One of the great things about The Independents (the television show I write for) is that we’re so supremely confident and good-humored that we now find it funny to read viewers’ hate mail on air. There’s a certain poetry to angry letters; they can be hilariously eviscerating, like a Friar’s Club Roast, or amusingly incoherent, like a drunk text.
Last Wednesday was my television debut, appearing on a segment we call “Two Minutes of Hate” as a nod to George Orwell. I got called in at the last minute to read the vitriol to the show’s hosts. Hence, I was introduced as “Bernie Maxsmith,” a sort of dour Human Resources clerk commissioned to relate public outrage to the talent. It was fun, and I’m hoping to do it again in the future.
Should you watch The Independents on FBN? Yes–of course you should! (Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri at 9:00 EST.) It’s smart and funny and makes America better. But if you don’t like it, then send in some angry e-mails–it might get me on camera again.
Here’s the proper link to the show’s segment. Below is a more grainy version on YouTube.
Andrew Heaton is a writer and standup comedian in New York City. If this post made you laugh or think, kindly "like" it on Facebook.