Prank calls used to be a form of silliness that was peculiar to childish and immature people. Today, it is entertaining content that is worth paying money for, at least Rickey Smiley is making money from it. The comedian, mostly known for his prank calls has been the subject of three TV shows, and a national radio show about his prank calls.
Perhaps, Rickey is just an outlier when it comes to the world’s opinion of prank calls. If that is the case, it calls for us to examine and know a little more about the man defying the global opinion of prank calls. Read on to learn about the biography and career of Rickey Smiley
Rickey Smiley Bio
The prank caller and reality tv star is an Alabama born comedian who was born on August 10, 1968. His real name is Broderick Smiley but he goes by Rickey and was raised in Birmingham.
An African-American, Rickey attended the Alabama State University and the Tuskegee University for his education. While he was at Alabama State University, he was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Rickey’s career in comedy started in 2000 as a host of BET’s show, Comic View. He excelled in his role as a host and was promptly signed to a five-year deal. A formal contract with the TV Network allowed him to grace other TV shows such as The Nashville Network, Comic Escape, and Uptown Comedy Club. He has also worked on the iconic Comedy show, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.
Rickey’s act before finding his niche in prank calls mostly involved playing outrageous fictional characters. He found his place in the comedy world when he joined a Dallas radio station, KBFB in 2004. He was offered a chance to become the host of their morning radio show. One of the prominent features of the show was the trademark phone calls that Rickey Smiley is now known for. Along with information, news, and playing of the latest hip-hop music, the show quickly became popular among listeners. In 2008, he was offered a chance to take his hit show nationwide and he embraced the deal.
The show, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show gained much popularity from prank calls which involve the comedian disguising his voice and calling a random number to the amusement of listeners. Some of the most notable pranks he has carried out are ‘Uncle Melvin’ where he called his uncle and pretended to be a man who is convinced his girlfriend has left him. He took the joke further by making sure the character punctuates his every remark with the word ‘dawg’.
Due to the popularity of his show, especially the prank calls, Rickey Smiley has released albums of his prank calls, totaling six albums with the album, Rickey Smiley: Vol 6 being a bestselling comedy album on iTunes. Outside the radio boot, Rickey has appeared in several films and TV shows, including getting his own reality TV show, Rickey Smiley for Real in 2015. His filmography lists movies like Friday After Next (2002) and Baggage Claim (2013).
Kids, Wife or Girlfriend, Is He Married?
Despite having 10 children, two biological and eight adopted children, Rickey is currently single. He also did not know about the existence of one of his biological children until the child was six. Rickey has stated that he has no desire to be married. While it might be strange that a single man is raising 10 children, the comedian has expressed that losing his father when he was six imbibed in him the passion for raising and helping children.
Rickey Smiley is generally believed to be an only child. It is also a common knowledge that he had quite a difficult childhood due to the fact of losing his father when he was only six. After the death of his father, Rickey was raised by his grandparents. Although he is an only child, Rickey has expressed on several ocassion that a majority of his early life was fun due to the strong sense of community of the Southern culture and being surrounded by a lot of family members.