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Aisha Tyler was born in San Francisco, California; she pursued an early interest in comedy during high school, when she would skip her regular course to attend local comedy improv classes. She attended Dartmouth College where she earned a degree in political science with a minor in environmental policy.
After briefly working for a San Francisco advertising firm, she toured the country pursing a comedy career before finally moving to Los Angeles, California in 1996. Her career in television took off in 2001 with jobs as the host of Talk Soup and the reality-dating series The Fifth Wheel , although Talk Soup was cancelled the following year and Tyler left The Fifth Wheel in 2002 to pursue other interests. Tyler has devoted a significant amount of her time to independent projects, including a role in the play Moose Mating, for which she received an NAACP Image Award. She also wrote, directed, and starred in the independent short film The Whipper.
Most recently, Tyler landed a recurring role in the final two seasons of the hit situation-comedy Friends and 24 she currently has a recurring role on CSI. She also moved into print media as a regular contributor to Glamour and Jane magazines; her first book, Swerve: A Guide to the Sweet Life for Postmodern Girls (ISBN 0525948066) was released in January 2004. She is often cited as one of the "rising stars to watch" in the entertainment industry.
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