(Editor's note: This column was originally published on July 12, 2018.) Since leaving CBS’ The Talk a year ago, life has been non-stop for self-admitted workaholic Aisha Tyler. Not only has she produced and directed her first feature film (Axis, currently streaming on VOD platforms), she continues to provide the voice of Lana Kane for FX’s animated hit Archer (as she has for the past nine years); heads her own chat show on AMC titled Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler, continues her role as Dr. Tara Lewis on CBS’ Criminal Minds, and hosts The CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? She has been called the female Ryan Seacrest and she agrees. But back in 2002 the stand-up comic turned multifaceted performer was reeling from the cancelation of Talk SouponE! (the show she’d hosted for a year). That same year Tyler made the decision to switch career gears, expand her resume and try acting. Little did she know the decision would lead to a groundbreaking guest spot on one of her favorite shows -- Friends. It would also become something that would forever change her life.
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