stand tall and say “I paved the way”, but for someone like Aisha Tyler we’re pretty sure she has repeated that once a day to herself, or so we like to think. Being brave and stepping into numerous roles which allowed people with ranges of talent to view a new opportunity for themselves from the comfort of their own home. Especially women of color. It allowed us to gravitate towards a handful of different avenues within the entertainment industry.
Tyler’s resume stands strong as it adapts a mix of stand up comedian, tv host, screenwriter for film, entertainment personality, professional video game nerd, voice overs for epic video games, podcast creator for the award winning Girl On Guy which had 222 successful episodes, she’s a boss whiskey magician, an author of her own books like Swerve and Self Inflicted Wounds, the answer is Yes she was on the tv show Friends long running and so much more. She’s never afraid to be herself and that shows in everything she does. Tyler has been the permanent stamp of a modern day chancer; the chameleon. The one who knows how to make people laugh and still want to listen afterwards. That’s talent.
As we gun it all the way back to 1991 when Talk Soup on E!’s The Soup, the proud San Francisco native stepped into the role as being the first African American and female host. Showing face and superb comedic timing for 6 Seasons all the doors seemed to open for Tyler.
Just recently with an interview with Good Morning America Tyler touches on diversity and explains, “I think it’s really important for people to see people that look like them. And also to see a diversity of people. It’s not all about seeing a monolith of people that look like you, but seeing lots of diversity and lots of complimentary talent and backgrounds and experiences.”
Stepping out as a powerful woman of color in the industry, Tyler used a platform for her voice. She informed others that there was a missing piece to the puzzle maybe some never noticed was there. Yet a monumental moment of ‘this is who I am and nothing is going to stop me from doing what I want’ every time she stood on stage was commendable. Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at The Fillmore did just that. The completely raw and uncensored attitude was all of our cup of tea’s because we were seeing someone break barriers from a birds eye view. Also we can’t forget the amazing music video that was created made from inside the creative state of Aisha Tyler.
Tyler understands the process of what it is to be a nerd and to grow up as an outsider and being different. Video Games coming into the picture was the glue that held interest throughout all the years and ongoing.
Having dreams come true like being the voice inside a game after always being an established gamer since childhood was everything. Voice acting seemed like a natural progression for someone involved in film by her energy towards storytelling. That allowed Tyler to have her voice added into Halo Reach in 2010 which was the 5th installment of Halo at that time. During that release and period of gameplay, Halo was a very revolutionary piece of content that opened the doors of first person shooters for us gamers. Meanwhile, Gears Of War 3 and Watch Dogs have also been added onto Tyler’s voice acting resume.
Not only does Tyler bring the super spy, Lane Kane, to life in FXX’s Archer but whatever her mind gets set on she steps in to deliver. Even if she gets to wear sweatpants during the entire process as if jealousy doesn’t exist. Archer has been running for more than 10 years now and the American award winning animated comedy series isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Season 11 just aired last month back on September 16th (2 days before Aisha Tyler’s birthday mind you) and it’s just what the Doctor ordered.. more laughs for 2020.
Meanwhile, if you’re wondering what to pair your tv time with you might as well check out Courage + Stone because Aisha Tyler once again is making it happen. Her idea of making divine and yummy drinks in the comfort of your home isn’t only smart but needed. Especially because her curated fundraisers to raise money for charity. During this current pandemic, life can be a bit more rough for some and a little pickup can never hurt. And for workers in the restaurant industry Tyler found a solution to a problem and is currently helping. If that isn’t enough her time is also currently used to host the Official After Show for The Boys Season 2 called Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys on Prime Video. The Season Finale dropped on October 9th however the show got renewed as IGN mentioned for yet another Season and we are feeling over the moon.
If Tyler could be cloned the geek world would be a better place. But for now we will always remember the interview Tyler did at SYFY NYCC 2018 as she speaks on Geek Culture:
“I think it’s really important for nerd culture to be a welcoming culture. Because we all know what it’s like to be kept out. We have to reject this principle, and I get it, we feel like ‘we built this now you can’t have it’ but, we’re doing this to nerds that was done to us and it’s just not right. We have to reject it.” Tyler continues, “We’re stronger when we welcome people in. Because this is a culture that celebrates what we love. This is a culture of passion, it’s a culture of fandom, it’s a culture passion, not a culture of inclusion. And uh, it really makes me crazy when we gate keep.”
We felt that Aisha Tyler, and we are still running with it till this day.
For the rest of you all, so the next time you play a game while making a quirky joke or maybe you just stand tall when someone says, ‘you can’t do something’ just think real hard that our idol of geek culture’s trophy winner might have had something to do with it. Especially if you’re randomly starting read Chuck Palahniuk books outside of Seattle. Maybe you looked at Trinity from The Matrix in a different light in 1999 too. Actually, it might have to be Silversun Pickups forever being the band that always has a catchy song and a little passion for campaign gameplay.
Just, think about it.
Until then, do you have a favorite video game memory? Because Aisha Tyler does. And you should too because we would love to hear about it. And to the ones that denied her nerd crown from back in the day, she had a message for you all along.