Rickey Smiley, is best known as a comedian, television host, actor and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality; Smiley has become one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated performers. Hailing from Birmingham Alabama, Rickey rose to superstardom after igniting his 25-year career serving as opening act for Industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace, and Carl Strong.
In 2000 Rickey started his climatic rise to stardom as the headlining host of BET’s “ComicView” and became further distinguished as the only comedian who has had the honor of hosting two consecutive successful seasons catapulting the show to it’s highest ratings in history. After achieving this milestone, BET then quickly signed Rickey to host “The Way We Do It” during the 2001-2002 season, which later became one of the networks top five shows. Smiley also delivered unforgettable appearances on “Showtime At The Apollo,” “Uptown Comedy Club”, HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and “Snaps.”
In 2007 Smiley became the host of the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” one of the funniest and most compelling radio programs in the country. Based in Atlanta, in over 55 markets, and growing, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show is a blend of laughter, social issues and celebrity news. The “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is featured within a wildly popular daily entertainment news television show on Dish Nation. The show is paired with other nationally syndicated radio personalities and airs weeknights on FOX affiliates.
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 ”. The amusing series features the balancing act of a working radio host and comedian with the joys and pains of being a single father of three. 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 Benjamin’s” and “Friday After Next,” along with his most recent starring turn in the hit romantic comedy “Baggage Claim.” In 2017, Smiley was also featured in Lee Daniel’s hit FOX network show, “STAR.”
Life off-stage, Rickey is dedicated to empowering and enriching the communities in which he serves daily. This performer has a heart of gold reflected in his burning commitment and ongoing desire to champion underserved youth through his financial support and the utilizing of his powerful platforms to be a change agent for the greater good of his community. Rickey Smiley also is an esteemed and honored member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and cherishes parenting as a devoted father.
With a heart of gold reflected in his burning commitment and ongoing desire to champion underserved youth through his financial support and the utilizing of his powerful platforms to be a change agent for the greater good of his community. Rickey Smiley also is an esteemed and honored member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and cherishes parenting as a devoted father.