Rickey Smiley is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, and radio personality, known for his prank phone calls. The calls feature Smiley disguising his voice and carrying on a conversation with the recipient of the call. He is the host of the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show based in Atlanta from its flagship affiliate WHTA “Hot 107.9”. Smiley starred in a sitcom, The Rickey Smiley Show, which aired on TV One. He is also a featured columnist on the Fox-produced tabloid nationally-syndicated TV show Dish Nation. In 2015, Smiley started appearing on Rickey Smiley For Real, a reality television series about his life.

Birth Name

Broderick Dornell Smiley


Rickey Smiley


Stand-up Comedian, Television Host, Actor, Radio Personality, Singer









Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Rickey Smiley was born on the 10th of August 1968, in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.


He’s currently 55 years old.

Sun Sign




He has African-American ancestry.





Rickey attended Woodlawn High School. Later, he graduated from there and joined Tuskegee University for a brief period of time. Eventually, in 1992, he received a bachelor’s degree in English from Alabama State University.

Family Details

  • Father – Unknown
  • Mother – Carolina Smiley Lester
  • Siblings – Karon (Sister)

Marital Status


Girlfriend / Spouse

Rickey Smiley has dated –

Rickey is divorced and is the father of six children. Four of his children, D’Essence, Brandon, Malik, and Aaryn are his biological children and the remaining children are stated to be adopted. However, he has not disclosed any piece of information regarding his wife and separation from her.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 6 feet 0 inches
  • In centimeters – 183 cm
  • In meters – 1.83 m


  • In Kilograms – 78 kg
  • In Pounds – 172 lbs

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color

Dark Brown (Natural)

Shoe Size

He wears a size 11.5 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Rickey became known for his prank phone calls on radio, he is a stand up comic as well as television host who is seen nationally on the syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show. He was a host of the 2000 season of BET’s ComicView. Rickey starred alongside Ice Cube in the film Friday After Next. In 2014, The Rickey Smiley Show was nominated for the Vision Award.

Film Debut

In 2002, Smiley had his first film onscreen role in the movie, Friday After Next as Santa Claus.

Television Debut

In 1992, Rickey landed his first role in television by appearing as Himself in the series, Def Comedy Jam.

Rickey Smiley Net worth

Rickey Smiley has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million dollars as of 2024.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Rickey Smiley

  • Smiley was born in Birmingham, Alabama. After the untimely death of his father, his grandparents raised him.
  • Initially, Rickey displayed his comic talents at home among his family members. His first performance was at a Comedy Club in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • He began to appear in TV specials like Def Comedy Jam, at the Apollo, and Snaps, an HBO feature.
  • In addition, he starred in the full-length movie, Friday After Next alongside famous rapper and in 2002, celebrity personality, Ice Cube. He also hosted the 2000 season of BET’s ComicView program.
  • Additionally, in April 2004, he became the morning show personality for radio station KBFB in Dallas, Texas. The show features trademark prank calls, as well as news, information, and the latest hip-hop music.
  • Some of the songs that he has released include Roll Tide, and We Miss Robert. Furthermore, some of his famous prank calls include ‘Buried Alive, Come Over, Uncle Melvin, and Churches among others.
  • Rickey won the 2017 Marconi Award from the National Association of Broadcasters for the best network/syndicated personality of the year.


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