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Comedy Scams Swindles Schemes Web Series

$299 for 5 Minutes to Practice a Pitch?! And No Deal—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

This episode’s scam begins like so many others: with a mass email sent to the Promotions folder! Devin made the mistake of signing up for a “free” pitch meeting with a rando executive, but he forgot to read the fine print that stated he had to pay three hundred dollars if he wanted to actually pitch something in order to get lukewarm feedback. Full season 2 starts in April!

You can find us on Twitter (we’d love to hear from you!), donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and pay us a lot of money to listen to your ideas so that we can compliment your “energy.”

Pitch Meeting Scam

Devin tells a story about how he ended up in a Zoom call with too many people sharing movie and tv show ideas, some of which are bad enough that they’ll probably end up produced soon enough. At least he didn’t stay for the whole thing!

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) to tell us: would you spend this kind of money for five minutes of pitching and two minutes of feedback?

We’re better than studio executives because we’re honest.

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Comedy Scams Swindles Schemes Web Series

We’re selling a show to Netflix!—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

Over 40 and need a retirement plan? Southern New Hampshire University encourages you to rack up student loans in exchange for dream jobs that probably won’t come anyway. We also debate using paid time off (PTO) or working make-up hours. Finally, dream of selling a show to Netflix? Well, we know just the people you should avoid! Tweet us your thoughts, reply to our polls—and let us know what your first pet’s name was in the city you grew up in!

Southern New Hampshire University schills sketchy M.F.A. program

While researching a potential scam, Devin made the unfortunate choice to provide contact information. This naturally backfired, but we want to take a closer look at the promises that higher education institutions make about why you should continue to be crushed by student loan debt.

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Question: Is your dream job worth never having any financial stability for the rest of your life?

Paid time off (PTO) vs. make-up hours

We uncovered yet another way that your boss might scam you out of your free time or compensation that equates to a living wage! Devin got vaccinated (yay!) but had to take time off work to get it (boo!), and had to split that time off between paid time off (PTO) and coming in on his day off to work four hours. Why couldn’t he take the whole day off? How else is he supposed to take a vacation someday?

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Question: Why don’t more jobs provide unlimited PTO?

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Netflix Pitch Deal?

We’ve all had great ideas for TV shows and thought the only thing that keeps them from getting made is our ability to get a foot in the door. What if somebody promised a foot in the door? Well, maybe not a foot in the door, but directions to the door? Or maybe they were directions to A door, but who knows what’s on the other side? We look at a “service” that’s willing to take hundreds of dollars to help you craft a pitch packet but at the end of the day, is it worth it?

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Question: Would you pay $400 for a phone call if it would help your career?