7/8/2013 10:23 A.M. ET
Tyler hits booth in return of 'Express Written Consent'
Television personality tries her hand at calling Dodgers game with Brisiel
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
Aisha Tyler is a co-host on a show called "The Talk," so it's understandable that she has a gift for finding new and innovative ways to express herself.
So instead of just saying, "Watching a game from a suite is really cool," Tyler puts her own unique spin on it, in a way that leaves us without any doubt how she feels about the topic.
"I would watch two babies wrestle from a box seat," she said. "I don't care what's happening down there. Puppies tumbling, a guy eating a bowl of cereal ... from a suite? From a box, I'm down to watch anything."
Tyler was in the right spot for that. "Express Written Consent," sponsored by Klondike, is back for a second season, and Tyler proved to be a solid leadoff hitter to jump-start the project.
Hanging out at Dodger Stadium with MLB.com's Jeremy Brisiel, Tyler was the first of 2013 to participate in EWC, where nontraditional broadcasters -- i.e., celebrities -- try their hand at calling a Major League game. In between plays, there's plenty of chatter that may or may not have to do with baseball. That's all part of the fun.
For example, between Tyler's excited shrieks as she described a double down the left-field line by Yasiel Puig and argued baseball uniforms are worn too loosely, we learned she has a new book called "Self Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation," which comes out on Tuesday.
We also know how her "Talk Soup" predecessors would rank if she was filling out an actual roster. In an exercise titled "Start, Bench, Cut," Tyler said she'd start Joel McHale, bench Greg Kinnear ("But, she added, "he's my pinch-hitter"), and cut John Henson, though she offered a mea culpa by inviting him over to her house: "We'll have some beers."
A San Francisco native and proud Giants fan, Tyler nonetheless had some fun with Puig, the Dodgers' rookie who has captivated the baseball-watching world since debuting June 3.
"Yasiel Puig -- I can't say his name enough," she said. "Yasiel Puig. Also a delicious dish at a Mexican restaurant. Yasiel Puig. Yasiel Puig."
Tyler may be new to broadcasting, but a quick overview of her bio suggests baseball may be the only thing she hasn't done in the last decade. She is the voice of superspy Lane Kane on F/X's cartoon comedy "Archer," and she's also the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast "Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler." She also has quite an extensive TV resume, having appeared on "Friends," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "24," "Ghost Whisperer" and "Nip/Tuck."
So it comes as no surprise that she was completely comfortable in front of the Klondike-sponsored Express Written Consent camera, regardless of a lack of prior broadcasting experience. Clearly, Tyler was having a grand old time, free to say whatever was on her mind, and showing time and again why she's often referred to as "the ultimate guy's girl."
"It was super fun," Tyler said when her EWC taping was finished. "It's the first time I've done color commentary of any kind that didn't involve being in a bar. I really enjoyed it, even though I knew very little of what was actually going on on the field."
But hey, fearlessness is part of her M.O. After all, her new book describes how, in her words, "the path of success is through a minefield of failure. You literally cannot succeed without failing. It's not the people that avoid failure that win. It's the people that push through the failure, learn from it and kill at the end."
She can also laugh at herself, as she did while making this call: "That was a ball. I said it was a ball. Wasn't it a ball? It was a ball, wasn't it? It was a ball."
A ball? Definitely -- had by all.