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.


Check out more 3-minute interviews from our San Francisco newsroom.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

School district, teachers reach tentative agreement on distance learning

With less than two weeks until the start of the school year,… Continue reading

Boudin, Gascon defend NFL in controversy over Stephon Clark video

Public service announcement prompted pushback from California prosecutors association

State bill would allow families of police brutality victims to seek compensation

A group of state and local officials on Thursday joined two family… Continue reading

Retired officers seek end to decade-old age discrimination case

Retired officer Juanita Stockwell was 60 when she and her colleagues first… Continue reading

San Francisco schools estimate $25m needed to close digital divide

Private donations being sought to fund internet access, technology

Most Read