Aisha Tyler was only half-joking when she nicknamed herself "the black female Ryan Seacrest."
But her upcoming schedule might make even the omnipresent "American Idol" host and media mogul want to take a nap.
Tyler, one of the hosts of the daily syndicated chat fest "The Talk," is publishing her second book, "Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation," this month and serving as emcee on a revival of the cult favorite comedy, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
As she's done for many years running, she'll immerse herself in the geeky, sci-fi crowd she describes as "my tribe, my people" at the Comic-Con genre convention in San Diego later this month. She'll be stumping for, among other projects, the next season of "Archer," FX's bawdy animated hit, in which she plays voluptuous super-spy Lana Kane.
There's another stand-up tour in the offing and groundwork nearly completed on a TV comedy special to shoot this fall. Tyler continues to produce regular installments of her popular "Girl on Guy" podcast, while tweeting frequently to her 270,000 Twitter followers.
She popped up on recent episodes of AMC's "The Talking Dead" and CBS' "Hawaii Five-O" and might've inadvertently made herself a go-to awards show presenter when she realized on stage that she'd been given the wrong envelope at June's Daytime Emmys. She vamped until the Emmy folks provided the winner in the correct category. Typical headline from the event: "Tyler's quick thinking saves Daytime Emmys mix-up."
"When I'm more prolific, I'm more creative, I'm more engaged," she said in her Radford Studios dressing room outside a recent taping of "The Talk." "When I have free time, I tend to drift. But 15,000 jobs might be the limit."
Never mind that she's a good juggler and a multi-talented multi-hyphenate performer, Tyler might just be otherworldly, joked "Archer" executive producer Matt Thompson.
He speculated that Tyler's actually from a place called "Hardworkistan," not San Francisco, and that she represents "humanity 2.0."
"She's prettier and taller and smarter than we are — the collective we, as in the American public — has funnier things to say, reads way more books," Thompson said in a phone call from his Atlanta production offices. "She may be a robot. If lasers come shooting out of her eyes some day, I'll be the one saying, 'Called it!'"
Even her avatar gets around: Tyler, an avid gamer, will appear in Ubisoft's fall-launching action video game, "Watch Dogs," which she previewed recently on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."
Some TV viewers got their introduction to the Dartmouth-educated Tyler through E!'s "Talk Soup," where her biting wit and improv chops were on full display. Others know her from dramas like "The Ghost Whisperer," "24" and espionage thriller "Xiii." Before that, she played a love interest to both Ross and Joey on "Friends." Scattered throughout have been roles in movies like "Babymakers," "The Santa Clause 2" and "Balls of Fury."
There's been no well-laid plan for her professional life — "I would love to be that Machiavellian," she said — and Tyler still considers herself an outlier in spite of exposure that's moving her more toward the mainstream every day. (She frequently uses words like "awkward" and "gangly" to describe herself and said she felt like she didn't belong at a recent star-studded Hollywood fundraiser.)
"She's not taking the easy way out, like going the bimbo route," said Wayne Brady, her costar on "Whose Line Is it Anyway," premiering July 16 on the CW. "She stands up for who she is."
That includes telling embarrassing stories about herself, not just in her live appearances but throughout "Self-Inflicted Wounds." The book, launching July 9, was born of a segment on Tyler's podcast where she asks her celebrity guests to talk about ways they've unwittingly sabotaged themselves.
Since she could relate, she spun it into a memoir of sorts, confessing to bad decisions that include, but are by no means limited to, nearly slicing herself in half on a trash-heap toy horse as a kid and tweeting while tipsy as an adult.
"She's not afraid to be the butt of the joke," said Carrie Thornton, executive editor at HarperCollins' It Books, publisher of "Self-Inflicted Wounds." "There's a fearlessness about her."
Thornton, also publisher of Amy Poehler's in-the-works illustrated diary, said it's a great era for female comedians.
"Self-Inflicted Wounds" is likely to appeal to Tyler's podcast fans, a group that skews slightly more male than female, because Tyler "refused to dumb anything down, even when I said, 'Are people going to understand those esoteric references to literature and sci-fi?'" Thornton said.
Even with the present so jam-packed, Tyler's always considering the future. Her working-class roots — she was raised mostly by a single father — dictate that she constantly hustles, she said.
She doubts she'll ever star in a "Spider-Man-style" blockbuster, "unless Spider-Man is played by Morgan Freeman," even though she's has a lifelong addiction to big-budget popcorn films.
Brady said he could see Tyler hosting the Oscars if she set that in her sights, or starring in a sitcom she writes herself. Thompson, who has worked with Tyler on "Archer" and its touring live show, said she's indefatigable.
"The scary thing is, I think she can do more," Thompson said. "She could take over the world. Or rule Google Glass."