#327: Aisha Tyler — How to Use Pain, Comedy, and Practice for Creativity

7/16/2018, 3:01:15 PM , duration(0:0:8)
Business Health Education
<p><strong>Aisha Tyler</strong> (@aishatyler on <a href="https://twitter.com/aishatyler" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/aishatyler" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, and <a href="https://vimeo.com/aishatyler" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>) is an award-winning director, actor, comedian, bestselling author, podcaster, and activist.&nbsp;She’s amazing. If you enjoyed my episodes with <a href="https://tim.blog/2018/06/18/brandon-stanton-humans-of-new-york/" target="_blank">Brandon Stanton</a>, <a href="https://tim.blog/2017/01/12/how-to-design-a-life-debbie-millman/" target="_blank">Debbie Millman</a>, or <a href="https://tim.blog/2017/02/02/lessons-from-warren-buffett-bobby-fischer-and-other-outliers/" target="_blank">Adam Robinson</a>, among others, you will love this one.</p><p>Whether you do any type of creative work, want to be too complex to categorize, or want to overcome rejection and beat the odds, this one has something for you.</p><p>Aisha voices superspy Lana Kane on F/X's Emmy award-winning animated comedy series <a href="https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/archer" target="_blank">Archer</a>, which won four back-to-back Television Critics' Choice Awards. She is a regular on the hit CBS show <a href="https://www.cbs.com/shows/criminal_minds/" target="_blank">Criminal Minds</a>, now in its 13th season, for which she has also directed. Aisha continues to host the CW's hit improv show, <a href="http://www.cwseed.com/shows/whose-line-is-it-anyway/" target="_blank">Whose Line Is It Anyway</a>, and she is launching a line of bottled cocktails she created, <a href="https://www.courageandstone.com" target="_blank">Courage + Stone</a>, in Summer of 2018.</p><p>Aisha was a co-host for seven seasons of CBS's Emmy-winning daytime show <a href="https://www.cbs.com/shows/the_talk/" target="_blank">The Talk</a>, which she departed in September 2017 to focus more on acting and directing. She is also well-remembered for her character arc on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friends" target="_blank">Friends</a>, and she was the first African-American to have a long-standing role on the show. Her feature film debut, the thriller <a href="https://youtu.be/9RwHw8t9tGo" target="_blank">AXIS</a>, premiered 2017, and the won the Outstanding Achievement in Feature Filmmaking award at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival, then had a theatrical run at Arclight Hollywood, Landmark NYC and Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, Texas. A San Francisco native, Aisha graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government and Environmental Policy. An avid gamer and passionate advocate (and occasional adversary) of the gaming community, Aisha's voice can be heard in the video games <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002BSA20M/offsitoftimfe-20" target="_blank">Halo: Reach</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002I0H79C/offsitoftimfe-20" target="_blank">Gears of War 3</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00BI83EVU/offsitoftimfe-20" target="_blank">Watch Dogs</a>. Aisha is a bourbon and hard rock fan, a snowboarder, and a sci-fi obsessive.</p><p>Enjoy!</p><p><strong>This episode is brought to you by </strong><a href="https://teeter.com/Tim/" target="_blank"><strong>Teeter</strong></a><strong>.</strong> Inversion therapy, which uses gravity and your own body weight to decompress the spine or relieve pressure on the discs and surrounding nerves, seems to help with a whole slew of conditions. And just as a general maintenance program, it's one of my favorite things to do.</p><p>Since 1981, more than three million people have put their trust in <a href="https://teeter.com/Tim/" target="_blank"><strong>Teeter</strong></a> inversion tables for relief, and it's the only inversion table brand that's been both safety-certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and registered with the FDA as a class one medical device. 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