Radio morning host brings his comedy show to the Memorial
If you’ve turned on the radio in the morning to Power 94 (WJTT-FM) lately, you’ve likely been quickly hooked on the lively and energetic morning show hosted by comedian and television personality Rickey Smiley.
If you haven’t checked out his show, you really are missing out on some great comedy, entertainment and a healthy dose of commentary on social issues affecting communities across the country.
But there is far more to Smiley than just being one of the most popular national radio hosts. He’s been on television, in the movies, has released a number of popular comedy albums, and always tries to find time for his true love: performing live before an audience.
This Sunday evening, Smiley brings his comedy stage show (along with some very entertaining friends) to the Memorial Auditorium. One of the few “clean” comics working today, Smiley has built a deeply loyal fan base who appreciate his quick-witted delivery and captivating energy.
Smiley got his start in Birmingham, AL 25 years ago, and now calls Atlanta home, though he spends an amazing amount of time traveling.
Taking a quick break from his unbelievably busy schedule, Smiley was able to spend a few minutes with The Pulse to talk about his comedy and his current tour.
The Pulse: What makes this current show different from past performances?
Rickey Smiley: I always try to bring some new jokes as well as performers. I will be mixing in a few of the fan favorites, because people get mad if I don’t do Bernice Jenkins or Lil Daryl.
TP: How much of yourself do you put into the characters you portray on your show and on stage?
RS: A lot of my material is based around people I know and a little of my life.
TP: What are the differences between performing on the radio and performing live in front of an audience?
RS: Radio is great because you have time to get people engaged. But I love performing live because it is instant gratification and I love the live audience reaction.
TP: What do you enjoy most about being a performer?
RS: Just being able to do something I love. There is nothing greater than doing a job that doesn’t feel like work.
TP: What is the most important thing you feel people need to be doing today?
RS: People need to start learning to appreciate one another. And always before you react, think first and put the shoe on the other foot before you respond!
TP: Any advice to the people coming to your show this Sunday?
RS: Please tell everyone to please come out and get their tickets early. I will definitely be coming and my comedy friends are so, so funny. Please be on time because the show starts early at 7 p.m.
TP: Any final thoughts to share?
RS: I love the people in Chattanooga. They always show me so much love. And I want to thank everyone for listening everyday to “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”!
Rickey Smiley & Friends
Sunday, May 31, 7 p.m.
399 McCallie Ave.
Tickets: $34.00 - $61.00
VIP Tickets: $71.50
(convenience fees extra)