John and Viccijo Witty both grew up in northeast Oklahoma and first met on the campus of Oklahoma State University in 1972. They were both writing and performing off-kilter sketch comedy similar to Monty Python as part of a student group called “Insane Liberation Theater.” While the comedy troupe’s audiences and following grew across the tri-state area, John and Viccijo’s relationship also blossomed from deep friendship, to dating, and then to marriage in 1974.
Around the same time that their love grew and became established, the seeds of their mutual Christian upbringing also grew in new and life-giving ways. As they began reading the Bible and attending church, they felt as though Jesus was calling them away from Insane Liberation Theater’s raunchy sexual innuendo, profanity, and counterculture drug references. Instead, John and Viccijo began to feel called to use their quirky, comedic gifts to write and perform modern-day parables which illustrated the Gospel message and Biblical wisdom. After quitting Insane Liberation Theater, they enrolled in a six-month Bible course intended for students aiming to pursue vocational ministry.
By the late 70s, John and Viccijo were performing their quick witted, message driven comedy at churches, banquets, concerts, and conferences everywhere from California to Florida in front of crowds between 100 to 10,000. In the 80s, they continued performing across the country while simultaneously pastoring a church in John’s hometown of Grove, Oklahoma. Also during this time, they had three children:
Isaac, Angie, and Brad. From the late 80s to mid 90s, the duo regularly wrote, produced, and performed material for, Fire by Nite and The Gospel Bill Show, two national video programs produced by Willie George Ministries. Also during this time, John and Viccijo developed a new live stage show called Time Trip which they performed extensively throughout the U.S. Billed as a docu-comedy, Time Trip traveled from 1958 to 1998 showing, through equally uproarious comedy and profound drama, the changing cultural landscape of America and our desperate need for God’s redemption.
Now, in what many might consider “retirement years,” the Wittys are by no means slowing down! They have revamped Time Trip with new sketches, music, and video clips which transport audiences into the experience of every decade, delivering a unifying message of hope that resonates with the hearts and minds of young and old alike. For those Baby Boomers who were there for 50s, 60s, and beyond, Time Trip is a powerful reflection on the journey of their generation. For younger crowds, the show is a fun history lesson, helping to inform how American culture became what it is today. All will find this show by the Wittys to be hilarious, enlightening, and spiritually inspiring.