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‘Archer,’ Podcasting, Lana Kane Cosplay, Veal Cutlets, And Truckasaurus Hands: An Interview With Aisha Tyler

By / 01.17.12

Are you guys all together when you record everything?

We’re never together.

Never?

Never.

Oh, that’s amazing. I would have assumed you would all have to be there together for it to play as well as it does.

That’s just the Hollywood magic.

That kind of bleeds into my next question. Does your standup background play into voice acting? All of you guys seem to have timing and cadence down to a science. 

None of my standup really makes its way into the show other than my sense of humor is coincidentally close to the style of the show. And I guess that’s why they wanted me for the role. But nothing about my standup, not even the way I perform or my cadence or my standup bleeds into the show.

Lana is a character, she’s her own kind of person. The show is so funny when it’s written and it’s my job to find out the funniest way to say something. So maybe just my nature as a comedic actor comes into it, but other than that, no. We all are trying to find the funniest way to execute our characters and then it’s the job of the geniuses at Archer to lay that together so it feels like we’re having an actual conversation.

I have to ask, because I know our readers will want to know — do you get any input on Lana’s outfits? Animated outfits, I should say.

No. Other than people wish that I would wear them in real life. I tell them that that will never happen.

You must get that all the time.

Oh constantly, of course. (Laughing.) Also, it’s not meta to dress up like your own television character. It’s sad. I’ve never done it and in all likelihood never will.

Will you get to or have you hung out with Burt Reynolds at all?

Oh no. None of us have. Magical TV angelhood. He just slid in, did he stuff with Adam, and slid out. And Adam’s not even here. Adam’s in Atlanta so we do all our stuff over a T1 line.

News also just broke that Bryan Cranston will be doing a guest stint this season.

Yeah. He’s already recorded his role. It’s great. That season finale is hilarious. It’s going to be fantastic.

Any other guest stars or notable personalities we should look out for?

I wish I was somebody with encyclopedic memory so I could just rattle that stuff off the top of my head. Obviously having Burt is going to be really exciting. And getting Bryan is great.

You know, you end up having blinders on a little bit. You go in and you’re making your part of the show, and then I have 42 other jobs and then I skitter away to kind of half-assedly deliver the other work I have to deliver every day. But I’m always excited and surprised when someone really great comes on so I’m looking forward to finding out who’s going to be there.

I find myself on IMDb all the time while watching trying to place a voice.

Yeah. Exactly. And we’ve had some great guests. David Cross and obviously all the people from Arrested Development. It’s great because the show now has such a great fanbase we’re able to get people like Bryan Cranston and Burt Reynolds. It’s been very, very cool.

Speaking of your other gigs, do your Talk co-hosts plan on watching Archer this season?

I don’t know. I don’t know if any of them have watched it yet. Everybody has kind of secondary projects and we’re all super supportive of each other so I will encourage them to do so and see what they think. Julie and Sharon I think would love it the most. Actually, all the women have really great senses of humor. I think they would all really like it.

They come in the next day asking all like, “What is this Whore Island?”

If you’ve ever seen Sheryl’s act. I’m pretty blue and she could beat me in an octagon smack down. And all the other women are super salty and hilarious. I think “Whore Island” would barely register.

Now for the lightning round. We’ve polled some of our guys and hardcore fans for quick questions to toss at you…


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