Newcomers: Star Wars, with Lauren Lapkus & Nicole Byer

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 Mar 15, 2020

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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.


Episode Date
Solo: A Star Wars Story (w/ Shaun Diston)
01:01:10

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!

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Sources for this episode

Solo Film Summary

Solo IMDB Trivia

Solo Movie Mistakes

The Guardian Review

CNET Review

Apr 07, 2020
Star Wars: Ep. VIII - The Last Jedi (w/ Demi Adejuyigbe)
00:48:52

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!

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Sources for this episode:

The Last Jedi Film Summary

The Last Jedi Trivia

Forbes Review

The Daily Beast Review

The Guardian Review

Mar 31, 2020
Star Wars: Ep. VII - The Force Awakens (w/ Paul F. Tompkins)
01:02:22

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

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Sources for this episode:

The Force Awakens IMDB

The Force Awakens Metacritic

The Hollywood Reporter Review

The Guardian Review

Roger Ebert Review

Mar 23, 2020
Star Wars Ep. III - Revenge of the Sith (w/ Andy Daly)
01:10:11

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

Mar 17, 2020
The Star Wars Holiday Special (w/ Oscar Montoya)
01:04:18

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?)


Mar 10, 2020
Star Wars Ep. II - Attack of the Clones (w/ Mike Mitchell)
01:10:44

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

Mar 03, 2020
Star Wars Ep. I - The Phantom Menace (w/ Nick Wiger)
00:56:01

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

Feb 25, 2020
Star Wars Fanfiction (w/ Madeline Walter)
01:02:33

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

Feb 18, 2020
Star Wars Ep. VI - Return of the Jedi (w/ Emily Yoshida)
00:54:32

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

Feb 11, 2020
Star Wars Ep. V - The Empire Strikes Back (w/ Jon Gabrus)
01:01:27

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


Feb 04, 2020
Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope Watch-Along with Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus
02:07:04

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.


Jan 28, 2020
Star Wars Ep. IV - A New Hope (w/ John Gemberling)
01:03:23

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



Jan 28, 2020
Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus are Watching Star Wars! (Trailer)
00:05:43

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.

Jan 10, 2020