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Newcomers: The Lord of the Rings, with Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer

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Sometimes we miss things. For Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus, those things are most every deeply popular sci-fi or fantasy series out there. In Season 1, Nicole and Lauren got a crash course in Star Wars. For Season 2, they’re venturing into The Lord of the Rings. Join Nicole and Lauren as they get to know the ins and outs of elvish, hobbit feet, and some all powerful ring.

34 Episodes
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
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 rumorsTrivia from IMDbTrivia from Fandom.comAdvertise on Newcomers via
Tolkien (w/ Mike Castle)

Tolkien (w/ Mike Castle)


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 DisplayFact Check article 1Fact Check article 2Trivia from IMDbAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 articleBetty White and the BalrogNormal People vs. People with COVID-19Let Boromir borrow itSome form of SelfishDenethor and the TomatoA Simple Walk Into MordorVeggietales - Lord of the Beans"Frodo, Don't Wear the Ring""The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"Advertise on Newcomers via
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 gameBenedict Cumberbatch's MoCap session as SmaugTrivia from MovieMistakes.comTrivia from IMDbAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 TimesTrivia from Warped FactorAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 chaosTrivia from IMDbAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 interviewPreeti's article on (and picture of) Sidharth Malhotra, Indian ElfFan Fics:The Steward's SonsA Little CareMy Birthday PresentAdvertise on Newcomers via
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, The Return 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?" articleGaby's article on Vanessa Hudgens' Lord of the Rings themed birthday partyTrivia from IMDBTrivia from MovieMistakes.comTrivia from Mental FlossAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 RantTrivia from Mental FlossAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 IMDBAdvertise on Newcomers via
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
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 YodaSpaceballs Trivia from IMDBAlso, 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
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 RylothS5E20 - The Wrong JediS7E9 - Old Friends Not Forgotten S7E10 - The Phantom ApprenticeS7E11 - Shattered S7E12 - Victory and DeathMedia mentioned in this episode:Stormtroopers enforcing social distancing at Disney Springs's Baby Yoda celebrating May the 4th Lucas watching Ewan Mcgregor get a haircut Clone Wars MOCAP fight sequence Saber gameplay'll be back in two weeks for our Star Wars season finale.Advertise on Newcomers via
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 TriviaThe Battle for Endor TriviaAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 episodeBaby Yoda Moms Tweet (since deleted)Griffin Newman's Watto CostumeAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 WarsVintage Kenner Star Wars Toys CommercialsR2-D2 AbilitiesStar Wars Merch RevenueHistory of Star Wars ToysJar Jar Binks LollipopAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 PlotMovieMistakes (Trivia)Rise of Skywalker IMDB (Trivia) ReviewThe Guardian ReviewAdvertise on Newcomers via
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 FictionsIf It Weren’t for the Falcon by reylolove44Star Wars: The Deceived by Darth ViciumNext week - we complete the sequel trilogy with Rise of Skywalker.Sponsor:Care/Of: Get 50% off your first order at and enter code newcomers50.Manscaped: Get 20% off and free shipping with the code NEWCOMERS at
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.comSources for this episode:Rogue One Film Review
Comments (17)

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

Itay Avi

ooph this is painful

Sep 28th

T. Griffin

so wanted this to be better. boo

Sep 17th


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

Soman Benz

These people are stupid.

Sep 2nd

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 happy newcomers is back!

Aug 18th


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

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


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

Jun 14th

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 2.0

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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