A man in the UK is living out the dream of every Simpsons fan, getting paid to watch episodes of his favorite series.
Without a doubt, Alexander Townley became the envy of viewers of the animated series after revealing that You get paid $6,804 to watch each episode of the iconic comedy cartoon, complete with complimentary donuts.
“I’m a die-hard fan of The Simpsons and watching them for money is something I’ve always dreamed of.” Townley, 26, told Jam Press about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that began last month.
The Nottingham native, who has been a “Simpsons” superfan for as long as he can remember, found out about the job after his brother tagged him in an online ad looking for people to see Matt Groening’s creation and discuss his predictions for the future, something that has added to the fame of the series, considered a prophet of popular culture.
“About 10 people shared the post with me because all my friends and family know about my unhealthy obsession with the show,” Townley said.
The Simpsons addict said he found the show “absolutely fascinating” as well as perennially relevant as “it’s a reflection of society and based on stereotypes!”
“For example, a fat American dad with a trophy wife and kids, a pig-nosed police officer, and a school principal with irritatingly good posture.”he explained.
Now, as part of his job, “They ask me to critically analyze each episode and I can stuff my mouth full of free vegan donuts that they send me every week. Who wouldn’t love that?”Townley gushed.
In fact, the cartoon connoisseur said no one believed him about his enviable side job until he started getting donuts in the mail. Until then people looked at me less because I’m always at home watching The Simpsons, but now “some of my classmates are jealous, but happy for me.”
However, while getting paid to watch TV might sound like his dream job, the Simpsons pro says it’s not all fun and games.
“It’s not as simple as watching a few episodes and relaxing on the couch,” insisted Townley, who works at a cafe during the day. “I have to sit down with a notepad and a pen and I have to write down every little detail, even the opening credits with the whiteboard sequence and the couch joke”.
“There have even been weeks where I’ve watched as many as 30 episodes in a day, multiple days in a row, and that really is mentally draining.” he added.
Currently, the professional viewer is in the season 18 of 33 with 717 episodes remaining.
Townley’s goal is to search for anything related to the future in the clairvoyant cartoon, who is credited with having predicted everything, from 9/11 to the coronavirus pandemic. Townley’s findings are then sent to his employer PlatinCasino.co.uk.
And although the animation analyst has kept his results secret, he suggested that some episodes of “The Simpsons” could even have predicted his own life.
“There have been a few times where I’ve seen characters like Marge sit down and analyze TV shows like ‘Itchy & Scratchy’ with a notepad and pen and I’ve been like, wait, what the fuck, that’s literally what I’m doing. doing right now’”Townley said.
He hopes that in the future his performance will appear in an episode of The Simpsons, coming full circle.
“I know for a fact that the creators of ‘The Simpsons’ know about this work, so if you’re reading this, Mr. Groening, I’d love to appear in an episode based on this crazy work!” Townley said. “I’ve never been to the United States either, so if they could take me there and I could work with them, that would be amazing.”
The dreamer added: “It’s a little cheeky, I know, but I’ll never get the chance to ask again, why not?”
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