7 Things That Make Aisha Tyler Smile

Aisha Tyler and the Taj Mahal
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What gets the comedian, host, and Criminal Minds star Aisha Tyler grinning.

1. Global travel

I spent this past Christmas in Machu Picchu, Peru, and have set foot on every continent but Asia. India is my next trip, followed by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Travel opens your mind and creates compassion, empathy, and perspective.

2. Improv comedy

I am lucky that I get to watch crackerjack improvisers create in real time when I host Whose Line Is It Anyway? I am dazzled by their brilliance and just hope a bit of it rubs off on me.

3. Gender-free clothes

I'm happiest in a cozy pair of boys' sweatpants, flip-flops, and a V-neck tee. I'm a California girl, born and bred—I'll take shorts over diamonds any day.

4. Directing

This past year I finally got to direct my first feature film! Even though we did it on a shoestring budget in just seven days, I am completely hooked.

5. Road trips

There's nothing more liberating than jumping in the car and just going. I love far-flung destinations but am just as happy taking a drive to the beach, mountains, or desert.

6. Urban trails

Los Angeles has incredible jewels of wilderness in the heart of the sprawling city. I get in a hike whenever I can.

7. My whiskey collection

I love American and Irish whiskeys, and I've built the ultimate woman cave. There's nothing more fun than inviting a friend over to try something they haven't had before—especially guys who think they know everything about whiskey!

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