Aisha Taylor 2

Sunday is like this entertainment scrum for me, because I’ve only got a day, one day of fun. So I want to have brunch, and I want to see a movie, and I want to watch ‘Game of Thrones,’ and I’m trying to watch ‘The Sopranos’ from the beginning, and I want to play four hours of video games. So, it’s, like, as regimented as my work life.
Aisha Tyler

I grew up on the back of a motorcycle – my dad didn’t have a car until I was a teenager.
Aisha Tyler

I have a lot of good girlfriends that I really love, but you know, most of my close friends are men.
Aisha Tyler

I was always a theatrical kid.
Aisha Tyler

I acted out a lot. I was very nerdy. I was very isolated, which I made up for by kind of talking and trying to entertain people and get them to like me, so I did theatre and improv in high school and college, but always as a hobby.
Aisha Tyler

I’ve always been an outsider.
Aisha Tyler

Not only was I the only black kid and the only poor kid, but my parents were transcendental meditation devotees, and I live in an ashram for a good portion of my childhood.
Aisha Tyler

I’d like to provide an SAT word in everything I do.
Aisha Tyler

My hands are delicate and elegant, thank you very much. They’re well-kept; my nails are clean.
Aisha Tyler

If you look at shows like ‘Def Comedy Jam’ in its heyday, there were so many really funny, talented black comics that never would have gotten on that show because they just weren’t doing comedy that fit that mold.
Aisha Tyler

The only way I was going to be funny was if I was myself, and either you liked it, or you didn’t. Either you got on my train, or you didn’t. Freeing myself of this idea that I had to fit a certain mold was when I was able to be my funniest.
Aisha Tyler

One of the first movies my dad took me to see was the original ‘Road Warrior.’ And I was kind of raised on the action movies of that era: ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Die Hard’ and, of course, all of the ‘Star Wars’ movies.
Aisha Tyler

It’s always been the genres that fascinated me. I think great action movies and great thrillers are transformative.
Aisha Tyler

I remember leaving the first ‘Matrix’ movie feeling completely radicalized, completely changed. I think we all, from our ordinary lives, like to think about putting ourselves into these extraordinary situations and wonder how we’d respond.
Aisha Tyler

I see the first ‘Bourne’ movie as really kind of a fulcrum in changing the modern action film, where things are really gritty and really character-driven. Think about how the entire Bond franchise was completely radicalized by Bourne.
Aisha Tyler

Chris Parnell’s a genius, so he’d be amazing on ‘Who’s Line.’
Aisha Tyler

I’m surrounded by geniuses, which is really not good for my own personal self-esteem!
Aisha Tyler

Dartmouth represented a great opportunity. I wanted to go to the best possible school I could go to.
Aisha Tyler

Dartmouth is a small school with high-caliber teaching. Our classes were all taught by professors, not teaching assistants. I felt like that was a school where I could make a big splash. The opportunities would be grander and more robust for me there than at a school with 40,000 students.
Aisha Tyler

I didn’t mind being in a school with a small African-American population. The African-American-community was very tight, and that was great. But I also wanted to interact with other types of folks.
Aisha Tyler

Every culture is very important. Dartmouth has always been dedicated to diversity of culture.
Aisha Tyler

I tell jokes, chat with people, and make stuff.
Aisha Tyler

I am constantly re-evaluating my goals and trying to strike items from my to-do list that aren’t critical.
Aisha Tyler

Pursuit of perfection is futile. Instead, I prioritize and often realize goals or tasks I’ve been aiming for just aren’t that important.
Aisha Tyler

Standup comedy is inordinately difficult. If doing something else for a living will make you equally happy, choose that instead. I’m serious. Comedy is punishing.
Aisha Tyler

I think people assume that because I talk the way that I talk that I grew up with money, and then I’ve had to say, ‘No, I grew up poor.’ And then I was like, ‘Why do I have to play this game where the only black experience that’s authentic is the one where you grew up in poverty?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous.
Aisha Tyler

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