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New episode of The ScamWow Podcast: "The Government Won’t Tell You to Get A Cab"




Each week, comedians Caitlin Brodnick and Sue Smith do a deep dive into their favorite scams, new and old, from the Fyre Festival to LuLaRoe and 19th-century swindler Gregor MacGregor, who sold an imaginary island to hopeful settlers. They also invite a guest to share their own experiences with scams, who often share harrowing tales of becoming unwitting victims of shrewd, evil scammers. This week, Sue and Caitlin are joined in the studio by comedian and Lady Parts Justice League activist, Abby Holland, who reveals a traumatizing scam that happened to her over the phone. It’s so fresh and raw that she hasn’t even told her own mother about it yet. (Sorry, Abby’s mom!) After receiving a mysterious phone call possibly concerning her parents’ safety, Abby embarks on an epic journey that involves the IRS, a Mexican drug cartel, graphic designers, and one extremely helpful Apple store guy. Pro tip: there are undercover cops at the Apple store!

More about The ScamWow Podcast

Scammers, swindlers, and con-artists: they’re all woven into the fabric of what it means to be an American. We even live in a time where a reality TV star can scam his way into the White House! ScamWow is the gripping podcast about infamous cons that will make you angry and awestruck at the same time. Comedians Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick walk you through the best scams ever, from current events to historic mobsters, and everything in between. Above all, the podcast focuses on great storytelling, with a fascination on fraud that might be… unhealthy?

More about Caitlin Brodnick

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Caitlin Brodnick is a performer on Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's Maude Night. She performs sketch, standup, and storytelling regularly in New York City and Los Angeles. She is a writer for, and a blogger for Huffington Post. Her stories have been featured on the MOTH podcast, and quoted by the AV Club. As a breast cancer awareness advocate, and she has been invited to speak at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and various locations in New York City. Caitlin works closely with the organization FORCE, and Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital as a breast cancer awareness advocate, helping to connect with other women who are BRCA positive. Caitlin created and starred in the docu-series with Condé Nast Entertainment and, Screw You Cancer. Screw You Cancer won a National Magazine Honors Award ASME for excellence in new media. She is also an honoree of the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors, for using the power of television and video media to bring awareness to important social issues. She is proud to take on the public role as a representative of BRCA testing and cancer prevention. Caitlin is also a sober living advocate and volunteers with various organizations around the city to help support others working through their addictions. Caitlin lives in New York City with her husband and will probably offer to show you pictures of her puppy.

More about Sue Smith

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Sue Smith is a standup comedian who was named one of the 10 Funniest Women in NYC by Time Out New York. You may have seen her on VH1’s Best Week Ever, Lifetime's People's Sexiest Man Alive: 30 Years of Sexy, or alongside Jordan Sparks on MTV’s Middle of the Night Show. Sue is the co-host of ScamWow, the podcast about scams! She’s a versatile performer with experience in standup, improv, and character work. Her debut standup EP, Slutty Pretzel, was called, "A great introduction to a promising young comedian," by Paste. Her solo character show, Minimum Rage, ran for a year at the Upright Citizen's Brigade on both coasts. Sue has written and starred in tons of videos, including "Your Vagina Can Save the World," and "Juggalos: Are They a Gang?" Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, xoJane, Brokelyn, VICE and other, less trendy, publications.

More about More Banana

Based in Brooklyn, More Banana was founded in early 2018 as a response to a gap in the podcasting world. This gap was twofold: a noticeable lack of women working in audio and podcast production, and a need for women to not doubt their opinions, interests, and expertise, even in a media that does not highlight them as experts. More Banana was created to close that gap and elevate the views of women; not just because it is a woman’s perspective, but because it’s a damn good perspective.


Heidi Vanderlee

Shark Party Media

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