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Audiences watching "The Talk" might not know that panelist Aisha Tyler began performing stand-up comedy two decades ago.

Tyler, whom some will remember as the host of "Talk Soup" in between Greg Kinnear and Joel McHale, spent the month of August perfecting her new material (she will record a comedy special next month) while she took time off to write a script and a book.

She also tapes a popular podcast and is a gamer who can't wait until "Halo 4" is released later this year.

With so much on her plate, it's not surprising she's never performed in Utah before. "I have never done stand-up in Utah, in front of people drinking fermented water," Tyler said in a phone interview. But don't expect behind-the-scenes details from "The Talk" or other run-ins with celebrities. "Who gives a crap about celebrities?" she said. Her conversational, personal style shows the influences of her inspirations, such as George Carlin, Dave Chappelle and Marc Maron. "The most important thing is honesty," she said. There's one thing she is also sure about, now that the Olympics are over. "Synchronized diving serves no purpose."

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.Where • Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 SouthTickets • $20 at

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