Rickey Smiley has been working the comedy circuit for the past 12 years and it has paid off. Smiley has established himself as a clean comic, utilizing down home country humor and has made himself a favorite among the nation’s top comedy venues.

From intimate comedy clubs to sold out crowds at Madison Square Garden, to the Universal Amphitheater, Smiley has done it all.

Smiley will perform at the Palace Theater, courtesy of Corsicana’s Single Believers Ministries, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are on sale until the day of the show and are available at the door at regular price, $20 for balcony and $30 on the floor. Tickets are $15 for balcony seats and $25 for floor seats if purchased in advance.

Group rates for 10 or more people are discounted by 10 percent.

For more information call (903) 874-7792 or (903) 874-2921.

Smiley also made his mark in the feature film arena, appearing in New Line Cinema’s “Friday After Next,” which was released in 2002.

He is best known as the host of the 2000 BET’s “Comic View.” Smiley led the show to its highest jump in ratings in its 10 year history. BET then quickly signed Smiley to host “The Way We Do It,” during the 2001-02 season and that show went on to become one of the top five shows on the network.

Smiley was a guest presenter on the 2001 NAACP Image Awards and hosted a special awards banquet for the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Currently, Smiley can be heard every weekday morning on Dallas’ own 97.9 The Beat from 5:50 to 10 a.m.

In his personal life, Smiley finds time to devote to church and to charities as well as his family.

Smiley has released five comedy CDs. Fans can log on to his Web Site www.rickeysmiley.com to order CDs.

One of the most diverse entertainers today, Smiley’s fan base covers a broad range, from the very young to the old. Grandparents often show up at Smiley’s shows, knowing they will be embarrassed by his material. Parents and children often attend shows together.

Smiley’s style of comedy is recognizable, approachable and best of all ... hilarious. He is inspired by the support of his fans on the road. Smiley makes it a habit to personally greet his audiences as they are leaving his shows.

The top comedy clubs in the nation consider Smiley a high commodity. Several clubs list Smiley as their favorite comic to work with because of his laid back personality.

Smiley is currently working on his debut stage play scheduled to begin touring late this year titled, “Didn’t Nobody Call and Tell Me Nothing.” It stars Smiley and Bernice Jackson.

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