Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day of love, we won’t ask that you watch Carlos attempting to twerk. Instead we want to share some of the OZY staff’s best-loved episodes of The Carlos Watson Show.
It’s so hard to choose just one! I typically watch episodes and listen to the podcast more to learn than to be entertained, so my favorites are some of the names we might not already know but have a lot to learn from. Dr. Danielle Moss is a perfect example of that. I love that she suggested we “multiply our dreams by 10,” and that she struggles with the former president because he’s “immune to the experience of others.” Another quote that remains stuck in my head is “you never know what’s on the other side of your courage.” I get inspired by so many of the guests on the show.
I’d have to say the episode with Mark and Patricia McCloskey is my favorite. You won’t find many platforms that would host such controversial guests, but that’s what I love about The Carlos Watson Show. In the episode, Carlos is able to appeal to their humanity without letting them off the hook.
I can’t help but fall in love with the hilarious stand-up comedian Jo Koy based on his episode. He shares great stories about how his mom’s immigrant resilience shaped his sense of humor and the importance of media representation. And it’s wild to see the all-star list of comedians he came up with, including Tiffany Haddish, Chelsea Handler, Gabriel Igelsias and more!
Congresswoman Maxine Waters is a must-watch! Carlos’ connection to this straight-shooting legislator is second to none. Waters appears fearless, hopeful and bold in her relentless efforts to Reset America, including everything from COVID-19, then-President Trump and systemic racism. The cherry on top? She shares her go-to karaoke song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
— Matthew Vafiadis, Senior Executive Current & Branded Entertainment
I’ve got to choose two! Rep. Maxine Waters — aka Aunty Maxine — reminds me of my grandmother. Her remarks come from such a soulful place. She speaks life into others and gives me hope. I’m grateful to have her in Congress. And in the episode with Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, it was a joy to watch two of the biggest music producers of all time connect with Carlos. The exchange was magical. I’d love to see Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé up next for a Versuz!