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Newcomers: Star Wars, with Lauren Lapkus & Nicole Byer

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Sometimes we miss things. For Nicole Byer & Lauren Lapkus, those things are all the Star Wars movies. In the first season of Newcomers, they’ll get to know the franchise–watching the movies and exploring the *culture*–discussing with super-fans as they go.

13 Episodes
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.comSources for this episodeSolo Film SummarySolo IMDB TriviaSolo Movie MistakesThe Guardian ReviewCNET Review
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 for this episode:The Last Jedi Film SummaryThe Last Jedi TriviaForbes ReviewThe Daily Beast ReviewThe Guardian Review
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: - Get 3 weeks of meals for only $2.99 per meal by going to and entering code newcomers3.Sources for this episode:The Force Awakens IMDBThe Force Awakens MetacriticThe Hollywood Reporter ReviewThe Guardian ReviewRoger Ebert Review
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: 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 IMDBRevenge of the Sith WookieepediaRevenge of the Sith Movie Mistakes
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: 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 WookieepediaIMDB - Holiday Special TriviaCNET ReviewReelviews ReviewWhat Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)
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 photoMovie Mistakes Attack of the Clones triviaAttack of the Clones IMDBAttack of the Clones WookieepediaRoger Ebert ReviewRolling Stone Review
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 WookieepediaRoger Ebert ReviewRolling Stone ReviewThe Phantom Menace Production Facts
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 fictionC3PO Trading Card With the "giant dick"Freddie Prinze Jr. Star Wars RantFan Fiction:He's My Brother by NotebookishTypeDistractor by MerfillyThe First by guineapiggieMusic Used:"Dream of You" from“Somber Solitude" by Jordan Winslow"Touch" Piano solo by Mattia Cupelli
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 InexcusableWhy Rogue One Gets the “Dark Reboot” RightThe Star Wars Holiday SpecialSources for this episode:Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi WookieepediaRoger Ebert reviewNew York Times review
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 WookieepediaThe New York Times review from 1980The Origin of Darth Vader: The Voice
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.
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 WookieepediaOriginal Reviews from 1977
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.
Comments (8)

Steven Brixey

Awesome show, thank you for doing this. I think you guys would really love to see how the fight between Darth Vader and Obi Wan should have gone. I am obsessed with this video. I hope to hear what you think.

Mar 26th

joseph neth

Skeet Ulrich has been on Riverdale for however long that's been on for. what he was doing inbetween scream to Riverdale I have no idea. love your podcast

Mar 24th

Petronella Wiekatz

Have to stop listening while I am out. I have to laughe so hard people are staring 😂

Mar 10th

Authentictalks WithShanta

I like it!!

Feb 5th

Luis Gutierrez

I died at Lauren calling the jawas, druids and saying "I should stop calling the droids(jawas) druids or they'll be mad at me lol and nicole wanting to fuck chewy.

Jan 28th

Eric Laurain

I like Lauren and Nicole. I do. I don't know if this podcast is going to work, though. I get the premise, but it's going to be tough making an entertaining podcast out of being alternatively dismissive or proudly ignorant of something a pretty decent majority of the people who are listening enjoy. It's obviously completely fine to feel however anyone feels about any cultural touchstone... it's just a bit of a rough go for the people who feel generally positively about it to have a podcast whose unavoidable subtext is "This is stupid and a waste of our time".

Jan 28th
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