Skit Guys Movie ‘Family Camp’ Shares Truth Through Humor

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“Family Camp” |

NASHVILLE — As streaming services increasingly offer content inappropriate for children, the Skit Guys are on a mission to create clean, family-friendly content that honors — and pokes fun at — the Body of Christ.

The Skit Guys, comedy duo Tommy Woodard and Eddie James, recently released their new movie, “Family Camp,” which tells the story of Grace Ackerman (“Good Luck Charlie” actress Leigh-Allyn Baker), who brings her husband, Tommy (Woyard) and their children to Camp Katokwah at the suggestion of her pastor.

There, the Ackermans are tasked with getting along with their yurt neighbors, the Sanders, led by Bible-beating Eddie Sanders. The families have little in common and hilarity ensues.

At the red carpet premiere of “Family Camp,” Woodard and James reflected on how the film fulfills a relatively non-existent genre: the family comedy.

“There are no family comedies,” James told the Christian Post. “There are action movies, there are superhero movies, there are comedy movies, there are live action movies, but there are no family comedies. So ‘ Hey, we want more.’

Although “Family Camp” is a comedy at its core, it explores relationship challenges between family members to highlight themes of hope, forgiveness and reconciliation. Tommy is a workaholic who fails to connect with his children; Eddie and his wife, Victoria, struggle due to the former’s domineering tendencies – issues they are all forced to deal with.

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The cast of “Family Camp” appears in Nashville, Tennessee. |

“We wanted this movie to be infused with hope,” Woodard said. “We need that hope after what we’ve been through and then to have moms and dads and kids watching this movie together and talking about that hope in the car. This movie gives us a chance to breathe out, to breathe a little after a difficult year.

The Skit Guys have been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years, traveling the world, performing and directing short films and scripts for churches. Driven by “heart, humor and anthem”, the duo use their talents to teach the Word of God using comedy and drama.

Humor, they pointed out, should be an essential part of a Christian’s life, as it “breaks down barriers and lets truth in.”

“If you can make people laugh, you can get people to listen, and then you must have something good to say,” Woodard said. “We like to say we’re pastors more than pranksters, so at the end of the day we get the local church, not just the big mega-church, but the local church, where they go over there, day in and day out. , and just trying to touch souls. We, over the past 30 years, have always been about them.

Presenting the comedy from a place of love for the church, he added, is what allows their message to resonate in the Body of Christ.

“We’ve always tried to figure out that line, where Christians can laugh at themselves and at pop culture and keep saying, ‘These guys are for us; these guys are not against us. They don’t laugh at us, so we can laugh at ourselves,” he added. “I truly believe that laughter can break down walls so God can come in.”

For every video or project they tackle, he added, they always think about how to respect both the 80-year-old devotee and the millennial wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

“We try to really think about everyone,” he said.

The film, from Roadside Attractions, K-LOVE Films and Provident Films, is rated PG and debuts in theaters nationwide on May 13.

Baker, best known for her roles in ‘Charmed’, ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘Good Luck Charlie’, stressed the importance for Christians to support faith-based and family-friendly films at a time when Hollywood is releasing more and more content. more negative.

“The reason movie theaters are filled with junk and trash and things that we’re embarrassed to see is because people are paying to go see those things,” she told CP. “When capitalism works, that’s what drives the content. I know there’s a lot of Christian families saying, ‘I can’t wait to see this when it comes out on digital’, but I’m telling you all right now, you have to go to the cinema to see this if you want more faith-based movies.

“When the world is going through turmoil, people need hope and laughter,” she said. “We need to laugh, and we need hope for our future and our families, and that’s exactly what this movie provides.”

Baker previously told CP that she was drawn to the film because of how it treated Christianity with respect without proselytizing.

“There are a lot of rumors about Christianity and Jesus…that just aren’t true,” she said. “I just think it’s really important to invite people to the table. The great thing about it is that this movie doesn’t convince anyone to be a Christian. It is not about imposing a religion on someone; it’s not beating them over the head with that. All in all, it’s a really good funny movie that everyone will enjoy, regardless of your faith.

“Family Camp” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Leah M. Klett is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be contacted at: [email protected]

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