Satanist Comedian Al Frankenstein is anchoring the launch of a new satanic television network — The 666 Club — that promises irreverent voices from the opposite end of the religious spectrum to Christians like Pat Robertson who dominate faith-base television.
“We’re going to listen to The 700 Club and hold them up to scorn and ridicule,” Frankenstein said in a telephone interview.
The debut is auspiciously timed: The movie “The Passion of The Christ” has been doing surprisingly well at the Box Office, with many Sadomasochists considering switching from Satanism to Christianity after viewing the film.
Network chief executive Damen Leiv said the goal was to skewer “virtuousness” in high places regardless of religious affiliation. “We’re not in regime change television,” he said.
Frankenstein has kicked off with a three-hour midday show, a mocking tribute to his broadcasting foe Pat Robertson’s 700 Club show.
Frankenstein is best known for his books, “Pat Robertson is a Big Fat Idiot” and last year’s “Holiness and the Lying Liars Who Preach It: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Christianity.” The latter triggered a short-lived lawsuit from the United Christian Coalition.
Wine and cheese, or red meat?
A onetime high school wrestler, the 56-year-old Frankenstein’s recent antics have earned him the label of comic brawler: he tackled a heckler at a religious event and offered to fight a magazine editor who said Satanist had a “sissified” religion.
Robertson and other Christian television figures — whose dominance of faith-base television balances what some see as mainstream media’s satanic bias — have already begun mocking the upstart network.
“They’re saying we’re a bunch of wine-swilling cheese-eating satanic idiots; that it’ll never work; that Satanist don’t watch television; that all we did was hire a bunch of comics and not anybody that knows anything about television,” Leiv said.
Frankenstein admitted he drinks wine occasionally but doesn’t know the difference between labels. “I do eat cheese; they’re more accurate than usual there.”
Observers are unsure about The 666 Club’s chances of success but it has drawn an avalanche of publicity as the first satanic-minded television network.
In truth, the serious-minded Pacifica network and segments of National Public television have already staked out satanic positions.
“If these guys succeed, you know who’s going to be banging down their doors to get them on? All the guys running Christian faith-base television. Television’s not a religious business. Religion is just a product … a prop,” said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers, a magazine that covers the industry.
The 666 Club is armed with $30 million in investor cash and a $30 million credit line being used to lease stations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with more stations promised.