The sound of laughter will be bouncing off the walls, ceiling and floor of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts when the Rickey Smiley & Friends Comedy Show takes center stage on June 20th.
Presented by Marcus Dorris of Mix and Mingle Entertainment, the show is set to kick off at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
In advance of the big evening, The New Tri-State Defender reached out to Smiley with a few questions to get a feel for Rickey Smiley’s thoughts on Rickey Smiley and more!
The New Tri-State Defender: You’ve always seemed to enforce a moral sense to your comedy. On your best days, what do you want your audience to take from your show?
Rickey Smiley: Just to be able to laugh and forget about their problems.
TSD: What are some of the fundamentals as a comedian that you had to learn and who was your best teacher or gave you the best advice that you still adhere to?
R.S.: Timing and delivery of a joke, and Steve Harvey best teacher.
TSD: Who is your favorite Hall of Fame level comedian, and who do you see on the come up that you wish you could reach out and give a break?
R.S.: Eddie Murphy. Love to see all comics get a break.
TSD: What do you consider your breakthrough?
R.S.: Doing what I do everyday.
TSD: What’s the next level breakthrough you’re hoping for?
R.S.: Whatever God sees fit; win (the) NAACP Image Award.
TSD: What would you like to improve on in your presentation and are you working on it?
R.S.: Just always make sure that my audience leaves with a smile on their face.
TSD: Has acting proved difficult?
R.S.: No, it is challenging and I like challenges.
TSD: What are the reality shows that you like and dislike and why?
R.S.: I don’t watch reality TV. I look at the news constantly to stay aware.
TSD: Memphis is a city of history. Besides the most familiar figures, what are some of the civil rights-era stories or figures that have influenced or inspired you?
R.S.: I love Memphis for the culture and the people. They are so real.
TSD: Do you really have any off time? Any consistent hobbies or a non-entertainment endeavor you would like to tackle?
R.S.: When I have any free time I love being with my kids and being on my boat.
TSD: Was Lil Darryl inspired by someone in your life?
R.S.: (Laughs) He is someone I know.