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Rickey Smiley stars in TV One's comedy "The Rickey Smiley Show."

Funnyman Rickey Smiley is known for making millions laugh for over 20 years professionally. As a much loved comedian, television host, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality, he 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, he is a standout in the entertainment world. He 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.

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 show is a blend of laughter, community outreach, social political awareness and celebrity news. In fall 2012 "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" will be featured in a daily entertainment news television show, "Dish Nation." They will be paired with four other nationally syndicated radio personalities.

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. In addition to his comedy CD's Smiley released his DVD Special, "Open Casket Sharp," which premiered on BET in fall 2011 and debut #1 on iTunes.

In addition to the radio and TV shows, Smiley recently completed the Laugh and Shout Experience tour. The tour headlined Smiley as Minister Joe Willie joined by the Deuteronomaires featuring Gospel artists Earnest Pugh, Zacardi Cortez, and Darlene McCoy.

Smiley is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. His free time is spent with his loving children in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.


Hometown: Birmingham, AL

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