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The World's Most Successful Megachurch Imposter

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Joel Osteen is one of the most famous televangelists in the world. A Houston based pastor, Joel is famous for his arena sized congregations, his globally broadcast sermons, and more recently, his refusal to open his church after Hurricane Harvey. Even Oprah is a fan. In this episode of Fame-ish, Vice meets Michael Klimkowski, a struggling comedian in LA with an uncanny likeness to the famous pastor. After successfully crashing a sold out Joel Osteen event in 2017 in character as Joel Osteen, Michael has gained notoriety as the only Joel Osteen Pastor in the year. Will he ride this title to fame? Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo Click here to get the best of VICE daily: http://bit.ly/1SquZ6v Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Download VICE on iOS: http://apple.co/28Vgmqz Download VICE on Android: http://bit.ly/28S8Et0
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VICE (9 months ago)
"It's a social experiment that went mistakenly... so well." WATCH NEXT: Meet Hollywood's Most Notorious Sex Tape Broker -- https://vice.video/2Jy9nTw
ezekiel cruz (4 months ago)
atheism is a science fiction cult
thankyou2532 (7 months ago)
was the impersonator charged with a crime at th arena for going past security
ImForgivenToo (7 months ago)
Vinh Le ...... LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ricky Mendoza (8 months ago)
Manuel Montero (9 months ago)
@Vice, it looks like you might have the wrong data at 1:55 "His sermons... are broadcast to over 100 million households in the United States"... There're 117 MM households according to the census, so it's impossible that he reaches 85% of the households. The record in Superbowl ratings was in 2017 with 49.1 MM. Also, the church's website says that it receives 38 thousand people. It's right there. I hate to call you guys out, but if you can't get basic figures right you lose credibility.
Amber Talley (12 hours ago)
What if he's actually Joel's son and doesn't know it?
Frank Baumann (5 days ago)
Joel is an Amazing person
Jason Desrosiers (5 days ago)
Actually you are pretty close but you are missing that whole "I'm a serious creeper who just killed a hooker and her body is in the trunk" smile.
welshdragon99 (9 days ago)
Michael seems so nice, that's probably how he got caught in the Joel event, Joel only seems to actually care about the balance sheet not people
Josh Strange (9 days ago)
It's a false-false teacher!
ParaCHUTE (12 days ago)
what an awesome guy! Good luck with your career Michael, keep it up!!
Brent Duhon (12 days ago)
Joel Osteen is a false prophet! He teaches that there are many ways to heaven. He is a sell-out. He knows what he is preaching is wrong and he does it for the sake of money! He is a Prosperity Gospel preacher. Never once preaches the gospel
Will Torres (14 days ago)
What a fucking legend 😂😂😂
Alan Slz (15 days ago)
I genuinely thought it was Joel lol
Ctw (15 days ago)
That’s Nicolas cage 😂😂😂
ProfessionalDad (16 days ago)
Its comical/sad how much people bash things they don't understand, or people they've never met. Did everyone in Texas open their doors during the disaster?!? Any Joel bashers EVER watch his show or read one of his books? Anyone can bash out of ignorance. Come to the table when you have some real life experience
Adhd Billionaire (17 days ago)
This guy is funny but there are many false prophets Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is already in the world at this time You, little children, are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world
Elisheva (18 days ago)
He looks just like him!
Power Bill (19 days ago)
1,2,3.....Amen. He should totally pull a squatter and move into Joel house they’d probably my never figure out who lives there
Oliver Piers (19 days ago)
Sublime Bud (19 days ago)
The real Joel for sure saw this ...... with that amount of money that dude makes on a any given Sunday ( literally ) i'd be shaking in my boots. Eh what am I saying he's a Christian . Right > ?
KrackaJax (20 days ago)
I want to be his friend. Cool bloke
mike de julia (20 days ago)
Look how many people still follow the real Joel osteen. As many people that don’t like him 10 times as many like him. Crazy.
Marvixx (21 days ago)
Religion. it`s given People hope in a world torn apart by "People" practicing religions. It's not the religions mistake, more like the people who practice it.
camelCase (21 days ago)
Vice... I was thinking about cutting you out of my life before this. Now there's no question... BYE.
Jays adventures (27 days ago)
Just that tiny book makes me cringe. Why is Joel osteen even a thing?
Lovalux (28 days ago)
Fake joel osteen imposter fakes being imposter Joel osteen the real imposter.
Tommy Loika (28 days ago)
Not really
Samuel Pounds (30 days ago)
What a SAD life
J-No420 (1 month ago)
what did the mexican ask him at the end of the video?
Brian Genthner (1 month ago)
I say if people are dumb enough to give that creep money, let it be. If it weren't him it'd be someone else.
Јоеy (1 month ago)
Just imagine getting to ride off someone elses success just bc u look likd them
アーサー (1 month ago)
Whoa, the guy in the white shirt in the forum video is the guy from the 'Surfer Bro' City Council video: /watch?v=tN9Dj5tkXAE
Vince Christian (1 month ago)
Klimkowski.... now thats great
Rusty Shackleford (1 month ago)
He also reminds my of Patrick Bateman from American psycho. Maybe it's just because Joel osteen is a real American psycho.
Zach Schory (1 month ago)
can you go around saving people from him? thanks!
Nodnarb Retneprac (1 month ago)
Doesn’t Michael have a Jewish sounding last name? “Isn’t that ironic?” -T. Jenkins
Vincent LeGrowl (1 month ago)
I feel like you're nick cage acting like Joel Osteen.
GG Allen (1 month ago)
Vice has been literal shit since 2013
Kayley Ford (1 month ago)
Maitri (1 month ago)
An imposters impersonator. I love it.
S.M. (1 month ago)
UM 6:10 is randomly Jaime Lyn Beatty from Starkid in the background???
Mona W. (2 months ago)
Did he just baptize someone’s back?😂😂
Cammi McDermott (2 months ago)
is that jaime lynn beatty at 6:11 ?
Fareen Mohamed (2 months ago)
I don't understand why people hate Joel Osteen....? Why
Sophia Abigail (2 months ago)
This is guy is a genius ! Lmao
Adrian H (2 months ago)
Zach tattoo (2 months ago)
this guy actually doesnt look like Joel Olsteen very much at all... what a clown
N0PE (2 months ago)
j cannon (2 months ago)
He can’t even pronounce his name correctly that makes this even more hilarious. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 this Guy is better than the real thing
Odette Lunsford (2 months ago)
J.L..🤣😆😅😹🙏💜😋too hilarious!....LoL Fakster! Good Luck!
Radical Edward (2 months ago)
"People don't wanna talk about their favorite Bible verses, they just want a picture..." 6 vs 7 👿✝️❓👇☝️
C Brown (2 months ago)
Funny but he doesn't really look like him to me. I mean, they have similarities but it kind of surprised me that he tricked people that actually go to Osteen's church.
Cryptic (2 months ago)
He looks more like Matthew McConaughey
Cool breeze joe (2 months ago)
He should never ran from assholes trying grab him he can’t help it if look like scammer , he’s in his right !
Adeyeye Samuel (2 months ago)
He can also do mark zukerberg
JayyBird (2 months ago)
Keep that valet job man.
Ken Bush (2 months ago)
looks like shia lebouf
Laurence Bensimon (2 months ago)
Million unlike Even wont waste time to hear your nonsens
jackillin (2 months ago)
Ewwww...that Joel guy is creepy & really shows his true self by smiling while talking about not letting needy people into his church in a crisis. People like this r con artists that r just in it for the money.
Hayden Harris (2 months ago)
This is so cool x
Jovany De La Flamé (3 months ago)
Coach McGuirk (3 months ago)
I wanna hang out at the dabs den. Sounds dank.
Santo Latona (3 months ago)
Alright alright alrighhht
nicholas bullock (3 months ago)
3:14 Sneak 100
John C (3 months ago)
I’m surprised strider didn’t talk about Benihana
Cynthia Jackson (3 months ago)
He looks nothing like him
JV Harbin (3 months ago)
How could u not take advantage of such a weird opportunity.
Jake Browne (3 months ago)
Hes no faker than the real Joel Olsteen
Andrey Lukashev (3 months ago)
if religion is defined as following rituals and rules with no personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then I totally agree with the quote in the beginning.
JesusIsTheLordofGlory (3 months ago)
Joel osteen is a fake, but this guys mocking will not go unpunished unless he repents
Stanley Chaney (3 months ago)
But you know what... Life itself is one big joke!
TheClaadam (3 months ago)
mixflip (3 months ago)
He waved to the cops at the stadium....they could care less. Lol
brady redfearn (3 months ago)
Comedy career? Lmao! Dmf
gnarmarmilla (3 months ago)
This is sad. False preachers like Joel Osteen have harmed people’s thoughts about Christianity. Christian means, “of Christ.” If there was no God then there would be no power in the heavens who can show all people that the world is evil and that Joel Osteen is not a follower of Jesus. But because there is, and because this man Jesus was truly sacrificed for the sin of all people, I will petition Him, my God, to show my fellow Americans the truth about reality according to His perfect will. Amen.
he is risen (3 months ago)
You know what's so funny that this guy is impersonating Joel Olsten but sooner or later he's going to become a Christian man it's funny how God sets people up God is good all the time Jesus Christ is coming soon he loves us all
Supaflow7 (3 months ago)
What a hilarious existence.
KP (3 months ago)
Strider dude what’s up
Luie Perla (3 months ago)
That’s Strider from going deep with chad n JT!
7eventee 8 Luck (3 months ago)
alejadro flores (3 months ago)
Keep doing the impersonation. I love it.
Salkafar (3 months ago)
Jesus said you can't serve God and the Mammon. I think these last 2,000 years have proven he was very wrong.
Nate Harris (3 months ago)
Joel osteen the wolf in sheep clothing.
jewlstah2010 (3 months ago)
Why am I in love with this man?
Justin Brown (3 months ago)
all of us are imitating godliness goodness everyday. if he wants to be Joel let him be Joel
Kim Jong Un (3 months ago)
He looks like the dollar store version of Joel lol, hi from North Korea
Bri Hime (3 months ago)
Oh come on, you can't tell me Joel doesn't have anything to comment! This dude got alllll the way in before they figured it out. Joel, you KNOW that's impressive. Don't you wanna meet your doppleganger?
Aly C (3 months ago)
Wonder how many security got fired that night 😂
Aly C (3 months ago)
1:18-19 🤣😂😂.. ah.. this guy is too much. Wonder what Osteen thinks of this
Karen Miranda (3 months ago)
He doesn’t cross the line nor disrespects. He does it in a classic yet funny way!
Karen Miranda (3 months ago)
The impersonator seems really nice!
David L (3 months ago)
i wouldn’t consider impersonating a religious figure successesful
Emcee Hammer (3 months ago)
Pulse RELOADED (3 months ago)
7:00 Great Value David Spade
Kyle Reininghaus (3 months ago)
You mean "megachurch imPASTOR" #missedopportunity
Above and Beyond (3 months ago)
He is a disgrace.
Lyrical unknown misfit (3 months ago)
Above and Beyond why?
Above and Beyond (3 months ago)
Drew Nop the fake one.
Drew (3 months ago)
Real Joel? I agree
Jose E (3 months ago)
Ge gets all the ladies too
2TD . 2TD . 2TD . 2TD (3 months ago)
Dude that's the boy strider
Charlie Brown (3 months ago)
😂😂😂😂😂 he a savage
Nawn Xzistnt (4 months ago)
What if the wrong Joel was made famous?!
Adam Moreno (4 months ago)
This is bad
Jah Mac (4 months ago)
This episode hurts my stomach idk y this is super funny lmao omg "god bless you "
Jah Mac (4 months ago)
Once he said "it's like one circus bit" while baptizing that guy I literally started dying lmao

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