Comedy Pentathlon Champion
By Michael Dunaway
Every profession has its benchmarks, its measuring sticks by which aspirants judge their success. For comedians, there are five major ones, a sort of Comedy Pentathlon: The Talk Show, The Standup Special, The Sitcom, The Podcast (the most recently added event) and The Book. Not all comedians aspire to all five, but they do exist, and those who can do most or even several of them well are held in high regard indeed. But there are a few rare talents who succeed in all five events. That’s why Aisha Tyler is the gold medalist of the Comedy Pentathlon.
She cuts a singular figure to start with, in her person as well as...