Best known as host of the 2000 season of BET's ComicView, Rickey lead the show to its highest jump in ratings in the show's ten-year history. BET then quickly signed Rickey to host The Way We Do It during the 2001-2002 season, and that show went on to become one of the top five shows on the network. It is his genuine love of performing that has brought Rickey many accolades, on stage, on camera and off. He was a guest presenter on the 2001 NAACP Image Awards, and hosted the special awards banquet for the 2002 Stellar Gospel Music Awards. In his personal life, he finds time in his life to devote to the church, charities, the Big Brother Program and family.
Smiley has released three comedy CDs: Rickey Smiley: Volume I and Rickey Smiley Prank Phone Calls Volume 2, and the just released Volume 3. He is also taping a comedy special at Dallas' Bronco Bowl for DVD which is scheduled for release in January 2003.
The top comedy club chains in the country consider Rickey a high commodity when it comes to ticket sales. The Improv, The Funny Bone, Zanies, The Comedy House Theatre, Carolines on Broadway and many other clubs list Rickey as one of their favorite comics to work with because of his laid back personality.
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