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Newcomers: Tyler Perry, with Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer

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Sometimes we miss things. Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus have been putting themselves through it, catching up on the series that, up until now, they haven't found the time for. In Season 1, Nicole and Lauren got a crash course in Star Wars. Season 2, they toiled their way through The Lord of the Rings. Now, they're on to Tyler Perry's movies, TV shows, and maybe (just maybe) his plays. Join Nicole and Lauren as they get to know the ins and outs of his iconic body of work.

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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 PodcastsAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 PodcastsAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 detailsTrivia from LOTR.Fandom.comAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 CommentsTrivia from AmericanDad.Fandom.comAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 MovieOriginal Eagles theory by VulcanDeathGripAn article summarizing the Eagles theoryFilm Theory video on why you SHOULDN'T fly to MordorVideo on Gollum's IdentityAll about Tom BombadilArticle by Tolkien's grandson on LOTR/WW1 similaritiesAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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
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 MordorArticle on the new Tolkien bookAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 filmsAre you on your phone while Théoden mourns?Saruman the shampoo bottleAragorn's DMsTrilogy Recap RapThey're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard"Hobbits to Isengard" but it's OrlandoAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 satelliteFan Fics:The Very Secret Diary of Gandalf the GreyThe Mellon Chronicles ExcerptA Royal Wedding NightAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 hereSean Connery could have been GandalfArticle about Hobbiton, USAWitness the Gollum diorama in HobbitonTrivia from IMDbTrivia from Fandom.comTrivia from WikipediaAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 fishTrivia from IMDbTrivia from TvTropes.orgAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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 The Lord 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 trilogiesMick Jagger seriously wanted to play FrodoMore news on the nudity/sex rumors in the Amazon seriesTrivia from Fandom.comTrivia from MovieMistakesTrivia from ScreenRantAdvertise on Newcomers via Gumball.fm
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Luis Gutierrez

why was sydnee so quiet?

Mar 25th
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Cisco Hughes

P. S. I know I'm late to the game. but, whatever. yo mama. LOL

Jan 18th
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Cisco Hughes

so, now you know how it feels when we are forced to watch rom-coms. LOL. traumatic, dramatic emotional movies , it has the same effect as this movie had on you. but, I'm on board. This is so funny.

Jan 18th
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Molly Rebecca

This show always cracks me up. I love the part when Brennan is talking about tables you use to roll for things like weather. Lauren and Nicole are asking if there is literaly a physical separate card table the dm pulls out (DJs!) and Brennan thinks they're asking something much deeper and less tangible and goes into a long detailed explanation about the finer points of the game in a totally different direction. Their question is never answered.

Dec 16th
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Molly Rebecca

As a Star Wars and LotR fan I really enjoy this (even if Lauren and Nicole clearly don't).

Dec 8th
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David Lapage Jr.

I'm not sure if they were just trying to be comedic or what but I feel like these two ladies we're not into this movie from the very beginning. they could have at least tried to give it a chance.

Oct 14th
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Itay Avi

ooph this is painful

Sep 28th
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T. Griffin

so wanted this to be better. boo

Sep 17th
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Starsprinkle

You are both sooooo funny!!! there's a deleted scene where andy serkis catches a fish in a stream while wearing the motion capture and it's HILARIOUS but I can't seem to find it on YouTube. it may only be on the deleted scenes.

Sep 3rd
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Mase d

These people are stupid.

Sep 2nd
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Luis Gutierrez

I don't think I'm going to be watching the movies along with this one I tried back in high school when they came out I even tried reading the books and I could not get past the goddamn Hobbit leaving the town it is so booooooooooring and also jjr Tolkien is a known racist so there's that...lol happy newcomers is back!

Aug 18th
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MG K

love this podcast! seeing Lauren and Nicole's journey from hate to love of this universe is so enjoyable and has me laughing every episode. keep it going!!

Jun 17th
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Jon Black

i don't see why the podcast is still going at this point. They can't even bothered to watch the material they are covering anymore. I've never seen a starwar myself, I only listen for the hosts, and they sound so over it that i am too.

Jun 16th
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Jillian

I was crying laughing at this! More Watch-Along episodes!!

Jun 14th
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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. https://youtu.be/to2SMng4u1k

Mar 26th
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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
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Petronella Wiekatz

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

Mar 10th
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Authentictalks 2.0

I like it!!

Feb 5th
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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
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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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