By Brian Blackwell, Message personal writer
EDMOND, Okla. (LBM) – The Skit Guys, a Christian comedy duo who performed at the 2021 Louisiana Baptist Convention Annual Meeting and 2012 Youth Evangelism Celebration, will debut their first-ever family film on the 13 May in theaters nationwide, including several in the state.
According to the film’s website, “Family Camp” chronicles the journey of two “polar opposite” families who find themselves sharing a cabin for a week at rustic Katokwah Camp.
During a competition for a camp trophy, the two fathers (played by Tommy Woodard and Eddie James, known as the Skit Guys) find themselves lost in the woods after a comedy of misadventures and so the two men must work together. to find their way out of the woods.
The film was produced by Provident Films, producer of films such as “Overcomer”, “War Room”, “Courageous”, “Fireproof” and “Woodlawn”, Educational Media Foundation, parent company of K-LOVE, the largest company contemporary Christian. radio network in the United States and Roadside Attractions, whose films have grossed over $500 million and won 23 Oscar nominations.
Woodard and James wanted to make a comedy feature for over 20 years. When Brian Cates, one of the film’s directors, came up with the idea for Family Camp five years ago, little did they know of the difficult days ahead with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When we started this project, we knew the families needed it, but we had no idea of the hope and healing they would need a few years down the line,” Woodard told the Message. “It was a dream come true for Eddie and me. As kids we both gave up our dream of making a movie to the Lord and he was so kind to grant it to us years later.
Nearly 900 theaters (including those in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Covington, Harrahan, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Slidell, Shreveport and West Monroe) are scheduled to perform Family Camp over the next two weeks.
Woodard said it’s critical that families buy tickets and show up this weekend because other theaters may add the film to their lineup if sales are strong during early showings.
“After what we’ve all been through for the past two years, we need hope and a chance to laugh,” Woodard said. “Our motto is to have heart, humor and Him [God]. Our desire and our request is that God will use this film to make people laugh but also to help families find hope.
Woodard said he particularly hoped this film would attract an audience that would follow the Skit Guys’ comedic routines, even if they weren’t attending worship at a local church.
“We hear people say their dad won’t go to church but will watch the videos,” he said. “It’s a great way to get the message out to those who can’t attend church.”
The Skit Guys have performed together since they were members of the youth group at First Baptist Church, Edmond, Okla., and officially formed the group in 1996. Since then they have performed at churches, conferences and other events around the world.