Rickey Smiley has been working the comedy circuit for the past sixteen years and it has paid off. Establishing himself as a clean comic, his down home southern humor has made him a favorite in the nation's top comedy venues.
From intimate comedy clubs to sold out crowds at Madison Square Garden, the Universal Amphitheater and the Lincoln Center, Rickey's unique style of humor resonates with his audiences unlike any other comic on the road today.
He has continued to please. In November of 2002, Rickey joined fellow heavyweight comedians D. L. Hughley, J. Anthony Brown, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, and Sommore on the Latham Entertainment Presents Tour. This multi-city mega stadium tour, produced by Walter Latham of the Kings
and Queens of Comedy, was a huge success. Walter Latham will be putting
them back on tour in the fall of 2003 because of the demand of more
comedy from the fans. Rickey also made his mark in the feature film
arena, appearing in New Line Cinema's "Friday After Next", which was
released on November 22, 2002.
Best known as host of the 2000 season of BET's "ComicView", Rickey led the show to its highest jump in ratings in the show's ten-year history. BET then quickly signed him to host "The Way We Do It" during the 2001-2002 season, and that show went on to become one of the top five
shows on the network. It's his genuine love of performing that has
brought Rickey many accolades on stage, on camera and off. He was a
guest presenter on the 2001 NAACP Image Awards and hosted the special
awards banquet for the 2002 Stellar Gospel Music Awards. He can
currently be heard every weekday on Dallas' 97.9 The Beat Hip Hop radio
station from 6 am to 10 am. In his personal life, he finds time to
devote to church, to charities, to the Big Brother Program and to
Smiley's characters have become his comedic trademark. From Bernice and her church announcements to Coach McClainy and his lack of motivational skills, Rickey's audiences can't seem to get enough of him.
Rickey is so convincing doing his character impersonations. He has released five comedy CDs. They are The Best of Comedian Rickey Smiley: Volume I, Rickey Smiley Prank Phone Calls Volume II, Rickey Smiley: Volume III, Rickey Smiley: “Off the Hook” Volume IV and Rickey Smiley
Prank Phone Calls Volumes V. These CDs are sold daily to several of his
fans via phone and the Internet at his website www.rickeysmiley.com.
One of the most diverse entertainers today, Rickey's fan base covers a broad range - from the very young to the very old. Grandparents often show up at Rickey's shows, knowing they will not be embarrassed by the material. When Rickey headlines a large venue, it is not unusual to
find parents bringing their children to watch him perform. His style of
comedy is recognizable, approachable, and best of all hilarious. He is
inspired by the support of his fans on the road. He makes it a habit to
personally greet his audiences as they are leaving the shows. The top
comedy club chains in the country consider Rickey a high commodity. The
Improv, The Funny Bone, Zanies, The Comedy House Theatre, Carolines on
Broadway and many other clubs list Rickey as one of their favorite
comics to work with because of his "laid back" personality. Rickey is
currently working on his debut stage play scheduled to begin touring in
late 2006 titled “Didn’t Nobody Call and Tell Me Nothing” starring
Rickey as the beloved Bernice Jenkins.