Rickey Smiley
Rickey Smiley
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About Rickey Smiley
Rickey Smiley, WINNER of the 2017 Network/Syndicated Personalityof the Year “Marconi Radio Award” from the Rickey Smiley MorningShow. He’s also CEO of Breakwind Entertainment, Founder and Chairof The Rickey Smiley Foundation.He is known for having made millions laugh for over 27 years. As acelebrated comedian, television host and top-rated nationallysyndicated radio personality, Rickey has earned a reputation fordelivering to audiences both on and off stage. With the distinct abilityto take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold, Rickeyis one of the few “clean” comics amongst the upper echelon ofcontemporary comedians.At any given performance, audiences are treated to such originalcharacters as “Mrs. Bernice Jenkins,” “Lil’ Daryl,” “Joe Willie” and“Beauford.” In addition, his comedy shows often include a live band,which he often accompanies (he is an accomplished pianist and organist).Rickey has recorded eight best-selling albums, including iTunes #1 best-selling comedy album, “RickeySmiley: Prank Calls Number 6.” Smiley has hosted BET’s “Open Casket Sharp” and “Comic View,” andhas 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 showcan be heard in over 60+ markets.Rickey hails from Birmingham, Ala. He graduated from Woodlawn High School and went on to attendcollege at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala.Rickey joined forces with Radio One owned television network, TV One as the star, executive producerand namesake of his own top rated docu-series, “Rickey Smiley For Real ”. In its 5th season now, theamusing series features the balancing act of a working radio host, comedian, business Mogul, andphilanthropist 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 featurefilm roles in urban classics including “All About The Benjamin’s” and “Friday After Next,” along with hismost recent starring turn in the hit romantic comedy “Baggage Claim.”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 championvarious causes through The Rickey Smiley Foundation. A non-profit organization founded to helpunderserved communities.Rickey also is an esteemed and honored member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Kappa Kappa PsiNational Band fraternity. Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, published Smiley's first bookwhich will release October 2017 entitled STAND BY YOUR TRUTH: And Then Run for Your Life., whichis already expected to be a best seller.