The 3-minute interview with Aisha Tyler

Although it may seem as though the actress and stand-up comedian has gone Hollywood since appearing on TV’s “Talk Soup,” “Friends” and “24”; and in this week’s movies “Balls of Fury” and “Death Sentence,” she says her heart will always bein San Francisco.

What do you like most about San Francisco? The City gets more and more beautiful every time I come home. I went to private school for two years, then Aptos Middle School and I finished at McAteer. Several of my classmates at those schools are my friends today. We get together and go to Hog Island for oysters and to the MarketBar for cocktails and talk about old times.

What did you like about “Death Sentence?” It’s a thrill to star with such great actors like Kevin Bacon, Kelly Preston and Garrett Hedlund. And I also like that I was able to play a strong, yet compassionate, detective.

When did you realize you wanted to do stand-up comedy? I went to this tiny club in San Francisco called the Holy City Zoo that was on Clement Street. It’s closed now, but it was an institution. You had to pay $2 for three minutes onstage. I didn’t realize that it was first-come, first-served. And I went really late and I was the last person onstage. It was around 2 a.m. It was just my husband and a hobo in the audience. I got one laugh and it was from the hobo. Since then, I was hooked.

What’s your next career step? I’m trying my hand at directing. I’m doing an independent movie that we haven’t started casting yet, but it’s like an edgy version of “Lethal Weapon” and “48 Hours” only with two women in it. In between the panic attacks, I’m very excited about it.


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