Rickey Smiley to Perform in Martin Lawrence’s Stand-Up Comedy Series

Comedian Rickey Smiley will perform in the premiere episode of the Starz original stand-up comedy series “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up” on Wednesday, July 9 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Smiley, a Birmingham, Ala. native, boasts past achievements such as hosting BET’s “Comic View” in 2000 and the 2001 TV series “The Way We Do It,” as well as playing Santa Claus in the movie Friday After Next, which have put him on the map as a well-rounded comic.

Fans can also hear Smiley on Dallas’s radio station KBFB – FM 97.9 The Beat. In addition to being a live performer, Smiley has released five comedy CDs entitled “The Best of Comedian Rickey Smiley” featuring character impersonations and prank phone calls.

“Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up” is executive produced by one of America’s most popular actor/comedians, Martin Lawrence. Now in its third season, the weekly series features 35 talented, explosive, and certainly not politically correct, comedians who take the spotlight to tell it like it is in their own hard-hitting style.

Filmed before a live audience in Washington, D.C. at the historic Lincoln Theatre, the show is hosted by comedian Doug Williams who adds his own style of comedy. Spinning the music is celebrated entertainer and DJ Biz Markie. Featured comedians are Joey Medina (“The Original Latin Kings of Comedy”), Angelo Lozada (“Showtime at the Apollo”), Steve Brown (“Def Comedy Jam”) and others.

SOURCE Starz Entertainment, LLC

PICTURED: Actor Rickey Smiley poses with his award for the BET Platinum Mic Viewers’ Choice Award backstage at the ‘First-Ever’ BET Comedy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium September 28, 2004 in Pasadena, California.

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