Troubled Waters

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Troubled Waters is the pop culture quiz show where comedians disagree to disagree. Twice a month, Dave will stoke pointless arguments between two teams of comedians and make them compete against each other in order to settle their meaningless debates once and for all. Winner takes home the right to be right.

Tugboat vs Pigslop
#193
Last Tuesday at 8:07 PM

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This week, our contestants and fellow MaxFun hosts Renee Colvert and Manolo Moreno join us for a special #MaxFunDrive episode and learn about celebrities' Wikipedia profiles, listen to a lot of Wham! and NSYNC, and learn about new summer blockbusters.

Renee Colvert would like to plug Can I Pet Your Dog? and My Pandemic Makeover Spectacular!  and...


Kill Bill vs New York, New York
#192
04/15/2021

This week, our contestants Mia Vicino and Dominick Nero, learn some Oscars trivia, pitch some plots to long lost movies, and solve some audio puzzles. 

Mia Vicino would like to plug her iconic Letterboxd  reviews and her film criticism on Willamette Week  and recommends Smooth Talk on The Criterion Channel

Dom Nero would like to plug his podcast Eye of the Duck and  his work with Esquire recommends The Sporkful with Dan Pashman 

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes. Dave would like to plug The Museum of Home Video

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Becky vs RBG
#191
04/01/2021

This week our contestants Gastor Almonte and Shalewa Sharpe of The War Report podcast learn about Godzilla and King Kong, punch up a few Springtime traditions, and argue over what the most complicated thing in the world is.

Shalewa Sharpe would like to plug Stay Eating Cookies and So, You Just Out Here? and recommends Janelle James' Black and Mild

Gastor Almonte would like to plug Immigrant Made and recommends the podcast Asian Not Asian 

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes. 

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod

Writ...


Bimini Bon-Boulash vs Giant Women
#190
03/15/2021

This week, our contestants (and former International Waters writers) Jordan Morris and Sarah Morgan learn about famous monsters, AVN nominees, and we celebrate the return of Erotic Fan Fiction.

The Bubble graphic novel is up for pre-order so get it now! 

Jordan Morris would like to recommend No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Sarah Morgan would like to recommend Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts' work

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes. Dave would like to recommend Matt Sucich's upcoming album

Find us on Twitter! We a...


Janney vs Day-Lewis
#189
03/02/2021

This week, our contestants Gianmarco Soresi and Jenn Welch learn about The Muppets, celebrate our 50th episode anniversary, and think up of new ways to leave your lover.

Jenn Welch would like to plug LadyHD and her Animal Crossing shot-for-shot remakes and recommends @creepyamericangirls

Gianmarco Soresi would like to plug his album Shelf Life and his upcoming podcast The Downside and recommends Promising Young Woman

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod

Call us on the official Troubled Waters hotline! Our numb...


Claudia vs Priyanka
#188
02/14/2021

This week, our contestants Ellington Wells and David Koechner learn about bizarre Valentine's Day promos, give some grand romantic speechers, and pitch a few replacements for Samantha on the Sex and the City reboot.

David Koechner would like to plug The Right One and Hey Good Meeting and recommends Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Ellington Wells would like to plug Sixteen Thousand Dollars and Lazor Wulf and recommends Celebrity Book Club

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and recommends our friend Renee Colvert's My Pandemic Makeover Spectacular

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Noonie vs Face
#187
02/02/2021

This week, our contestants Orlando Leyba and Holly Burn are quizzed on classic TV theme songs, listen to some sea shanties, and play a game with our very special guest, the one and only Ernie Hudson! 

Holly Burn would like to plug  her upcoming projects and her live comedy special and recommends Dina Martina

Orlando Leyba would like to plug his comedy special Adorable and recommends checking out Ernie Hudson

Special thanks to Ernie Hudson! Check him out in Redemption Day, out now on digital and demand.

And Finally, Dave Holmes is o...


The Bachelor vs Mr. Bean
#186
01/16/2021

This week, our contestants Aisha Alfa and Michael Balazo give our listeners motivational speeches, learn about the Karate Kid Cinematic Universe, and back out of their new years resolutions.

Aisha Alfa would like to plug her podcast Shout Out Show and her standup album All The Parts recommends  checking out The Dynasty Typewriter.

Michael Balazo would like to plug The Landlord and Tenant Podmess and his album The Complete Discography and recommends Stath Lets Flats

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod

Cal...


Comfort vs Trek
#185
01/01/2021

Ring in the new year with Tom DeTrinis and Megan Sass in a special GOOD VIBES ONLY episode. Megan and Tom are quizzed on upcoming Disney projects, musicals, and pitch some new calendar photoshoot ideas.

Tom DeTrinis would like to plug Making Friends and recommends Jack Plotnick's Disney videos

Megan Sass would like to plug her music and recommends Mary Neely's Twitter musicals

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and recommends Ben Smith's Instagram

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod

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Drummer Boy vs Swan Lake
#184
12/15/2020

This week, our contestants Mike Castle and Joey Greer argue about underrated Christmas songs, learn about Rankin Bass films, and come up with snappy PSAs we can all use.

Mike Castle would like to plug Brew Brothers and Chess.com and recommends Syd Steinberg's  Instagram 

Joey Greer would like to plug his new Instagram @godblesschimchum his album Good Night and recommends you get involved in the Georgia runoff race.

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and recommends beabadoobee’s album  Fake It Flowers

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledP...


Dolly vs Cinnabon
#183
12/01/2020

This week, our contestants Laura House and Logan Guntzelman argue about why they actually won in terrible situations, learn about Star Trek and Star Wars theme tunes, and pitch a few new Pixar movies.

Logan Guntzelman would like to plug her album Today's Top Hits and recommends Paige Weldon's cartoons

Laura House would like to plug Tiny Victories here on MaxFun and her album Mouth Punch and recommends reading Annabelle Gurwitch's article on Safe Place for Youth 

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and recommends A Face in the Crowd

Fi...


Chick vs Dog
#182
11/17/2020

This week, our contestants create their own Thanksgiving carols, talk about times when they got themselves into a terrible situation, and listen to some songs about giving thanks.

Brian Parise would like to plug his album Last Wishes and recommends Chanel Ali's album Chanel No. 1

Negin Farsad would like to plug Fake the Nation and recommends shopping local during the holiday season

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and recommends beabadoobee's album  Fake It Flowers

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod and you can also find us on Faceboo...


Timothée vs AOC
#181
11/02/2020

This week, our contestants are quizzed on some Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trivia, learn about some Ryan Reynolds fake movies, and play a game with our very special guest, the one and only Joe Pantoliano!

Josh Ruben would like to plug Scare Me and recommends the African dance duo @ebimumbrothers

Kyle Ayers would like to plug Happiness and recommends Open Mike Eagle's new album Anime, Trauma & Divorce

Special thanks to Joe Pantoliano! Check out On The Vine, available now on VOD.

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and rec...


Nameless vs Twenty Eight
#180
10/15/2020

This week, our contestants are given horror movie limericks,  pitch some horror movie mashups, and  tells us some truly scary stories from Halloween past.

Halle Kiefer would like to plug  her podcast Ruined and recommends Scary Stories to tell on the Pod

Brian Fernandes would like to plug Jordan, Jesse Go and recommends This Sounds Serious

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and wants you to VOTE! 

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod and you can also find us on Facebook.

Call us on the official Troubled W...


Top to Bottom vs The Bureau
#179
10/01/2020

This week, our contestants are quizzed on movies turning 40, talk about Lovecraft monsters and villages in Wales, and try their best to figure out who "You Oughta Know" is about.

Chanel Ali would like to plug her album Chanel No. 1 and Apocalypse Untreated and recommends (safely) watching live comedy.

David Rees would like to plug Election Profit Makers and Dicktown on FXX and recommends watching the Nardwuar interview with Big K.R.I.T

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and recommends you read Shuggie Bain

Find us on Twi...


Kardashians vs Princess Bride
#178
09/15/2020

This week, our contestants are quizzed on autumnal traditions around the world, learn about upbeat songs that are secretly bummers, and listen to some iconic sound effects.

Broti Gupta would like to plug her newsletter and recommends the MasterChef Jr. clip where the kid says "rusticity"

Josh Gondelman would like to plug Desus & Mero and his podcast Make My Day and recommends  friend of the show Jamie Loftus' podcast My Year In Mensa

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and would like to plug Josh Gondelman's book Nice Try and Broti's subs...


Adopting Cats vs Virtual Accessibility
#177
09/01/2020

Maggie Mae Fish and Melissa Darch argue over the most pressing issues of the day. This time, it's Adopting Cats vs Virtual Accessibility

This week, our contestants talk about some weird college memories, take a Dolly Parton quiz, and learn through limericks. 

Melissa Darch would like to plug Minute 24 and recommends donating to give our unhoused neighbors food and water.

Maggie Mae Fish would like to plug her comedic film analyses and recommends Princess Weeke's YouTube channel.

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and would like to plug Pacific Ocea...


TikTok vs Resigning Cat
#176
08/17/2020

Luke Null and Emily Duke argue over the week's most pressing issues, this time, it's TikTok vs Resigning Cat.

This week, our contestants pitch some long-awaited sequels, learn about the history of the internet, and find out if it really is cake.

Luke Null would like to plug his hard seltzer reviews and Guitar Comic and recommends Alone 

Emily Duke would like to plug Melodramatic Teen Universe and recommends Sam Jay's 3 In The Morning

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and would like to plug the musical Star Struck


The Woman King vs Hobo Dogs
#175
08/03/2020

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It's a MaxFun Crossover with Dave Shumka of Stop Podcasting Yourself and James Arthur of Minority Korner arguing over the important issues of the day. It's The Woman King vs Hobo Dogs. This week, our contestants renovate Disneyland attractions, learn about a few fake podcasts, and give old plays the Clueless treatment.

James Arthur would like...


Game Shows vs Aussie Man
#174
07/16/2020

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Doug Benson and Doug Mellard of the new podcast  Wide World of Dougs argue over the most important issues of the day. It's Music Week on The Price is Right vs Aussie Man fighting off a snake going 70mph. 

This week, our contestants give some movie recommendations, learn abou...


Houseplants vs Bees
#173
07/02/2020

Keith Kingbay and Vanessa Gritton argue over the important issues of the day, it's  the Barcelona Orchestra playing for an audience of houseplants vs the return of the bee!

 

This week, our guests talk about some wild celebrity encounters, improvise some lyrics to movie theme songs, and play a very special round, courtesy of Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's.

 

Keith Kingbay would like to plug New Player Has Joined and recommends donating to Black Girl Hockey Club

Vanessa Gritton would like to plug El Rey Nation and Kicking and Scr...


Smiles vs Nacho
#172
06/16/2020

Aminatou Sow and Steve Hernandez argue over the most important topics of the day. It's @blackmensmiling vs  Nacho Vidal.

 

This week, our contestants talk about their favorite  comfort foods, listen to a few protest songs, and punch up our favorite dad jokes.

Steve Hernandez would like to plug Views from the Vista,  Who's Your God, and The Male Gaze and would like to plug @inthistogether_la on Instagram

Aminatou Sow would like to plug her upcoming book, Big Friendship and would like to plug donating to your local bail fund.

An...


Quarantine Bras vs Bisexual Goose
#171
06/04/2020

Jasika Nicole and Addie Weyrich argue over the important issues, it's Quarantine Bras vs. Bisexual Goose.

 

Team Quarantine Bras

Jasika Nicole

 

Team Bisexual Goose

Addie Weyrich

 

This week, our guests try and guess fake Disney characters, give some motivational speeches and tell us some embarrassing high school stories

 

Jasika Nicole would like to plug her Instagram @Jasikaistrycurious and recommends Project Q.

 

Addie Weyrich would like to plug reading and writing and recommends Avatar the Last Airbe...


JOANN Fabrics vs Walks
#170
05/15/2020

Maddy Myers and Kirk Hamilton of the new MaxFun podcast Triple Click argue over the most pressing issues of the day. It's JOANN Fabrics vs Walking!

 

Team JOANN

Maddy Myers

 

Team Walks

Kirk Hamilton

 

This week, our contestants settle some celebrity feuds, come up with some Home Alone-esque traps, and talk about some of the weirdest arguments they've been a part of.

 

Kirk Hamilton would like to plug Triple Click, Strong Songs, and recommends the Cowboy Bebop music video reun...


Landlord vs Chaos
#169
05/02/2020

Myq Kaplan and Zach Zimmerman join host Dave Holmes on this special remote episode of Troubled Waters to shine a light on  a few things that need some more attention.

 

Team Zach's Landlord

Zach Zimmerman

Team Chaos

Myq Kaplan

 

This week, our teams play a couple of memory games, come up with post-apocalyptic blockbusters, and we mark the triumphant return of Who Is Dave's Mom Talking About?

Myq Kaplan would like to plug his album A.K.A. and his podcast Broccoli and Ice...


Fitness Marshall vs Peter Andre
#168
04/16/2020

Editor's note: We accidentally recorded from the wrong source on this remote recording. Please forgive the audio issues on Dave's mic! 

Benjamin Partridge and Sarah Morgan join host Dave Holmes on this special remote episode of Troubled Waters to shine a light on their favorite stories of the past few weeks.

Team Peter Andre

Benjamin Partridge

Team Fitness Marshall

Sarah Morgan

 

This week, our comics give some quarantine friendly pop culture recommendations, give rousing speeches to our listeners, and make up movies about rabbits and Je...


Troubled Waters At Home
#167
04/01/2020

Well hello there! Welcome to the first post-quarantine episode of Troubled Waters. We're doing a special "Play At Home" edition of the show where YOU are playing along! If you’re self-quarantining with other people, play along with them too. 

We’d love it if you recorded yourselves playing along with our games and sent them to us at our Twitter account, @TroubledPod, or email them to us at troubledwaterspod@gmail.com. We’ll try our best to share as many of them as we can!

Remember to tweet us @TroubledPod and use the hashtag #ReignOf...


Pox vs Hanx
#166
03/18/2020

Editor's note: This episode was originally meant to run during the MaxFunDrive, but due to, well, you know, we had to postpone the pledge drive.

Jordan Morris, Alexis Preston, J Keith van Straaten, and Biz Ellis join Dave Holmes to defend the honor of the most hallowed institutions of our times; it's The Hanks Family vs Chicken Pox. 

Team Hanx

Biz Ellis and J Keith van Straaten

 

Team Pox

Jordan Morris and Alexis Preston

 

This week, our teams are quizzed on covers of son...


Fast Food vs McMillions
#165
03/03/2020

Matt Apodaca, Ellington Wells, Mike Castle, and Casey O'Brien join host Dave Holmes to defend the most hallowed institutions of our times;  it's Fast Food vs. the McMillions guys

Team Fast Food

Casey O'Brien and Ellington Wells

 

Team McMillions

Mike Castle and Matt Apodaca

 

This week, our teams come up with new protest slogans, talk about the angriest they've ever been (or seen others at their angriest), and argue about when celebrities truly became famous.

Ellington Wells would like to plug her short fil...


Kanye vs Jameela
#164
02/17/2020

Molly Ruben Long, Brian Fernandes. Venk Potula, and Aimée Lutkin join host Dave Holmes to throw a cultural life preserver to their favorite celebs currently in troubled waters; it's Kanye vs Jameela

 

Team Kanye

Molly Ruben Long and Venk Potula

Team Jameela

Brian Fernandes and Aimeé Lutkin

This week, our teams help Dave decide over his Valentine's Day plans, talk about terrible dates they've been on, and create their very own national holidays.

Molly Ruben Long would like to plug Big Laughs at the Little...


Cats vs Sitting
#163
02/03/2020

This week, Lindsey Kelk, Chad Westbrook, Karen Strassman, and Kale Hills attempt to throw a cultural life preserver to someone or something that is currently in troubled waters; it's Andrew Lloyd Webber vs Renaissance Paintings 

Team Cats

Lindsey Kelk and Kale Hills

Team Sitting

Chad Westbrook and Karen Strassman

 

This week, our teams argue over new Oscar categories, talk about a day they would gladly live over and over again, and give inspiring speeches to our listeners.

Chad Westbrook would like to plug Convertible (a car...


Oscar Snubs vs Goop
#162
01/16/2020

Mike Castle, Steve Hernandez, Mary Anthony, and Ryan Barton join host Dave Holmes to settle once and for all: what should we be paying more attention to, the Goop candle or Oscar snubs?

Team Goop

Ryan Barton and Steve Hernandez

Team Oscar Snubs

Mike Castle and Mary Anthony

 

This week, our teams argue about Oscar nominations, fake mutant powers, and make up candle scents for celebrities.

Ryan Barton would like to plug his webseries, Man Eater and recommends the UCB Drag Race.

Steve H...


2011 vs 2012
#161
01/03/2020

Allie Goertz, Gwen Hollander, Joey Greer, and Melissa Darch join host Dave Holmes to settle once and for all: which was the best year of the past decade? 

Team 2011

Joey Greer and Allie Goertz

Team 2012

Melissa Darch and Gwen Hollander

 

This week, our teams argue over 2020 resolutions, make movies more Jumanji, and try adding more verses into We Didn't Start the Fire.

Melissa Darch would like to plug Minute 24 and recommends The Pack Theater

Joey Greer would like to plug his album Good Ni...


The Troubled Waters 2019 Holiday Special
#160
12/17/2019

Alison Rosen, Danielle Perez, Joel Stein, and Drennon Davis join host Dave Holmes for the very first Troubled Waters holiday special!

This week, our teams argue over holiday party etiquette, tell us about their worst holiday experiences, and pretend to love their terrible Christmas presents.

Alison Rosen would like to plug the Childish and Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend live shows at SF Sketchfest and recommends Joel Stein's book, In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You're Better Than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book.

Joel Stein would...


Live Shows Rule vs Live Shows Suck
#159
12/02/2019

Laci Mosley, Nick Kocher, Lisa Gilroy, and Joe Kwaczala join host Dave Holmes to settle once and for all, are live shows for suckers or are they actually pretty cool?

Team Pro-Live Shows

Joe Kwaczala and Laci Mosley

Team Anti-Live Shows

Nick Kocher and Lisa Gilroy

 

This week, our teams argue about Coldplay's recent decision to quit touring, talk about the worst stories about life on the road, and come up with personalized merch to sell.

Laci Mosley wants to plug Scam Goddess and Florida G...


Poutine vs Acorn Mush
#158
11/15/2019

Joey Greer, Shelby Fero, DC Pierson, and Christine Medrano join Dave Holmes to decide once and for all, what new side dish must be present at every American Thanksgiving

Team Poutine

Joey Greer and Christine Medrano

Team Acorn Mush

Shelby Fero and DC Pierson

This week, our teams argue about various Thanksgiving faux pas, make up Thanksgiving carols, and special guest Benjamin Partridge comes by for a special trivia segment!

Shelby Fero wants to plug I'm 25 Now and recommends Rebecca Kirby, @reweki

DC Pierson wants...


Netflix vs Disney+
#157
11/01/2019

Gabe Liedman, Jordan Kauwling, Katy Davis, and Daniel Zomparelli join host Dave Holmes to decide once and for all: Netflix or Disney+?

 

Team Disney+

Daniel Zomparelli and Gabe Liedman

Team Netflix

Jordan Kauwling and Katy Davis

 

This week, our teams argue about stealing from Disneyland, reboot Netflix tv shows, and tell us about some of the most embarrassing things they've stolen.

Gabe Liedman wants to plug I'm Afraid That and recommends Scandinavian Swimmers from Trader Joe's

Daniel Zomparelli also wants to plu...


Michael Myers vs Laurie Strode
#156
10/15/2019

Elliott Kalan, Addie Weyrich, Mano Agapion, and Lucé Tomlin-Brenner join host Dave Holmes on our first annual Troubled Waters Halloween Spooktacular.

 

Team Michael Myers

Elliott Kalan and Lucé Tomlin-Brenner

Team Lauri Strode

Addie Weyrich and Mano Agapion

 

This week, our teams argue about haunted houses, tell some truly terrifying tales, and learn about strange foreign candies.

 

Mano Agapion wants to plug We Love Trash, Drag Her, and his upcoming UCB shows, and recommends Jawline on Hulu

Elliott Kalan wants to plu...


Pumpkin Pie vs Changing Leaves
#155
10/01/2019

Holly Walker, Jesse Neil, Amanda Brooke-Perrin, and Maggie Maye join host Dave Holmes to settle once and for all, which is the best part of fall, changing leaves or pumpkin spice?

 

Team Leaves

Holly Walker and Amanda Brooke Perrin

Team Pumpkin

Maggie Maye and Jesse Neil

 

This week, our teams argue over overly competitive coffee drinkers, learn about the weirdest Saturday morning cartoons, and find out if Holly was the murderer all along.

Holly Walker wants to plug A Black Lady Sketch Show on...


Kids vs No Kids
#154
09/16/2019

Ify Nwadiwe, Mike Hanford, Felicia Folkes and Kara Klenk join host, Dave Holmes to settle once and for all should you be having kids?

Team No Kids Mike Hanford and Felicia Folkes

Team Kids Kara Klenk and Ify Nwadiwe

This week, our contestants argue about miniature horses on planes, share some weird animal stories, and try to guess the length of certain iconic noises. Trust me it'll make sense when we get there.

Ify Nwadiwe wants to plug Who Shot Ya,Nerdificent and his Twitch channel Ifdeez and recommends supporting Nigerian comedians.