About Rickey Smiley
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
celebrated performers. Most recently, his memoir Stand by 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 nationallysyndicated
radio personality, Rickey has earned a reputation for
delivering to audiences both on and off stage. With the distinct ability
to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold,
Rickey is one of the few “clean” comics amongst the upper echelon of contemporary comedians.
At any 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).
Rickey 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+ markets.
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
amusing series features the balancing act of a working radio host, comedian, business mogul, and
philanthropist with the joys and pains of being a single father of four.
Continuing 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.