Rickey Smiley Makes Orleans Showroom Debut This Weekend

Best known for his prank calls and many film and TV appearances, standup comedy veteran Rickey Smiley will perform at the Orleans Showroom this weekend, August 23 and 24.

A notable "clean" comic, Smiley finds comedy in everyday observations. He brings his cast of beloved original characters with him to Las Vegas, including church lady "Mrs. Bernice Jenkins," "Lil' Daryl," "Joe Willie" and redneck "Beauford." The show also features a live band, which Smiley accompanies playing several instruments and singing.

Smiley is perhaps most famous for his prank calls, in which he presents absurd situations and cases of mistaken identity in the voices of one or more of his original characters. His six comedy albums of prank calls have garnered favorable reviews.

Star of his own top-rated, nationally syndicated radio show, "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" is heard on urban radio stations across the country. It features Smiley's signature prank phone calls, news and music, as well as interviews with entertainers including Kevin Hart, Ne-Yo, Ice Cube and Nicki Minaj.

Taking his comedy talents to the silver screen, Smiley has appeared in films such as "Friday After Next," "First Sunday," and "Baggage Claim." He has also hosted and appeared on "BET's Comic View" and appeared on "Comedy Central Presents," as well as HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" and "Def Comedy Jam: All Stars." The third season of Smiley's sitcom "The Rickey Smiley Show" recently aired on TV One.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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