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Rickey Smiley was selected as the cover man for the June/July edition of Uptown Magazine! Not only will fans get more insight into to Rickey in this issue, they will also get a look at his home and children.

Take a look at some of the highlights from his conversation with Uptown below, and click here to see the exclusive behind-the-scenes video.

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On his career thus far: “I’ve just had some great and wonderful opportunities but my opportunities now are just going through the roof. I have a diction coach now. I’ve been practicing. I read the teleprompter every day so I’m prepared.”

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On today’s comedy: “It’s not about telling jokes anymore. You have to be a great storyteller. You got to bring people into your neighborhood. You got to be animated and years of experience [will] get you into that space and you just crack people up. And don’t take yourself so serious. That’s what brought on my success.”

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On building his brand: “I am excited about building the Rickey Smiley brand. I love having a sitcom and working on the set all day. I love having a syndicated radio show, getting up every morning and making people laugh all over the country and then taping “Dish Nation.” It’s hard work and that’s what it takes to get to the top and we’re on our way.”

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On his Lil’ Darrl routine:Lil’ Darrl changed my life. It changed everybody’s life. That year every [fraternity and sorority], whoever had a line that year and the year after that and the year after that, somebody on line was named Lil’ Darrl. Even my Lil’ Darrl ‘First 48‘ probably got a million hits on YouTube. Lil’ Darrl got a vine video that’s hilarious. I got kids that love Lil’ Darrl that were not even born when I first did it. Lil’ Darrl has been reborn.”

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On being Steve Harvey’s protege:Steve Harvey put me on. He came to Birmingham and decided he was going to work with me. I was blessed to open up for his [tour] ‘The Kings of Comedy’ a few times. I would have to be in the hotel lobby early to ride in the limousine with Steve and I was a nervous wreck.”

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On being a father:I enjoy being the best father I can be and being an awesome father to the fatherless. My dad was murdered and taken away from me when I was 7 so I know what it’s like growing up without a dad. To be able to fill that void for somebody else is just incredible. I would

actually pay money to do it.”

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Read more of Rickey Smiley’s interview with Uptown Magazine here.

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