Home Humor Was ‘The Workplace’s Fake Stanley Spin-Off a Kickstarter Grift All Alongside?

Was ‘The Workplace’s Fake Stanley Spin-Off a Kickstarter Grift All Alongside?

Was ‘The Workplace’s Fake Stanley Spin-Off a Kickstarter Grift All Alongside?


Followers of The Workplace reached straight for his or her wallets when Leslie David Howard, who performed crossword-puzzle junkie Stanley Hudson, introduced a brand new TV present known as Uncle Stan in 2020. The present wouldn’t be based mostly on THE Stanley after all — NBC and the creators of The Workplace nonetheless owned the rights to the Scranton paper salesman. However Uncle Stan was a “new” character who simply may need quite a bit in widespread with Howard’s former position, and followers supported a Kickstarter marketing campaign to the tune of greater than $330,000. Information shops like Leisure Tonight publicized the present as an unofficial Workplace spin-off.

Click on proper right here to get the most effective of Cracked despatched to your inbox.

The Kickstarter, which ran in the summertime of 2020, supplied a number of potential perks, starting from an unique .mp3 of the Uncle Stan theme tune ($5) to a private telephone name from Howard ($100) all the best way as much as a go to to the present’s set ($10,000). The marketing campaign had no downside reaching its funding aim, however three years later, there’s nonetheless no Uncle Stan. And in accordance with Reddit person u/Phillies059, who wrote an exhaustive submit on the matter, few donors acquired their promised rewards. Different Redditors backed up the sentiment.

Simply chiming in that I did again on the $25 stage,” wrote u/THGoodale. “Ought to’ve stayed away. I by no means acquired something and clearly the present isn’t occurring.”

“I donated 500 as a present for a good friend to have the reside 10 min chat with him,” says u/HaZZaH33. “By no means occurred and by no means bought any of the opposite stuff i used to be promised. They made getting your rewards this tremendous sophisticated course of. I used to be in direct talks with Sardar to attempt to get the chat to occur however it saved getting delayed. Greatest waste if cash in my life”

“Sarder” is Sarder Khan, Howard’s associate within the enterprise. In 2021, the 2 teamed with Rocket Bunny to launch a cryptocurrency known as Stanley’s Nickels. Once more, a totally different Stanley from the one in Scranton though the title and likeness are precisely the identical. In concept, earnings would have benefited the Actors Fund, however like Uncle Stan, lots of the hyperlinks to a would-be completed product are damaged. 

At this time’s worth of Stanley’s Nickels, in accordance with Stay Coin Watch? “Stanley Nickels Token (STANLEY) is at present ranked because the #6316 cryptocurrency by market cap. At this time it reached a excessive of $0.000349, and now sits at null.”

As for the TV present, most donors hadn’t heard a peep about Uncle Stan for years. However as on-line chatter on Twitter and Reddit constructed to a certifiable buzz this week, Leslie David Howard should have been feeling the warmth. Yesterday, he posted an replace on his Instagram.

No present for 3 years due to COVID? WGA and SAG strikes which were happening for a few months? No marvel Howard disabled the feedback on his submit. However regardless of the excuses, a minimum of backers have excellent news: Howard and Khan say they’re going to return the cash to the Kickstarter backers. Or will they? The Instagram submit claims that Howard and Khan solely acquired $110,000 of the $330,000 raised attributable to “a big portion of backers’ pledges that have been lowered, or fully dropped.” Hrm — it is potential to cancel a pledge, however solely throughout an energetic marketing campaign. Two-thirds of the cash went away whereas the marketing campaign was selecting up steam? Appears like there is likely to be extra updates to return.

Ah nicely, Stanley, it was good whereas it lasted.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here