Comedy legend and entertainment mogul Rickey Smiley is a television
host, actor and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality, and
has become one of the entertainment industry’s most
celebratedperformers. Most recently, his memoir Standby Your Truth And Then Run for Your Life was
released by Gallery Books, he joined the Martin Lawrence 2018 LIT AF
nationwide tour as well as the Mike Epps Platinum Comedy Tour, and he
co-hosted the Black Music Honors for the second time. In 2017, the
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) recognized Rickey's
excellence in broadcasting and awarded him the Marconi Award for
Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year.
He is known for
having made millions laugh for over 27 years. As a celebrated comedian,
television host and top-rated nationally- syndicated radio personality,
Rickey has earned a reputation for delivering to audiences both on and
off stage. With the distinct ability totake everydayobservations and
turn them intocomedic gold, Rickey is one of the few “clean” comics
amongst the upper echelon of contemporary comedians.
given performance, 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 (he is an accomplished pianist and organist).
has recorded eight best-selling albums, including iTunes #1
best-selling comedy album, “Rickey Smiley: Prank Calls Number 6.” Smiley
has hosted BET’s “Open Casket Sharp” and “Comic View,” and has appeared
on “Showtime At The Apollo,” “Uptown Comedy Club,” HBO’s “Def Comedy
Jam” and “Snaps.” In addition to being featured on DISH NATION, his
nationally syndicated morning radio show can be heard in over 60+
Rickey hails from Birmingham, Ala. He graduated from
Woodlawn High School and went on to attend college at Alabama State
University in Montgomery, Ala.
Rickey joined forces with Radio
One owned television network, TV One, as the star, executive producer
and namesake of his own top rated docu-series, “Rickey Smiley For Real.”
In its 5th season now, the amusingseries features the balancing act of a
working radiohost, comedian, business mogul, and philanthropist with
the joys and pains of being a single father of four.
to grow his fan base, Rickey’s arresting natural talent is best
demonstrated in his major feature film roles in urban classics including
“All About the Benjamins” and “Friday After Next,” along with his most
recent starring turn in the hit romantic comedy “Baggage Claim.”
Rickey also is an esteemed and honored member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Band fraternity.
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