Funnyman Rickey Smiley is known for making millions laugh. As a much loved comedian, television host, and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality, Smiley has earned a reputation for delivering audience pleasing performances onstage or off. With the distinct ability to take everyday observations and skillfully create comedic gold, Smiley is a standout in the entertainment world.
Rickey Smiley is one of the few âcleanâ comics that is amongst the upper echelon of contemporary great comedians. The multi-talented comedian, is however, much, much more. His audiences are treated to such original characters as “Bernice Jenkins” (AKA Granny Swims, Ms. Johnson or Mrs. Francis), “Lil’ Daryl,” “Rusty Dale” and “Beauford.” Bernice Jenkins has a Grandson named Rufus, who’s a stereotype modern day “Gangsta”. In addition, his show often includes a band which he accompanies, playing several instruments and singing.
In 2007, Rickey Smiley became the host of the âRickey Smiley Morning Showâ, one of the funniest, and most compelling morning shows in the country. Smiley has taken the world by storm with his unique blend of comedy and irreverent commentary. Every morning, Smiley brings to life his many beloved characters and bits, such as, his famous prank phone calls, “Paternity Test Tuesday”, “Wake Up Wednesday” (political talk), “Gary’s Tea”, “News You Can’t Use”, or âThe Joke of the Day”. The âRickey Smiley Morning Showâ is a blend of laughter, serious discussion of social issues, political awareness, and community outreach.
Smiley is the only comedian who has had the honor of hosting BETâs âComic Viewâ for two seasons. He has made numerous television and movie appearances over the years and has produced six comedy cdâs (see credits below). He also has released several humorous songs based on his bits, such as “Roll Tide” featuring his redneck character Beauford, and “We Miss Robert” based on a routine in which a friend of a deceased drug dealer performs a rap song at the funeral.
Rickey Smiley will release his latest cd âPrank Calls: Volume VIâ soon and will be featured in the upcoming sequel to “Stomp The Yard 2: Homecomingâ this fall. A proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Smiley spends most of his free time in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama with his children.