Funnyman Rickey Smiley is known for making millions laugh for over 20 years. As a much loved comedian, television host, and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality, Smiley has earned a reputation for delivering for audiences on and off stage. With the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold, Smiley is a standout in the entertainment world.
Rickey Smiley is one of the few “clean” comics amongst the upper echelon of contemporary great Comedians. His audiences are treated to such original characters as “Mrs. Bernice Jenkins,” “Lil’ Daryl,” “Joe Willie” and “Beauford.” In addition, his comedy shows often include a live band, which he accompanies playing several instruments and singing.
Rickey Smiley has taken the world by storm with his unique blend of comedy and originality. In 2007, Smiley became the host of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, one of the funniest and most compelling morning shows in the country. Based in Atlanta, in over 50 markets, and growing, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show is a blend of laughter, community outreach, social political awareness and celebrity news.
Rickey Smiley is the only comedian who has had the honor of hosting BET’s Comic View for two seasons. Over the years, he has made numerous television and movie appearances. He has released eight comedy CDs complied of hilarious prank phone calls, church announcements and parodies (see credits below). In addition to his comedy CD’s Smiley released his DVD Special, “Open Casket Sharp,” that premiered on BET in the Fall of 2011 and debut #1 on iTunes.
Rickey Smiley and veteran TV producer/director Roger Bobb have teamed up to create The Rickey Smiley Show. “The Rickey Smiley Show” is a sitcom, starring Rickey Smiley, as a comedian, nationally syndicated radio personality, and single father of three; a character a loosely based on his own life. The show’s stories are derived from Rickey’s attempt to raise his children by himself and still have a personal life. As well, Rickey handles situations that arise at the radio station, which entails office politics, social issues, celebrity appearances, music, and of course, humor. The Rickey Smiley Show air Tuesday night’s 8/9c on TvOne.
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is featured in a daily entertainment news television show, Dish Nation. They will be paired with other nationally syndicated radio personalities. Dish Nation airs weeknights on FOX affiliates.
In addition to the radio and tv shows, in 2012 Smiley completed the Laugh and Shout Experience tour. The tour headlined Rickey Smiley as Minister Joe Willie 2joined by the Deuteronomaires featuring Gospel artists Earnest Pugh, Zacardi Cortez, and Darlene McCoy. The Laugh and Shout Experience tour is set to resume in the Fall.
Rickey Smiley is a graduate of Alabama State University and proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. His free time is spent with his loving children in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.