Newcomers: Fast & Furious, with Nicole Byer and Jon Gabrus

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In Newcomers, Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer take a deep dive into cultural staples they haven’t gotten around to just yet. So far, they have covered Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Tyler Perry's body of work. This season, guest co-host Jon Gabrus guides Nicole through their next feat—the Fast & Furious Franchise.


Episode Date
F9 (w/ Lauren Lapkus)
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Lauren Lapkus is back to help Nicole and Gabrus finish out the season with the last film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—F9 (2021). Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 28, 2021
Hobbs & Shaw (w/ Michael Cruz Kayne)
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Michael Cruz Kayne (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) joins Nicole and Gabrus to discuss the ninth film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—Hobbs & Shaw (2019). Check out Michael's podcast A Good Cry, premiering September 30th, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 21, 2021
The Fate Of The Furious (w/ Niccole Thurman)
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Niccole Thurman (Grace and Frankie, Jellystone) joins Nicole and Gabrus to discuss the eighth film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—The Fate of the Furious (2017). Follow Niccole on Twitter and Instagram and check out The Scroll Down on Headgum.  Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 14, 2021
Furious 7 (w/ Sam Richardson)
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Sam Richardson (Veep, I Think You Should Leave, The Tomorrow War) joins Nicole and Gabrus to discuss the seventh film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—Furious 7 (2015). Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 07, 2021
Fast & Furious 6 (w/ Ryan Stanger)
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Ryan Stanger (The Dumbbells, The ActionBoyz) joins Nicole and Gabrus to discuss the sixth film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—Fast & Furious 6 (2013). Follow Ryan on Instagram and Twitter and check out The Dumbbellson Headgum. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 31, 2021
Fast Five (w/ Jen D'Angelo)
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Jen D'Angelo (Workaholics, Solar Opposites) joins Nicole and Gabrus to discuss the fifth film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—Fast Five (2011). Follow Jen on Instagram and Twitter. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 24, 2021
Fast & Furious (w/ Geoffrey James and Reilly Anspaugh)
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Geoffrey James and Reilly Anspaugh (Review Revue) join Nicole and Gabrus to discuss the fourth film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—Fast & Furious (2009) Follow Geoff and Reilly and check out Review Revue and The Headgum Podcast on Headgum. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 17, 2021
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (w/ Christine Nangle)
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Writer and producer Christine Nangle joins Nicole and Gabrus to discuss the third film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). Follow Christine on Twitter. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 10, 2021
2 Fast 2 Furious (w/ Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell)
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Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell (Doughboys) join Nicole and Gabrus to discuss the second film in the Fast & Furious Franchise—2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). Follow Nick (Twitter) and Mike (Instagram, Twitter) and check out Doughboys on Headgum. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 03, 2021
The Fast and the Furious (w/ Betsy Sodaro)
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Lauren and Nicole have covered Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Tyler Perry's body of work. This season, guest co-host Jon Gabrus guides Nicole through their next feat—the Fast & Furious Franchise. Comedian and writer Betsy Sodaro joins them for the first film of the franchise, The Fast and The Furious (2001). Follow Betsy on Instagram and Twitter, and check out her podcasts A Funny Feeling and We Love Trash. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 27, 2021
Madea's Farewell Play (w/ Demi Adejuyigbe)
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Demi Adejuyigbe is back to help Lauren and Nicole finish out their Tyler Perry season with Madea's Farewell Play (2020).  Follow Demi on Instagram, and check out The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what franchise they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 22, 2021
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (w/ Naomi Ekperigin)
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Actress, comedian, and writer Naomi Ekperigin (Mythic Quest) joins Lauren and Nicole to discuss Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013). Follow Naomi on Instagram and Twitter, and check out Mythic Quest on Apple TV and her podcasts Couples Therapy and I Love A Lifetime Movie. Next Week’s Watchlist: Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play (2020) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 15, 2021
A Madea Family Funeral (w/ Sasheer Zamata)
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Lauren and Nicole are joined by comedian, actress, and writer Sasheer Zamata (Woke, Home Economics) to examine the last film in the Madea franchise—A Madea Family Funeral (2019). Follow Sasheer on Instagram and Twitter and check out Home Economics and Woke on Hulu.  Next week's watchlist: Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 08, 2021
Madea's Witness Protection (w/ Langston Kerman)
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Nicole and Lauren are joined by Langston Kerman (Insecure, The Boys) to examine another movie within the Madea Cinematic Universe–Madea's Witness Protection (2012). Follow Langston on Instagram and Twitter and check out his podcast My Momma Told Me from Big Money Player's Network and iHeartRadio. Next week's watchlist: A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 01, 2021
Ruthless Episode 1 - Watchalong
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Join Lauren and Nicole for a live watchalong of the Ruthless pilot. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 25, 2021
Madea Goes to Jail (w/ Shaun Diston)
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Shaun Diston is back to help Lauren and Nicole examine a staple within the Madea Cinematic Universe - Madea Goes to Jail (2009). Follow Shaun @shaundiston on Instagram and Twitter, and check out Waffles + Mochi on Netflix. Next week's topic: Ruthless S1 E1 "Pilot" Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 18, 2021
The Oval (w/ Monique Heart)
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Monique Heart (RuPaul's Drag Race) guides Lauren and Nicole through their first experience with a Tyler Perry television drama–the pilot episode of The Oval (2019).  Follow Monique on Instagram and Twitter, and check out Ace of Hearts with Monique Heart on Headgum.  Next Week's Watchlist: Madea Goes to Jail (2009) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 11, 2021
Madea's Big Happy Family (w/ Rae Sanni)
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Comedian and writer Rae Sanni joins Lauren and Nicole to discuss another film within the Madea Cinematic Universe–Madea's Big Happy Family (2011).  Follow Rae on Instagram and Twitter, and check-out The Cast with Rae & Jacquis on HeadGum. Next Week's Watchlist: The Oval S1 E1 "The Pilot" (2019) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 04, 2021
Meet The Browns - TV Series (w/ Dulcé Sloan)
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Nicole and Lauren are joined by comedian and actress Dulcé Sloan (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Great North) to discuss her experience working on an episode of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.  Follow Dulcé on Instagram and Twitter @dulcesloan, and tune into The Great North airing Sundays on FOX.  Next Week's Watchlist: Madea's Big Happy Family (2011) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 27, 2021
Acrimony (w/ Michelle Collins)
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Michelle Collins (The Michelle Collins Show, Midnight Snack) returns to help Lauren and Nicole examine Tyler Perry's psychological thriller, Acrimony (2018). Follow Michelle on Instagram and Twitter @michcoll and tune into The Michelle Collins Show on SiriusXM and her podcast, Midnight Snack. Next week's watchlist: Meet the Browns (TV Show) Episodes: "Meet Brown Meadows" and "Meet the Trainer" Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 20, 2021
A Madea Christmas (w/ Jason Concepcion)
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Nicole and Lauren are joined by writer, producer, and podcaster Jason Concepcion (host of Crooked Media's Takeline and ALL CAPS NBA) to discuss a holiday film within the Madea Cinematic Universe, A Madea Christmas (2013).  Follow Jason on Instagram and Twitter @netw3rk and tune into his new Crooked podcast, Takeline.  Next week's watchlist: Acrimony (2018) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 13, 2021
Why Did I Get Married (w/ Lauren Ashley Smith and Mariah Smith)
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Nicole and Lauren are joined by comedians, writers, producers, and sisters Lauren Ashley Smith (A Black Lady Sketch Show) and Mariah Smith (Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV) to discuss the Tyler Perry marriage dramedy, Why Did I Get Married (2007).  Follow Lauren on Twitter and Instagram, and check out the second season of A Black Lady Sketch Show, debuting April 23rd on HBO. Follow Mariah on Twitter and Instagram, and check out her podcast ‎Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 06, 2021
The Family That Preys (w/ Jacquis Neal)
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Actor, comedian, and podcaster Jacquis Neal (The Cast with Rae & Jacquis, Culture Kings) joins Lauren and Nicole to examine a Tyler Perry family melodrama–The Family That Preys (2008). Follow Jacquis on Twitter and Instagram, and check out his podcast The Cast with Rae & Jacquis! Next week’s watchlist: Why Did I Get Married (2007) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 30, 2021
Daddy's Little Girls (w/ Sydnee Washington)
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Nicole and Lauren are joined by comedian, actress, and fellow Headgum podcaster Sydnee Washington (Hobby Hunter, Unofficial Expert) to discuss one of Tyler Perry’s first dramatic rom-coms, Daddy’s Little Girls (2007). Follow Sydnee on Twitter and Instagram, and check out her podcast Hobby Hunter! Next week’s watchlist: The Family That Preys (2008) Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2021
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (w/ Jon Braylock)
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Nicole and Lauren are back, and this season, they're watching Tyler Perry's works for the first time. No more of that nerd stuff! They're starting with the movie that kicked it all off for him: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and are joined by Jon Braylock (Astronomy Club, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), who knows Mr. Perry's oeuvre inside and out. Follow Jonathan on Twitter and Instagram! Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what Tyler Perry hit they should check out next. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 16, 2021
The Rise of Skywalker - Watchalong
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Join Lauren Lapkus and her quarantine buddy/husband Mike Castle on their watchalong of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 09, 2021
The Battle of the Five Armies - Watchalong (Pt. 2/2)
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Join Lauren Lapkus and her quarantine buddy/husband Mike Castle on part 2 of their watchalong of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 02, 2021
The Battle of the Five Armies - Watchalong (Pt. 1/2)
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Join Lauren Lapkus and her quarantine buddy/husband Mike Castle on this first installment of their watchalong of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 23, 2021
1981 BBC Radio Drama (w/ Kevin T. Porter)
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For their final romp through Middle-earth, Lauren and Nicole are joined by comedian and podcaster Kevin T. Porter (Good Christian Fun, Gilmore Guys) to explore the much-loved 1981 BBC radio drama adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Nothing is held back in this final installment of Season 2 as Lauren and Nicole reflect back on their experience with The Lord of the Rings franchise, and what they'd like to explore for Season 3. Kevin and Lauren also share their love of disembodied voices as Nicole reveals her revulsion towards it, and Kevin plays out the season with a heartwarming impromptu piano arrangement of The Lord of the Rings theme music. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know your thoughts on this season, and what we should explore for Season 3! Sources for this episode: Article on 4K re-release details Trivia from LOTR.Fandom.com Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 06, 2021
American Dad: Return of the Bling (w/ Rachael MacFarlane)
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Lauren and Nicole are joined by the voice of Hayley Smith herself, Rachael MacFarlane, to discuss the American Dad parody episode, Return of the Bling. Listen in as the they lament bad coronavirus jokes, take pleasure in finally understanding all these LOTR references, and scratch their heads at the absurdity of having to ask to use the bathroom in school. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Article on Ian McKellen's Vaccine Comments Trivia from AmericanDad.Fandom.com Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 31, 2020
Fan Theories (w/ Jake Hurwitz)
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Lauren and Nicole are joined by comedian, writer and actor Jake Hurwitz (If I Were You, Not Another D&D Podcast) to dig into some Lord of the Rings fan theories! All the most important questions are asked, and answers of varying credibility are provided... Why didn't they just fly the eagles to Mordor? Would it have been a terrible idea in the first place? Is LOTR just WW1 + magic? And who exactly is this mysterious Tom Bombadil character? Is he Tolkien? Is he YOU?? Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Article on Dungeons and Dragons Movie Original Eagles theory by VulcanDeathGrip An article summarizing the Eagles theory Film Theory video on why you SHOULDN'T fly to Mordor Video on Gollum's Identity All about Tom Bombadil Article by Tolkien's grandson on LOTR/WW1 similarities Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 22, 2020
LOTR meets DnD (w/ Brennan Lee Mulligan)
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Lauren and Nicole go on their very first Dungeons and Dragons campaign, Lord of the Rings style! Joined by Dungeon Master Brennan Lee Mulligan (CollegeHumor’s Dimension 20 series), Darkwin the Elf and Samwise Parkington the Hobbit are on a quest to meet with their good friend Gandy, but not without running into some trouble along the way... Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 15, 2020
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (w/ Troy Baker)
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Lauren and Nicole are back to discuss the popular 2014 video game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, with the voice actor of the hero Talion himself, Troy Baker! Troy takes Lauren and Nicole on a deep behind-the-scenes look into the production of this runaway hit game, offering insight into the bizarre sensations of filming on a performance capture stage, the tightrope walk of carefully (and legally) expanding the lore of The Lord of the Rings franchise, and much more. Along the way, the fellow actors reflect on what life's been like working in entertainment during the pandemic, Troy's short-lived but intense experience doing stand up comedy, and an anecdote on dedication involving an actor giving a role-winning audition in the middle of a movie theater lobby! Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Movie version of Shadow of Mordor Article on the new Tolkien book Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 08, 2020
Memes and Parodies Pt. 2 (w/ Jessica McKenna)
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Lauren and Nicole are joined by actress and comedian Jessica McKenna (Off Book: The Improvised Musical) for some more Lord of the Rings memes and parodies! The three take a peek at Aragorn's text messages, compare Saruman to a shampoo bottle, and watch Orlando Bloom himself imitate a popular song entirely based around a single Legolas line from the films. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: The voting is over. It's done. Warner Bros. padding out the Hobbit films Are you on your phone while Théoden mourns? Saruman the shampoo bottle Aragorn's DMs Trilogy Recap Rap They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard "Hobbits to Isengard" but it's Orlando Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 24, 2020
LOTR Fanfiction Pt. 2 (w/ Molly Ostertag)
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It's about that time again! In Part 2 of Lord of the Rings fanfiction, Lauren and Nicole are joined by graphic novelist and writer, Molly Ostertag, to get weird, goofy, creepy, and super cute with a fresh batch of fics. This round of fanfics truly runs the gamut of genres and moods. From the antics of Peepee the small stupid hobbit, to Lady Gollum's pursuit of rings and love, to (of course) some Sam and Frodo slash, there's sure to be a little something for everyone here. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: The LOTR-themed military spy satellite Fan Fics: The Very Secret Diary of Gandalf the Grey The Mellon Chronicles Excerpt A Royal Wedding Night Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 17, 2020
The Hunt for Gollum (w/ Eva Anderson)
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Now that they're out of the woods of the challenging and bizarre Lord of the Rings animation trilogy, Lauren and Nicole suddenly find themselves... in more woods. Fan-made woods, that is! Joined by writer Eva Anderson (Comedy Bang! Bang!, You're The Worst), the three take a detour into the popular 2009 Lord of the Rings fan film, The Hunt for Gollum. Eva holds nothing back as she tells the tale of her break in at a magical, now defunct place known as Hobbiton, USA, and even reveals a certain precious someone she has tattooed on her. The three ponder what film and TV universes they would make their own fan films about, Nicole dishes out a hot take comparing fan-made Arwen with the Peter Jackson version, and Lauren just wants to get to the bottom of who is in the bag when Gollum is captured and wriggling around in it. "Internet, tell us who's in that bag!" Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Watch The Hunt For Gollum here Sean Connery could have been Gandalf Article about Hobbiton, USA Witness the Gollum diorama in Hobbiton Trivia from IMDb Trivia from Fandom.com Trivia from Wikipedia Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 10, 2020
The Return of the King - 1980 animated version (w/ Miel Bredouw)
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The third and final pillar of the Lord of the Rings "animation trilogy" has been vanquished by Lauren and Nicole, with the aid of fellow Headgum podcaster, comedian and musician Miel Bredouw(Punch Up the Jam, Camp Unplug). The trio dive deep into this 1980 musical television film version of The Return of the King and decry the ugliness of all the characters (except Éowyn, who is super hot), note the ableism against Frodo masked under an awful folk tune, and ponder what it is about this franchise that keeps fans returning to these films time and time again. Okay, maybe not returning to this one specifically, but, yeah... Also, it finally happened, Lauren tells us how she recently dropped her first Lord of the Rings reference in real life! Are you happy now? She's very upset about this. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: The Gollum fish Trivia from IMDb Trivia from TvTropes.org Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 03, 2020
The Lord of the Rings - 1978 animated version (w/ Michelle Collins)
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Trudging ever onward through the deep cuts of the LOTR franchise, Lauren and Nicole bring along comedian and talk show host Michelle Collins (The Michelle Collins Show, Midnight Snack with Michelle Collins) to experience and help piece together the trippy and sometimes terrifying Ralph Bakshi animated film from 1978, simply known as TheLord of the Rings. The three begin on common ground, airing out their mixed opinions about this film and fawning over Gandy and how much of his, um, Gandy-ness could fill his wizard cap. But then a tussle breaks out as Nicole throws more shade on Gollum, and Michelle comes to his aid! In the end, they all put aside their differences and try to decipher where Peter Jackson is from. He's Australian, right? Or... British or something? Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Sean Astin announces 4K HD release of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies Mick Jagger seriously wanted to play Frodo More news on the nudity/sex rumors in the Amazon series Trivia from Fandom.com Trivia from MovieMistakes Trivia from ScreenRant Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 27, 2020
The Hobbit - 1977 animated version (w/ Oscar Montoya)
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Actor and comedian Oscar Montoya (Spanish Aqui Presents, Inside The Disney Vault) joins Lauren and Nicole to begin the hosts' first foray into the world of animated Lord of the Rings content, starting with the American musical television special from 1977, The Hobbit. Oscar brings his obsession for animation along with him to explain his love for this movie, draw comparisons between this film's style with Disney's, and whether he thinks this story warrants more than the 77 minutes this animated version of The Hobbit offers (looking at you, 9 hour live-action versions...). The three break down the differences between this version and the Peter Jackson trilogy, and suss out which one comes out on top! Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Article on Amazon series nudity rumors Trivia from IMDb Trivia from Fandom.com Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 20, 2020
Tolkien (w/ Mike Castle)
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Welp, we were sort of wrong to think there would be a lot of insights into the world of The Lord of the Rings in store for us with the 2019 biopic, Tolkien. But though it was a dry well to draw from, Lauren and Nicole still managed to enjoy some thought-provoking conversations with actor and writer Mike Castle (Brews Brothers, Clipped) around the concepts of separating the art from the artist, whether spoilers for a story are a good or bad thing, and the glamorization and embellishments that biopics often indulge in. The trio even display their most pretentious voices possible to set the record straight on this film with some snooty fact-checking! Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Miniature Hobbiton Display Fact Check article 1 Fact Check article 2 Trivia from IMDb Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 13, 2020
Memes, Parodies, and More (w/ Paul Scheer)
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After finishing both Peter Jackson trilogies, Lauren and Nicole are ready to decompress, have a laugh, and perhaps even learn a thing or two in this episode of Newcomers all about the memes, parodies, and other bits and bobs that have cropped up over the years surrounding the Lord of the Rings franchise. Joined by actor, comedian and podcaster Paul Scheer (The League, Black Monday, How Did This Get Made?), the three will navigate all sorts of hilarity, ranging from comparisons between Gandalf and Betty White, to oddly relevant and topical jabs at peoples' responses to COVID-19. Later, Paul will introduce Lauren and Nicole to the deepest of deep cuts: rare footage of another well-known pointy-eared hero of pop culture singing a ballad for our dear Biblo, er... Diplo, er... Bilbo Baggins! Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Amazon's Lord of the Rings production article Betty White and the Balrog Normal People vs. People with COVID-19 Let Boromir borrow it Some form of Selfish Denethor and the Tomato A Simple Walk Into Mordor Veggietales - Lord of the Beans "Frodo, Don't Wear the Ring" "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 06, 2020
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (w/ Zach Reino)
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Actor, writer and podcaster Zach Reino (A.P. Bio, Off Book: The Improvised Musical) joins Lauren and Nicole to close out the rollercoaster that has been the Hobbit trilogy with a deep dive into The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. With Zach's musical prowess, the three work together to devise the greatest LOTR musical ever, with one idea just being Bilbo asking/singing for his stuff back from his neighbors the whole time. They also do their actual very best to decipher who all five of the armies are, and to comprehend how Benedict Cumberbatch could have possibly provided a motion capture performance for a gigantic dragon. Stick around to find out if Lauren regrets her fulfilled wish of some dwarves being killed off! Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: GameRant article on the Gollum video game Benedict Cumberbatch's MoCap session as Smaug Trivia from MovieMistakes.com Trivia from IMDb Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 29, 2020
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug w/ (Karen Han)
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Moving on to what the trio will summarize as "The Dead Man's Chest of The Hobbit series", Lauren and Nicole are joined by writer and entertainment reporter Karen Han to shake off the liquid gold and hash out what they just experienced in the second installment of The Hobbit series, The Desolation of Smaug. The three note the dramatically different portrayals of violence between the first and second movie, consider if a romantic interest's DISinterest in your favorite movies is ever a dealbreaker, and confess their struggle to feel invested in any of these characters unless they look like celebrities they know, or are Bilbo, sometimes. Kind of. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Amazon TV series news article by Radio Times Trivia from Warped Factor Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 22, 2020
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (w/ Jon Braylock)
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Moving on from the acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy and buckling in for an all new (and again, very long) adventure, Lauren and Nicole are joined by comedian/writer/actor Jon Braylock(Astronomy Club, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) to begin The Hobbit prequel trilogy, starting with An Unexpected Journey. The three ponder how on earth Peter Jackson was able to stretch out a short children's book into the three-pronged behemoth the film adaptations became, while also learning that it was an absolute nightmare to create. We also learn about Lauren's early history with The Hobbit, where as a child she performed, as she describes, "as one of those three disgusting, naked things" in one of her first ever plays. Later on, we hear why Nicole thinks Sauron and Saruman should be called Carl and Gary instead. Hopelessly mixed emotions abound with this first installment of The Hobbit trilogy! Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Article on The Hobbit's production chaos Trivia from IMDb Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 15, 2020
The Lord of the Rings Fanfiction (w/ Preeti Chhibber)
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Having just finished their first watch through of the acclaimed Peter Jackson trilogy, Lauren and Nicole are joined this week by author, speaker and writer, Preeti Chhibber, to spend some time exploring the world of The Lord of the Rings fanfiction. The trio navigate stories of varying excitement and severity, discovering their limits in both directions, from too tame to WAY too much. And, of course, they've written a few stories of their own. It's time to make things weird all over again with this new franchise! You knew this was coming... Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Orlando Bloom interview Preeti's article on (and picture of) Sidharth Malhotra, Indian Elf Fan Fics: The Steward's Sons A Little Care My Birthday Present Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 08, 2020
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (w/ Gaby Paiella and Callie Beusman)
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Lauren and Nicole are joined by writers and LOTR fanatics Gaby Paiella(GQ) and Callie Beusman(The Cut) to close out the final installment of the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy, TheReturn of the King. The four of them venture fearlessly into topics of conversation such as who in the Fellowship has Big Dick Energy, why Callie thinks the Director's Cut is the only way to go (it has a lot to do with a particularly goofy-looking orc), the continued dissection of how the film creates such extreme illusions of size and proportion in characters, pondering why this franchise gets such universal acclaim versus all the backlash Star Wars constantly receives, and also, "Who the f*** is the Witch King!?" Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: "Which Lord of the Rings Characters Have Big Dick Energy?" article Gaby's article on Vanessa Hudgens' Lord of the Rings themed birthday party Trivia from IMDB Trivia from MovieMistakes.com Trivia from Mental Floss Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 01, 2020
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (w/ Mary Holland)
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Helping Nicole and Lauren make sense of and, dare we say, enjoy, Peter Jackson's second installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers, is Mary Holland (Comedy Central's Robbie / Jedi Temple Challenge). Listen in as they hash out points of varying importance such as how flawless Gandalf the White's new hair is, the finer details of Elven love and aging, the baffling games the films play on our perception of characters' sizes, and Mary's command of the Elvish language. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Trivia from Screen Rant Trivia from Mental Floss Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 25, 2020
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (w/ Jon Gabrus)
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Nicole and Lauren embark on their epic journey across Middle-earth, discussing the first installment of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. Your hosts can't do it alone, though. Jon Gabrus (The High & Mighty, The Action Boyz) returns to the pod to guide his friends through the first steps of their quest. And if you thought the #1 fuccboi nerded-out hard with Star Wars, you've heard nothing yet. Nothing. Sure, they discuss the plot, but that's secondary to the important stuff: Who in the Fellowship is a daddy? What are they smoking in those pipes? Why do the wizards have a breakdance fight? What are any of these characters' names? Why is everyone white? Where the hell is Gollum? Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and let us know what LOTR media you'd like the series to cover. Sources for this episode: Fellowship of the Ring Trivia from IMDB Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 18, 2020
Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus are watching Lord of the Rings! (Trailer)
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Nicole and Lauren are back at it again with experiencing more critical pop culture for the first time. In season 2 of Newcomers, they'll be taking on The Lord of the Rings, starting with the Peter Jackson trilogy! Joined by their own fellowship of LOTR fans, ranging from fellow comedians to creators involved in the franchise, Nicole and Lauren will be in good company, being guided both safely and absurdly through their new journey to Middle-Earth. Subscribe today and catch the first episode of the new season, launching 8/18! Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 14, 2020
Spaceballs (w/ Mary Holland and Ahmed Best)
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To celebrate our Star Wars finale, we're joined by Ahmed Best (voice of Jar Jar Binks) and Mary Holland (voice of AD-3 droid) to talk about your top movie suggestion - the 1987 Mel Brooks satire film Spaceballs. Mary and Ahmed also discuss what it's like hosting the new children's Star Wars game show series, Jedi Temple Challenge. Plus, Ahmed shares the incredible audition process behind Jar Jar, how it caused a rift between him and Michael Jackson, and what it's like working with George Lucas. Sources for this episode: Bob It! Baby Yoda Spaceballs Trivia from IMDB Also, we announce what we're covering for season two! So stay subscribed to this same feed, we'll have new episodes releasing later this summer. Thanks for listening! Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 30, 2020
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (w/ Preeti Chhibber)
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Star Wars author Preeti Chhibber (The Clone Wars Anthology, A Jedi You Will Be) joins Nicole and Lauren to break down the critically acclaimed series finale to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Have Nicole and Lauren been gaslit into liking Star Wars? Is baby Yoda not who we thought he was? Plus more Hoth Goss about 90 Day Fiancé, Disneyland reopening, and how to become a writer for Disney. Looking to watch before listening? Here are the episodes we cover: S1E19 - Storm Over Ryloth S5E20 - The Wrong Jedi S7E9 - Old Friends Not Forgotten  S7E10 - The Phantom Apprentice S7E11 - Shattered  S7E12 - Victory and Death Media mentioned in this episode: Stormtroopers enforcing social distancing at Disney Springs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cCmJX7fOmU Preeti's Baby Yoda celebrating May the 4th https://twitter.com/runwithskizzers/status/1257308111263522816 George Lucas watching Ewan Mcgregor get a haircut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFvTkUOo1uI The Clone Wars MOCAP fight sequence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzYyJa2Upas Beat Saber gameplay https://twitter.com/MarsMel/status/1271951033678389248 We'll be back in two weeks for our Star Wars season finale. Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 16, 2020
Ewok Adventures (w/ Joel Kim Booster)
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Have Lauren and Nicole changed their tune on Ewoks? Comedian and Star Wars superfan Joel Kim Booster (Sunnyside, Singled Out) joins us to break down the 2 Ewok movies from the 80's: 'Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure' and 'Ewoks: The Battle for Endor'. Next episode, we watch the series premiere and 4-part finale of The Clone Wars. Please donate to organizations fighting against racism and police brutality. Click here to donate. Sources this episode: Ewok Adventures Trivia The Battle for Endor Trivia Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 03, 2020
Black Lives Matter
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We stand together with the Black community and against racism, bigotry, and violence. Today, Headgum is taking part in “Black Out Tuesday”, to show solidarity and use our platform to fight against racial inequality. What can you do on Tuesday, June 2, 2020? Be an ally and engage in anti-racism. Here are some resources. Help the family of George Floyd HERE. Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE. Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE. Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE. Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause. Want to connect with leaders building grass roots campaigns? Click HERE. EDIT: Headgum has matched $10,000! Please continue to donate in support of organizations fighting against racism and police brutality. Here's where you can donate. We’ll be back tomorrow covering the 2 Ewok movies from the 80’s with Joel Kim Booster. It’s great. But until then, the show must be paused.  #BlackLivesMatter #TheShowMustBePaused See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 02, 2020
The Mandalorian (w/ Griffin Newman & David Sims)
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It's Baby Yoda time! Co-hosts of Blank Check, Griffin Newman (actor/comedian, The Tick) and David Sims (Film critic, writer for The Atlantic) join us to tackle episodes 1-3 of The Mandalorian series on Disney+. They break down how Disney avoided Baby Yoda spoilers, explain the 2-person puppetry behind it, and share their overall LOVE for The Child. They maybe even convinced Nicole and Lauren to keep watching? Plus a bonus POST ROLL: Talking about Amanda Bynes' thirst, Drake's purse collection, and our wikiFeet ratings. Links for this episode Baby Yoda Moms Tweet (since deleted) Griffin Newman's Watto Costume Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 19, 2020
Star Wars Day & Star Wars Toys! (w/ Connor Ratliff)
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May the 4th be with you! Okay, we're a day late but we still want to celebrate. To retrospect the Skywalker Saga and break down the significance of Star Wars Day, George Lucas impersonator Connor Ratliff (from The George Lucas Talk Show, & the Dead Eyes podcast) joins us! Connor explains why the movies are great but don't make sense, gives insightful advice how everyone can enjoy the series, and pop quizzes the girls on their newfound Star Wars knowledge. Later, we explore the Star Wars media even bigger than the films.... the toys! We talk about how Star Wars toys revolutionized the toy industry, the 'holy grail' of Star Wars toys, and the drama associated with licensing them. Plus, the girls are really, really, excited that Oprah Magazine named Newcomers one of their top 25 comedy podcasts to binge, so expect a lot of hot Oprah talk. Check out Connor's Headgum podcast Dead Eyes - where he investigates why Tom Hanks fired him from a small role in Band of Brothers. Stick around for the post-roll for a clip of Nicole being quizzed about Star Wars on The George Lucas Talk Show from 2015. We're off next week - see you the following Tuesday! Sources for this episode: The Toys That Made Us - Star Wars Vintage Kenner Star Wars Toys Commercials R2-D2 Abilities Star Wars Merch Revenue History of Star Wars Toys Jar Jar Binks Lollipop Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 05, 2020
Star Wars: Ep. IX - The Rise of Skywalker (w/ Matt Gourley)
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It's the final film of the Star Wars saga! Matt Gourley (Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, Superego) joins us to answer our questions about the highly divisive Rise of Skywalker film. Who did Palpatine sleep with? Why is it dangerous for a droid to speak Sith? Will this really be the last film? Plus, Matt also explains all the cool puppeteering used in the film, the hot multiple romances going on, and so much more! Check out Matt Gourley new podcast - Bonanas for Bonanza with Andy Daly and Maria Banford. And finally, May the 4th be with you! Next week is Star Wars week and we want to celebrate everything around the franchise. Let us know what you'd like us to cover in your review for the show. Sources for this episode: Rise of Skywalker Plot MovieMistakes (Trivia) Rise of Skywalker IMDB (Trivia) RogerEbert.com Review The Guardian Review Advertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 28, 2020
More Star Wars Fanfiction (w/ Betsy Sodaro)
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After popular demand, we're back reading all new Star Wars fanfiction! Comedian & writer Betsy Sodaro (host of A Funny Feeling, voice on Duncanville) joins us to read our new original stories, and a few fanfic from the web. Warning, this episode is very, very NSFW. Listen to our first fanfiction episode here. Fan Fictions If It Weren’t for the Falcon by reylolove44 Star Wars: The Deceived by Darth Vicium Next week - we complete the sequel trilogy with Rise of Skywalker. Sponsor: Care/Of: Get 50% off your first order at TakeCareoOf.com and enter code newcomers50. Manscaped: Get 20% off and free shipping with the code NEWCOMERS at Manscaped.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 21, 2020
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (w/ Mano Agapion)
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Who's cashing the check for these CGI'd actors? Can they just screenshot a hologram? Why is the Star Wars timeline so convoluted?? We've got questions after watching Rogue One, the first Star Wars spin-off film. Nicole's podcasting co-host Mano Agapion (host of Drag Her, We Love Trash) joins us to answer all of our burning questions! Plus, Lauren finds a meditative use in the Force, and Nicole's losing track between the white woman of Star Wars. Like Newcomers? Enter the 5-Star Wars by leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform. Let us know ideas for your dream Star Wars fan fiction! Sponsor: Manscaped: Get 20% off and free shipping with the code NEWCOMERS at Manscaped.com Sources for this episode: Rogue One Film Summary Trivia RogerEbert.com Review See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 14, 2020
Solo: A Star Wars Story (w/ Shaun Diston)
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Is this the Star Wars love story we've been waiting for? Did Lando fuck his droid? What the heck is a parsec?Today, self-proclaimed "Human version of Jar Jar Binks" Shaun Diston (Wrecked, George Lucas Talk Show) joins us to break down the 2018 Han Solo spin-off film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. He explains what lead Disney to fire the 2 original directors months into filming, all the sneaky little details in the film, and the importance of "Who shot first?" for Star Wars fans. Stay inside, everybody! Like this show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform. Let us know what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover on a future episode. Sponsor: Manscape: Get 20% off and free shipping with the code NEWCOMERS at Manscaped.com Sources for this episode Solo Film Summary Solo IMDB Trivia Solo Movie Mistakes The Guardian Review CNET Review See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 07, 2020
Star Wars: Ep. VIII - The Last Jedi (w/ Demi Adejuyigbe)
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Comedian & Star Wars dork Demi Adejuyigbe (The Late Late Show with James Corden, Punch Up The Jam) joins us for the highly anticipated Star Wars episode, The Last Jedi. We talk about all the new cute alien species, secret guest stars, and overall wild horniness of the film. Plus, Demi pitches his BB-8 spinoff movie idea, and dispenses us with so much Star Wars trivia! Stay safe, and stay at home everybody! Sponsor: Helix Sleep: Get up to $200 dollars off all mattress orders and two free pillows at helixsleep.com/newcomers. Sources for this episode: The Last Jedi Film Summary The Last Jedi Trivia Forbes Review The Daily Beast Review The Guardian Review See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 31, 2020
Star Wars: Ep. VII - The Force Awakens (w/ Paul F. Tompkins)
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We are in quarantine, but that won't stop us from podcasting! Paul F. Tompkins (Threedom, The Neighborhood Listen) joins us remotely to break down the first installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. We discuss the Kylo Ren backstory we wanted to see, all of the hot Star Wars daddies, and play Fuck, Marry, Kill with the Chewbacca family. Plus, Paul shares his experience meeting Harrison Ford, and we all talk about how self isolation is driving us crazy. Watch our reactions to The Force Awakens movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH1ZF0mhRrk Sponsor: EveryPlate - Get 3 weeks of meals for only $2.99 per meal by going to EveryPlate.com and entering code newcomers3. Sources for this episode: The Force Awakens IMDB The Force Awakens Metacritic The Hollywood Reporter Review The Guardian Review Roger Ebert Review See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2020
Star Wars Ep. III - Revenge of the Sith (w/ Andy Daly)
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Comedian and Star Wars fan Andy Daly (Veep, Big Mouth, Review) joins us to break down the final film of the prequel series: Revenge of the Sith. Andy shares his experience growing up as an obsessed fan, how George Lucas would segregate Star Wars superfans, and the logistical problems with the prequel's technology. Plus, Lauren's starting to love the Jedi way, Nicole cracks the Skywalker family lineage, and they both offer their punched up version of the prequels. Order the complete Review series on DVD here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084Z4JQF4/ Like this show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform. Let us know what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover on a future episode. Sources for this episode: Revenge of the Sith IMDB Revenge of the Sith Wookieepedia Revenge of the Sith Movie Mistakes See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 17, 2020
The Star Wars Holiday Special (w/ Oscar Montoya)
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This holiday special is so terrible that once it aired, George Lucas made sure it could never broadcast again. On this episode of Newcomers, we take a quick break from finishing the prequel series to review the absolute fever dream that is the Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. This film has it all- a sci-fi drag queen, hypnotic Wookiee porn, fascist themes, and queer canon?! Oscar Montoya (host of Spanish Aqui Presents, Inside the Disney Vault, & voice on Fox's Inside The Heart) joins us to break it all down. Plus, we listen to the song "What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)" from the Star Wars Christmas Album, "Christmas in the Stars". Watch the Star Wars Holiday Special here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hH8rxarVG8 Like this show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform. Let us know what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover on a future episode. Sources for this episode: The Star Wars Holiday Special Wookieepedia IMDB - Holiday Special Trivia CNET Review Reelviews Review What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 10, 2020
Star Wars Ep. II - Attack of the Clones (w/ Mike Mitchell)
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Oh boy, this film was so bad that Nicole and Lauren are regretting doing this podcast. Mike Mitchell (Love, Doughboys podcast) joins us in an attempt to defend what is universally considered the worst prequel in Star Wars. They discuss the odd dialogue, lack of Jar Jar Binks, and questionable romance subplot. Plus, the girls fantasize about 69-ing the sexy Kaminoan alien race, Mike shares some pornographic Star Wars images, and breaks down how Star Wars fans are so divided. Check out Mike Mitchell's other Headgum podcast, Doughboys. Sources for this episode: Jar Jar Binks on set photo Movie Mistakes Attack of the Clones trivia Attack of the Clones IMDB Attack of the Clones Wookieepedia Roger Ebert Review Rolling Stone Review See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 03, 2020
Star Wars Ep. I - The Phantom Menace (w/ Nick Wiger)
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In a shocking turn of events, Nicole and Lauren are now Star Wars heads? Phantom Menace stan Nick Wiger (Doughboys, How Did This Get Played) joins them to recounts the historical hype for Ep. I, Liam Neeson's rumored huge dick, lightsaber continuity between trilogies, and their love/hate for the new CG look of the series. Plus, the girls rank the all Star Wars films they've seen so far. Be sure to check out Nick's other Headgum podcast - Doughboys. Like this show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and write in the review what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover. Sources for this episode: The Phantom Menace Wookieepedia Roger Ebert Review Rolling Stone Review The Phantom Menace Production Facts See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 25, 2020
Star Wars Fanfiction (w/ Madeline Walter)
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Warning: this episode is very, very NSFW. Nicole and Lauren are joined by writer/improviser Madeline Walter (UCB, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) to discuss fanfiction, read some hot Star Wars stories, and share their own original fanfic writings. They also discuss Freddie Prinze Jr's recent public Star Wars rant, the popularity of sneaking sexuality in kids media, and the burning question - Can you use the Force to make someone cum? Next week, we review Star Wars Ep. I - The Phantom Menace. Sources For This Episode: BookRiot - History of Fan fiction C3PO Trading Card With the "giant dick" Freddie Prinze Jr. Star Wars Rant Fan Fiction: He's My Brother by NotebookishType Distractor by Merfilly The First by guineapiggie Music Used: "Dream of You" from purple-planet.com “Somber Solitude" by Jordan Winslow jordanwinslow.me "Touch" Piano solo by Mattia Cupelli See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 18, 2020
Star Wars Ep. VI - Return of the Jedi (w/ Emily Yoshida)
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Ok, Nicole and Lauren are fully ON BOARD! They loved this film and can't wait to get into it. Film critic/writer Emily Yoshida (Vulture, AVClub, The Verge, & host of the Night Call podcast) joins them to discuss their love for Ewoks, Carrie Fisher's visible coke nail, and all the surprising deaths in this film. Plus, the girls start writing ideas for their own Star Wars fan fiction. Emily Yoshida's Star Wars articles: All the CGI Characters in the Star Wars Prequels, Ranked From Tolerable to Inexcusable Why Rogue One Gets the “Dark Reboot” Right The Star Wars Holiday Special Sources for this episode: Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi Wookieepedia Roger Ebert review New York Times review See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 11, 2020
Star Wars Ep. V - The Empire Strikes Back (w/ Jon Gabrus)
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Does Vader's army know his face looks like a chewed up piece of gum? Why is Chewie always so stressed out? And, is this the best the series is going to get? The girls have questions, and Star Wars fan and #1 fuccboi Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, ActionBoyz podcast) is here to answer. They also the discuss the best practical effects and worst special effects, the lack of romance, and and the rise of Lucas's production empire. While the girls warm up to the series, Gabrus has a few words for the angry Star Wars fans listening. Be sure to check out Gabrus's other HeadGum podcast - High & Mighty. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and write in the review what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover. Sources for this episode: The Empire Strikes Back Wookieepedia The New York Times review from 1980 The Origin of Darth Vader: The Voice See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 04, 2020
Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope Watch-Along with Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus
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This is a bonus episode with live reactions and commentary as Lauren and Nicole watch Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope for the very first time. You can sync up the film on Disney+ with us to watch along in real-time! If you'd like to skip to the film discussion, check out the first official episode where we sit down with John Gemberling (Big Mouth, Broad City) to breakdown what we just watched. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 28, 2020
Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope (w/ John Gemberling)
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Oh boy. Lauren and Nicole have just watched their first Star Wars, and they have questions. Like, what's the devil doing in the Cantina? Is Chewbacca a pet? What was the motivation behind the alien in the trash compactor? Comedian and Star Wars fan John Gemberling (Big Mouth, Broad City) joins us to answer cultural importance of the original Star Wars series, the lore, characters, and convince the girls to keep on watching. Want to watch Star Wars Ep. IV in realtime with Nicole and Lauren? Check out our bonus watch-a-long episode where you can sync up the film and hear their reactions. Like the show? Rate Newcomers 5-Stars on Apple Podcasts and write in the review what Star Wars media you'd like us to cover. Sources for this episode: Star Wars Wookieepedia Original Reviews from 1977 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 28, 2020
Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus are Watching Star Wars! (Trailer)
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Nicole and Lauren have never seen a Star Wars. In this new series, they will watch each series in theatrical order, and will be joined by comedian Star Wars fans to fill them in on 42 years of missed pop culture. In the trailer, they discuss why they never got into the series, what life has been like never having seen Star Wars, and have a realization that Star Wars is quite similar 90 Day Fiancé. Subscribe today and catch the first episode, launching 1/28! Series theme song by TOMI. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 10, 2020