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The 4th and final entrant in the CBS Sweepstakes to take over for Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show is

AISHA TYLER



@aishatyler on twitter


As previously stated, all 4 of these people already are a part of the CBS family, and Aisha doubly so: she is the current host of The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and one of the hosts of the CBS daily gabfest: "The Talk."

What some people may not know or remember is that Aisha is the only one of the 4 who has already had her own late night talk show! She came in and hosted E!'s Talk Soup for a long run.

Additionally, when Craig Kilborn departed the LLS for wherever he wound up going, Aisha was one of the many people given a shot at hosting for one night, back about ten years ago. So, she's been talking for quite some time!

Aisha has been involved with a lot of varied productions - from a serious arc on Day 4 of "24" to voice over work for her wild comedy cartoon "Archer" to being "The Black Girl on 'Friends,'" it's all in a day's work for Ms. Tyler.

"Ghost Whisperer," "CSI," "Hawaii Five-O," is there a CBS show that Ms. Tyler hasn't hit up yet? Of course, I think she might have an inside track to getting the Late Late job if she wants it: she sits right next to Julie Chen every day on "The Talk," and Chen is, of course, the wife of Les Moonves, Chairman of the CBS Network. If anyone can get a meeting for a shot at hosting the gig, Aisha is the one.

As I stated previously, Women and Persons of Color have had a very difficult time finding a place in late night television. With Aisha Tyler, you get a twofer! Where she may not have been the right person to take over for Kilborn when he left, she is definitely seasoned and ready to handle the job now. Certainly after being part of the round table of "The Talk," where with that many hosts, it's difficult to get in a question or a joke, she manages to stand out, and always keeps it fresh and fun. Imagine if she gets a chance to do that on her own!

If you want star power, Aisha is the only one of the 4 that is currently in the Top 1000 on IMDb (but the other three are all in the Top 5000, so there's plenty of star power to go around). And she is the only one of the four to be a Celebrity Jeopardy! Champion! I don't know if that makes her more qualified to host, but it's a pretty impressive achievement.

With her vast talents, her experience with interviewing, her intelligence and her comedy chops, Aisha Tyler is a formidable contender for the job of Late Late Show host!

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pen_grunt
May. 7th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
I love her--think she's completely sharp, witty, funny, etc. I'd be all for it.
penpusher
May. 7th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
Certainly she's one of the best. I wouldn't have a problem with any of these four taking over, But I have to admit I am leaning a little on the side of the two Ivy Grads... Whitney graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Aisha is a graduate of Dartmouth. Very smart and very funny ladies both!
penpusher
May. 7th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, and P.S.! apparently Salon thinks so too! Aisha is listed as a 3-1 Favorite!

http://www.salon.com/2014/05/07/10_female_comedians_who_could_break_tvs_glass_ceiling_partner/
ravenfeather
May. 7th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
Celebrity Jeopardy champion may be more important than you think. I don't know if the questions are at the same difficulty rating as the "regular" show, but two key skills in playing that show are vast knowledge of many subjects and speed of recall. Both are useful in interviewing.

I watched a clip of an interview David Letterman did with Peyton Manning yesterday, and the speed that he inserted the Belichick joke and the knowledge of the incident in a baseball fan oriented person was impressive. Of course his research team could be responsible for the knowledge.
penpusher
May. 7th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
Well, we do know that the Jeopardy! staff give the celebs a bit of a break (they're playing for charity and the game doesn't want to embarrass any stars) when it comes to questions. But I'm sure Aisha could play the regular game and win too... she's a Dartmouth grad! Still, even in the easier version, you still need those skills and she's got 'em!

Of course, all shows have a "pre-interview," where a producer goes over with the celeb what the topics of discussion would be (what to talk about and what areas NOT to discuss), Ferguson typically tears up the blue cards from those discussions and just talks about whatever. But yeah... all of that is part of the process of a typical talk show, and anything that allows a host to get in a good joke is coveted!

ravenfeather
May. 7th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
Many many years ago when I had a television service that carried BBC my daughter used to watch this really crazy talk show, where the host did just that - just talked cold. It was sometimes side splitting funny, but most of the time I found it boring. My daughter loved all of it though.
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