Rickey Smiley is the host of BET's highly
popular nightly comedy showcase, "ComicView." The show is
consistently among the network's highest rated programs, and has been
a launching pad for numerous superstars of comedy, such as Cedric
The Entertainer and DL Hughley.
Rickey Smiley first took the stage at an amateur comedy
night at The Comedy Club in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. From
there it was on to the big leagues touring the country with such acts
as George Wallace,
Dottie Peoples and
Najee. His television appearances include Showtime
at The Apollo, HBO's Def Comedy Jam and Snaps, The Nashville Network, Uptown Comedy Club, Comic Escape, and of course, BET's own ComicView, where he competed in the show's notorious Grandstand.
Rickey Smiley takes everyday situations and
turns them into everyday humor. He does it all with the help of a few
good imaginary friends of his. Such hilarious friends include
90-year-old church lady, Ms. Bernice Jenkins, along with Lil Daryl, a
character that gained much notoriety on BET's "Live from L.A."
Rickey Smiley studied at Tuskegee University.
He is a 1992 graduate of Alabama State University, where he earned a
Bachelor's degree in English. When in his hometown of Birmingham,
otherwise known as Magic City, you can catch Rickey as part of the
"Home Team" Morning Show on WBHJ-95.7. "Ms. Bernice
Jenkins" can also be heard with her daily church announcements on
Establishing himself as a clean comic, his "down home" southern humor has made him a favorite in the nations top clubs. His brand of "church humor" resonates with his audience unlike any comic before him.
His demographics have a broad range from 7 to 87. Audience members at the comedy clubs always include grandparents, as
they know they will not be embarrassed by Rickey's material. When attending a large venue show it is not unusual to find parents
bringing their kids to watch Rickey's show.
A versatile performer, Rickey's characters have become his trademark. From Bernice's church announcements to Coach
McClainy's lack of motivational skills, Rickey's audience can't seem to get enough of Rickey dressed up as his characters.
It is his genuine love of performing that has brought Rickey Smiley many honors. He was a special guest
presenter on the 2001 NAACP Image Awards, broadcast on the FOX network, and was a co-host for the 2002 Stellar Gospel Music Awards
Although he is known for his "Southern" humor, Rickey Smiley has also played to sold out crowds at Madison Square Garden, The Universal Amphitheater and the Lincoln Center, just to name a few.
Rickey Smiley truly has struck a chord with his core audience. His star is shining brightly, and his fans couldn't be happier for it!
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