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.
Cameron Diaz vs Beads
Our pals Mike Castle and Margo Donohue join host Dave Holmes for some Thanksgiving carols, underwater civilization trivia, and defend truly indefensible side dishes.
McRib vs Rebel
Our friends Matt Braunger and Maggie Faris join host Dave Holmes to decipher biopic rebuses, give motivational speeches, and learn about some phony reasons concerts have been cancelled.
Terror Train vs Trading Places
Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna join host Dave Holmes for the annual Troubled Waters Halloween Spooktacular! We learn about ripoff Halloween costumes, decipher slowed down songs, and some good old fashioned spooky celebrity punnery.
Big Cats vs Phantom
MAXFUN CROSSOVER ALERT!
Ella McLeod of Comfort Creatures and Tom Lum of Let's Learn Everything, both new podcasts in the Maximum Fun family, join host Dave Holmes for some extremely basic Avatar trivia, made up horror movie titles, and learn about goats and their many film appearances.
Wheel vs Pizza
Subhah Agarwal and Lenny Marcus join host Dave Holmes for a game about game shows, bizarre videogame movie tie-ins, and trivia about your favorite puppets.
Sly vs Flavin
CJ Sullivan and Sean Bair-Flannery join host Dave Holmes for some Lord of the Rings trivia, Herculean labors, and She Hulk fun facts.
International Waters - worth a listen; Troubled Waters - worth a miss
The original “International Waters” podcast was stellar. The new incarnation, “Troubled Waters”, much less so, so the stars are all for the past episodes, with one dropped for the current state of the show, since I can’t rate them separately.
Definitely download and enjoy all the past IW episodes, there’s something like 7 years of fantastic US-UK humour to enjoy. In nearly every episode both sides play of each other well and the host carries things along admirably. But the current TW version is quite missable.
Those Terrible Ads...
As part of the MaxFun network this podcast does cross promotional ads with other podcasts on the network. The ad Troubled Waters plays is so sonically unpleasant I have developed a Pavlovian response to plug my ears and flee whenever I hear a pirate or an off board motor. Troubled Waters, your ad is torturously unpleasant to my ears; loud, grating, and poorly written. Please change it so you’re not putting a sour note in every podcast you advertise on.
Not as good anymore.
I loved international waters, but troubled waters has lost most of the comedy. The show has become talking about current events and not about being funny. Also, it’s hella annoying to listen to in the car because Dave’s voice fluctuates so dramatically throughout even his sentences. Will still be listening in case it gets better when they’re back in their groove, but for now it will be passive listening.