In 2013, Smiley began hosting his own show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, where he brings listeners to tears with his prank phone calls and relatable humor. Many of these prank calls to family, celebrities, and strangers can be found in his CD compilations. Some of his most notable prank calls include Uncle Melvin and Buried Alive. In Uncle Melvin, Smiley calls his uncle pretending to be a man who believes his girlfriend has left him and who punctuates every remark with the word "dawg.” In Buried Alive, he plays the role of a narcoleptic who falls asleep in a coffin and then calls the cemetery to request that they dig up all the graves. The radio show is based in Atlanta and has reached 55 markets. It has been characterized by the comedian himself as “a blend of laughter, social issues and celebrity news.”
Alongside his morning show, Rickey also hosts another radio show on Radio One, which he uses as an uplifting message vehicle. Radio One claims that it’s Smiley’s down-home southern charm and usage of insight rather than vulgarity to evoke laugher that helped create what is one of the most respected urban broadcasting shows in the world.
The variety and humor in the characters he adopts have made him beloved as a comedian and renowned for his special approach. Smiley has revealed that his characters are mostly real people that he's met and interacted with. Some of them are from his own family and church though many are from society in general. His shows are not made up entirely of jokes, however. He ties his shows into his activism and ends each with a point to ponder. Notable examples are discussions on women who use their own children to manipulate their partner in a relationship and he has spoken out against dead beat dads. Through humor and insight, he has managed to become a highly influential artist, perhaps even more so than many of his colleagues in the industry.
In support of families and children, he created the Rickey Smiley Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on children and teens, encouraging them to live up to their full potential.
Rickey has always been interested in politics but never pursued a career path to become a politician. He has made trips to schools to advocate for the importance of voting. He even went so far as to put up voting booths at his performances. He's also spoken out about ending the violence between the African-American communities and focused on creating sustainable family relationships.
Rickey received an invitation to the White House to interview First Lady Michelle Obama on her education initiative during the Obama presidency. While maintaining the appropriate level of professionalism, he still managed to mix it with his unique sense of humor. This active role and passion for American politics has led to speculation that Rickey may run for office in the near future but no official plans have been announced.Return to the previous page
|Date of Birth:||10-08-1968|
|Alma Mater:||Alabama State University, Tuskegee University|
|Marital Status:||Not Yet|
|Height:||6' 0" (1.83 m)|
|Net Worth:||$2.5 Million Dollars|
|Birth Place:||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Birth Date:||10 Aug, 1968|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Education:||Alabama State University|
|Net Worth 2020:||5 million|