Podcast Tuesday: Comedy & Caffeine with Aisha Tyler
Welcome to Podcast Tuesday, where our D.C.-dwelling friends at MaDCap hook us up with the latest and greatest in the world of music and entertainment interviews. They sat down with Aisha Tyler–actress, comedian, podcaster and more–to discuss what it was like being the only African American, 6-foot-tall kid on the playground. So, what did we learn?
Do you remember the best night of standup that you’ve done?
“Well I love standup, so every night is a good night. But a memorable night is when I did my first comedy special. I went home, I did it at the Fillmore in San Francisco. That was pretty incredible. And it sold out, it was packed, I got a standing ovation at the end of the night, I didn’t mess up any of my jokes, I felt mentally strong, physically strong… I only taped one show, so if it didn’t go well I didn’t have anything to fall back on, and I just destroyed… it was a beautiful moment in time. And also I had gone back to my old hometown to do the show, a place where I didn’t get any traction as a comedian when I lived there, and a lot of people who had gone to my high school came so I was able to tell the mean girls to suck it.”
Tell us about an interview that just went completely wrong.
“We’ve only had one, and it’s never posted and I don’t think I’ll ever post it. I won’t tell you who it is, I’ll just say I interviewed really early in the life of the show a chef who is kind of like a pompous ass… he’s really talented but I think he just felt like he was super awesome and kind of doing me a favor. And the show wasn’t established yet, so as far as he knew, he was doing me a favor. But he never told the truth. I’m not saying he was a liar, but a big part of the show is people get into the room with me and kind of let all their guard down and they’re honest… He thought he was doing an interview for the food network or something.”
What fuels your creativity?
“I am disappointingly straight edge. I’ve never been a big drug person… whatever limited experimentation I was going to do I did when I was high school/college age. And came out of college pretty much not interested in doing anything illicit or illegal. I love booze, and I’m a big spirits enthusiasts, but I also stopped drinking for a while, and when I went back to drinking my drinking has become veeery minimalistic since then… It has less to do with a function of my age, and more to do with the fact that I have so much work on my plate that I’m not affective if I’m not at 100% every single minute that my eyeballs are open.”
Listen to the entire interview below, courtesy of MaDCapdc.org…
MaDCap with Aisha Tyler
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