Rickey Smiley is an American stand-up comedian, radio personality, actor plus host. He is mostly known for his prank calls from The Ricky Smiley Show. Simley is currently single and has four children, two biological and the remaining were adopted. He is a fun-loving guy and loves to make other laughs. Ricky has a huge fan following of 966k on Instagram and 1.54 million on Twitter.
Early life of Rickey Smiley
Ricky was born on 10th August 1968 as Broderick Ricky Smiley in Birmingham, Albania. He is American and is of African-American ethnicity. He has been through a difficult phase of life as his father passed away when he was 6. Moreover, his mother raised him with the help of his grandparents.
Ricky graduated from Alabama State University with a bachelor's degree in English and later on joined Tuskegee and earned a degree from there too. He loved to make people laugh right from an early age.
Career of Rickey Smiley
From the late 1990s, he started his career as he began working for HBO in various shows like- Def Comedy Jam, HBO Snaps and Showtime at The Apollo. He was also the host for BET's show, Comic view, a standup comedy show. During 2000-2001, Ricky earned the highest rating over the shows which is one of his achievements during the starting phase of his career. Moreover, he also hosted another comic show for BET, The Way We Do It.
Ricky has worked with many prestigious comedians including- Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, D.L Hughley, J. Anthony Brown and much more. In 2005, he appeared on a radio program named, The Ricky Smiley Show in Dallas. He made people laugh doing prank calls. By 2006, Ricky released more than five-volume of prank calls.
Besides, he was also involved in movies too. Ricky worked in the film, Friday After Next in 2002. Due to his senses of humor and dedication, he was awarded BET's Platinum Mic Viewer's Choice Award in 2004.
Net Worth of Rickey Smiley
The sensation of the entertainment industry, Ricky has an estimated net worth of $5 million. As per his pictures, he seems to be living a luxurious life with his children.
Personal Life of Rickey Smiley
Ricky was married previously and later got divorced in 2014. He has not opened up regarding his ex-wife to the media. Ricky is the biological father of four children, Malik Smiley, Brandon Smiley, Aaryn Smiley whom he shared with former partner Tomi Stegall and D'essence Smiley. Smiley is also reportedly a father of two more children he adopted.
Smiley then adopted two children, and now he is the father of four children without a wife. He was assumed to be gay in 2013. But there are no such facts to support the rumors, and possibly he cannot be gay as he has once been married with two children.
Meanwhile, his daughter Aaryn was shot multiple times in a road rage incident in Houston on 4th July 2020. Smiley shared the news himself on Facebook by telling his followers about his daughter becoming a victim of gun violence. Aaryn eventually recovered.
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