Live from… somewhere in Oklahoma? … it’s Fire by Nite!

22 Aug

I never saw Fire by Nite during it’s heyday, but I discovered it via my favorite local Christian-run thrift store. I picked up every glorious VHS they had.

Maybe you watched the show and know what the deal is with them. But I was totally new to it, and what a treat :P
Fire by Nite was produced by Willie George Ministries, out of Tulsa Oklahoma.

Big Willie G

Big Willie G

Willie also brought us the fun ol’ time known as The Gospel Bill Show.


 

Clip Show

Fire by Nite brought so many Christian gems.. Here are a few I’ve uploaded:

Family First, Fire by Nite’s take on a Christian family sitcom. This is a blooper reel.


 

Here’s a premise! What if Rocky was actually called Chunky, and…and…um.. yeah not exactly sure why this is funny.

 
or Miami vice, if Miami was actually in Oklahoma

 

Musical Artists!

That’s right. Fire by Nite would always have a special musical guest, just like SNL. Michael W. Smith, Petra (twice), DC Talk, ect…

Then there is this guy, Kenny Marks, who is just ridiculous. I remixed him for your pleasure.

 
And how do you explain rap, to a white Canadian living in Oklahoma in the early 90’s? Watch Stephen Wiley do just that (sorry for the shitty dub):


 
DC Talk was my first introduction to Christian “rap”. I’m still in therapy.
Now let’s take a Bible Break!

 
That’s right, I was a teen in the 90’s. I hung out with kids like these Fire by Nite teens:

 

Where are they Now?

A lot of the..uh… actors?…  I couldn’t find through my research (Google). But I did find a couple.

Blaine Bartel, the youth pastor himself, ran headfirst into scandal two years ago. He admitted to an affair, and resigned as pastor of Northstar Church (in Texas) after it became public.

He has a couple of videos uploaded on Youtube, helping people with Church marketing tips. Which end with the message “Please hire me!!”. Well, maybe not in so many words, but it’s there.

 

John and Viccijo (“Vickie Joe”) Witty
 

 
These two are all OVER the internets. Facebook and facebook, twitter, and of course, YOU TUBE!!


 
Oh, I get it. This video wasn’t meant to be funny. They are really big on ending slavery in Oklahoma. Yeah, that’s right, apparently human trafficking is a huge problem in Oklahoma. Not sure that was a topic on Fire by Nite.. too bad. And on that light note!

When Canada and Oklahoma come together to put together a Christian clip show, I have to say, it has interesting consequences. Where are the current day Christian ripoffs? I have to assume they are out there somewhere, right?

5 Responses to “Live from… somewhere in Oklahoma? … it’s Fire by Nite!”

  1. person November 21, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    Can you please upload the full length episodes that you have of Fire by Nite on YouTube? I really love this show and they don’t play it on TV anymore:'( Thanks for your time!

    • thriftstorereligion November 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      I wish I could, but I don’t have the tapes anymore :(

      • person November 22, 2012 at 3:51 am #

        Aww man, that’s too bad. Well, thanks anyway!

  2. Bryan Lower November 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I remember this show. Now, as a non-Christian, I find it hilarious for different reasons. I would LOVE to find more full episodes.

  3. ohAmanda January 28, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    Aw, man. I loved FBN. I had it as subscription and it would be delivered to my house every month. Those were the good ol’ days of Christian subculture…

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