Brother Jed Smock Will Soon Star in His Own Reality TV Show

Longtime nomadic campus preacher Brother Jed Smock just announced on Facebook that he and his family will soon be starring in their own reality TV show on Country Music Television (CMT) tentatively titled “Brother Jed & Company”:

Brother Jed Smock (source unknown)

(The producer, Roger Nygard, may be better known as the director of the 1997 documentary Trekkies. Here’s a 2011 interview with him on the Oh No, Ross and Carrie podcast.)

Brother Jed, of course, has a long history of provoking college students with his anti-gay, hellfire-and-brimstone rhetoric. Then again, he’s also been a fantastic recruiting tool for atheist groups nationwide.

In 2010, this picture featuring his wife “Sister Cindy” made the rounds online:

And Brother Jed Bingo is a popular game where you sit around Jed until he says the magic words :)

Personally, my favorite moment was when a student preached about boots right next to Jed, forcing him to sit down and remain silent:

It’s not always bad, though. Atheist groups love getting their picture taken with Jed :)

Who knows, maybe this show will be free publicity for atheist groups!

Keep in mind that while a pilot for the show will be filmed, there’s no guarantee of a series — or even a guarantee that the show will be aired. But there’s a recent trend of showcasing nutty Christians for all to see — note the “Teen Exorcists” documentary and National Geographic Channel’s “Snake Salvation” — and this show would fit right in.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • DougI

    Is the Jerry Springer Show no longer available for kooks to get on tv?

    • Lagerbaer

      I think talk shows had their peak in the 90s. Now it’s all “reality documentaries”.

  • Patricia

    He BETTER film it at IU… we Brother Jed better than anyone else. (I know someone who purchased a copy of The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar to preach like the Gospel right next to him. Come on, how could you resist that?)

    • Jamie

      I don’t know, Mizzou Brother Jed-ed pretty hard.

      • Tainda

        Poor Mizzou :(

        Mizzou-RAH!

    • Doop

      There was one time when about 5 other people were pacing around Speaker’s Circle at Mizzou all preaching the gospel of whatever book they had handy, their homework, etc. And we took over the Jeddites’ space with a hookah circle, and some guy came up and revved his motorcycle over Jed’s voice for a while… Good times.

      • Johnny

        Yes, Mizzou was his base camp, the family lived there for a long time. I went to Mizzou in 2004 he was there up until 2010 and they were still there….
        “Try Delta” he used to say haha…

    • DJ

      I have to give it to Mizzou. I went to nearby Central Missouri but the last ten years he was based in Columbia and people came to know who he was in Missouri. He would sometimes be at MU in the spring every other day.

  • Baby_Raptor

    What is “the ultimate sex act”?

    • Donatello

      It’s when Jesus enters you.

    • Tainda

      Human centipede

      • BeasKnees

        This made me snort laugh.

      • Bitter Lizard

        A fine analogy for Christianity in general: they just keep feeding each other their own shit all the way down the line.

      • Baby_Raptor

        Oh god, bad mental images…

  • Mick

    I’ll bet it never gets past the pilot stage.

  • Ace_of_Sevens

    I can’t see this getting picked up. Jed’s basically a shock jock, which won’t sit well with the wholesome family values crowd, and he seems like he’d be poison to advertisers as well.

  • Itarion

    National Geographic. NATIONAL. GEOGRAPHIC?!

    This shit has gone TOO FAR!

    • Player Slayer

      I know right? It should, in reality, be on History Channel.

      • Itarion

        It should, in reality, not exist. The educational channels are sliding into idiocy.
        Unfortunately, it fits right in with Discovery’s Amish Mafia.

  • JT Rager

    Oh my god I love Brother Jed! He always spends at least a week at the University of Arizona during the winter (the picture of sister Cindy is at U of A). Definitely keeping an eye on this.

  • kelemi

    I don’t watch reality shows anyway.

  • Greg G.

    I am subscribed to the YouTube channel of the guy holding the “Isn’t it interesting how God HATES the same people you do?” sign.

  • Chris Tipton

    Hmmm ISU is literally right by where I live. Do they have a shooting schedule? Cause I would love to get my picture with too. It would be like getting your picture taken with The Iraqi Information Minister

  • Bitter Lizard

    Isn’t calling a show about God a “reality show” something of an oxymoron?

    • Player Slayer

      The words “reality show” is an oxymoron in itself.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    Why do reality shows only have people who have trouble decerning reality?

  • dsmith

    The student with the boot should have gone over to a student, put his hand on the students head and yelled….”Heel!!!”

    • Matt D

      Disparaging the boot is a bootable offense!

    • b s

      He has given us… His shoe!

      The shoe is the sign. Let us follow His example.

      Let us, like Him, hold up one shoe and let the other be upon our foot, for this is His sign, that all who follow Him shall do likewise.

    • faithnomore

      lol! I will HEEL you….I will save your SOLE…I will even DYE for you

  • A3Kr0n

    Thanks for reminding me why I don’t watch TV

  • Ozlo

    Brother Jed and reality? I love the irony.

  • Ryan Jean

    Made by the same guy who (along with Denise Crosby) made the Trekkies movie? It might actually be worth watching, then. He digs into issues deeply and sincerely (kind of like Michael Moore did with Bowling for Columbine, but without the political slant) and the result is a very well-rounded look at the topic.

  • sam

    Does anyone have a video of a Brother Jed spittle-inflected rant against those filthy Hollywood producers and Jew-run media? Now that Jed’s 15 minutes are calling him, it would be a good time to bring those out in the open.

  • baal

    The first picture in the OP looks like someone’s idea of ‘crazy preacher’ cosplay.

    OTOH – he gets props for not giving up and showing up in person. I had the joy of seeing him (and cindy) at a big 10 school back 20 years ago.

  • Kathleen

    Please not Indiana University…my husband just got a job there and we’re moving in two weeks. Although, I suppose it’d make for some fun dinner conversations….

  • Tainda

    I’m just pissed anyone that had anything to do with Trekkies is going to try to put money in this douchenozzles pocket

    • Scott

      Actually, Roger met Jed doing “The Nature of Existence” and aside from religion and politics gets along nicely with Jed. Jed is not rich and Roger has had Jed stay at his place.

      • Tainda

        Now I’m really sad

  • JTEberhard

    1. You forgot Jedfest. :P http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMB19ehQBGg

    2. My head aspolode.

  • JWH

    Clearly, Gary Birdsong needs an agent.

  • busterggi

    I now realize that Honey Boo-Boo’s family represents the higher educated intellectuals in the bible belt.

  • Corvus moneduloides

    Bother Jed moved to Terre Haute over the summer and has been on ISU’s campus being his usual jackass self nearly daily this semester.

    Added to the fun: I’m a science major, and he and his pestilential acolytes adore hanging outside the Science Building with their “You Deserve Hell” signs.

    *sigh*

    I agree with Patricia, let him go to IU, the students there are way better at managing his shenanigans than ISU’s student body.

  • Missi

    Giving him airtime is what he wants; he needs to be completely ignored lest we give him more power.

    Also, does anyone from Truman remember that time theatre students did a performance of Brother Jed versus Satan at the pit by the library, and Satan won? Because I do.

    • Sarah Kremer

      I went to Truman but I don’t remember that. Sounds hilarious!

  • Cory Montgomery

    He was just here at IUPUI the other day. I’ve been watching him come to our campus for almost 4 years now. He really is a character

  • Daniel Paris

    No…we need…UCF Jedi! Now that would be a cool reality show. I mean, this dude is simply awesome…and not only more rational, but it is comforting to know the Force Is With Me!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgp0lZKWn_0

  • Katie Eleanor

    so fucking sick of horrible people like this getting to make shows that project their disgusting views onto the world

  • Ferdinand_Bardamu

    How is “FORNICATOR!!!!!” not on the Brother Jed Bingo card? He used to yell that at every scantily-clad female that came within range back when he preached at Speaker’s Circle at Mizzou.

    • Cole Raney

      That was just one of the cards. I am going to be a member if the group that made the card. Different cards had different things. Don’t worry, fornicator was on some.

  • Michael

    This is really a pretty brilliant marketing scheme. Now that he’s pissed off enough college students/atheists, he got a deal to make a reality show about himself, that, like most other reality shows, will probably succeed because the viewers watch it to laugh at him (The Trekkies director is good at helping that along, I hear). And he’s getting free publicity from this website and via social media where outraged people are all like, “you gotta be kidding me. THIS guy is getting a TV show?”


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