Life is Short with Justin Long

Life is Short with Justin Long

Is it just me or is time flying by? How do we make the most out of our short time here on Earth? That’s what we’re here to find out. I’m Justin Long and I’ve been an actor for most of my life, so I’m used to getting inside the heads of the characters I play. But now that I’m getting older (I’m in my forties, yikes), I want to peek inside the heads of real people to learn how they find meaning in life. I’m also very curious what their favorite snack food is, and what emoji they use most often — ya know, the REALLY important stuff. Every episode I’ll get personal with all kinds of people, from actors to musicians to deep thinkers who fascinate me. My brother Christian is on hand each episode to keep me honest, and occasionally remind me about some of the embarrassing things I’ve done over the years. Join us, or if you have more important things to do, that’s okay too — life is short! Listen ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

Episodes

February 20, 2024 79 mins

Steve Aoki (HiROQUEST 2: Double Helix) and Justin talk about his interest in cold plunging and longevity research, how he manages his demanding DJ schedule, and how his father’s impressive legacy lives on.

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The guys have a lot to say about the Super Bowl this week and “they don’t both have to have bet $50 on the Chiefs.” Then we read a letter from Betsy who shares her personal tales of the paranormal. Finally, Ellis from Colorado calls in asking how the guys met their significant others, who made the first move and what advice they have for a long marriage. 

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February 13, 2024 85 mins

Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Found, Saved By The Bell) and Justin talk about his iconic Zack Morris character in Saved By the Bell, how he avoided being typecast, and they clear up a silly little rumor about competing for the same roles. 

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The guys discuss Justin’s mostly naked honeymoon experience on a remote island, and he updates us on the status of Teak the cat’s peen problems. A listener named Patrick writes in with a not-so-bad name suggestion for Christian’s scratch bar idea. Finally, Casey calls in with a NY Jets/Taylor Swift-themed Would You Rather (and the guys tread lightly with their answers). 

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February 6, 2024 72 mins

Zach Woods (In The Know, Silicon Valley) and Justin discuss their similar aversion to technology (despite the roles they've played), how they handle being accosted by overly friendly drunk fans, and what it was like to work with Mike Judge on his new show “In The Know.” 

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This week the guys discuss the joys of having a snow day with the nephews in Connecticut, and Christian reveals a bougie gripe he has with his favorite massage parlor. A listener named Tara Tiffany writes in from Ireland to ask if the guys would rather find maggots or toenails in their food. Julie calls in to reveal she made the turtle figurine for Justin and she offers some potential new lightning round questions.

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January 30, 2024 70 mins

Melissa Rauch (Night Court) and Justin talk about what it’s like to star in the Night Court reboot, how she broke into the industry, and how she used to hand out flyers outside Broadway shows before making it as an actress. 

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The guys are still together this week, so they take the opportunity to walk down memory lane, discuss the benefits of a coffee warmer and compare their brotherly dynamic to the Kelce Brothers. We read a letter from Katie praising the show for keeping her spirits up through difficult times. Finally, a listener named Zoe leaves a voicemail pitching the genius idea for a destination funeral.

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January 23, 2024 78 mins

Noah Hawley (Fargo) and Justin talk about the state of award shows, what inspired the storyline for the 5th season of “Fargo,” and how his mother’s writing career shaped his own. 

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The guys are in the “man” cave together for a discussion about how Christian has 99 problems and an eviscerated opossum IS one. Justin gets his rental car stuck in the snow and lives to tell the tale (thanks to Larry). Then we read a letter from Lizzy with praise for the roundabout stories that open the show. Finally, a listener named Crystal calls in to talk about how she’s handy around the house like a blue collar “life-...

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January 16, 2024 81 mins

Tony Robbins (The Holy Grail of Investing) and Justin talk about how his upbringing influenced his motivation to help people, what it was like to take Ayahuasca, and he spills a few investing secrets.

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The guys talk about the trips they both recently went on: Justin & Kate to Big Sur for her birthday (in which they had a friendly run in with Bo Burnham and Phoebe Bridgers 👀) and Christian & Maggie to Costa Rica where they were accosted by monkeys, but fell in love with the laid back, phone-free atmosphere. Then we read a letter from Nancy with a glowing endorsement for Christian’s “scratch bar” idea. Finally, St...

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January 9, 2024 82 mins

Josh Gad (Gutenberg! The Musical!, Frozen) and Justin talk about working with actor Andrew Rannells on both “Book of Mormon,” and his latest show “Gutenberg! The Musical!,” how his kids handle attention from the public, and his seemingly contrasting passions for both sports and musical theater.

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Happy New Year! The guys kick off 2024 with a recap about their holidays — how Justin accosted two strangers to procure Santa hats. They’re still trying to figure out wha the loser of their football bet has to do. A listener named Christian writes in with an impressive squirrel-theme rap. Finally, Zach from Indiana writes in praising “Going The Distance,” and Christian’s ability to keep Justin on track. 

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January 2, 2024 93 mins

Anderson Cooper (CNN) and Justin talk about his upbringing in the Vanderbilt family and his fasciation with the Astors, his hilarious friendship with Andy Cohen and why he wanted to do his podcast "All There Is" about how we process grief.

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It’s the last show of 2023! The guys talk about Christian’s mani-pedi experience and he rates the best of the 101 movies he watched this year. Justin finally watched It’s A Wonderful Life and wants to gush about it 70 years late. Emily writes in about a sex dream she had about the guys, and she throws out some ideas for the loser of their bet. Finally, a listener named Chris calls in asking what movies have disturbing endi...

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December 26, 2023 79 mins

Matt Friend (The Simpsons) and Justin talk about how he developed his talent for impressions, how well-known people like Howard Stern and Jeff Goldblum react to his work, and the time he got a call from Liev Schrieber (while he was still in college) asking for advice.

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The guys both have holiday parties to discuss, Justin’s prom-themed Hollywood fashion lady party and Christian’s Polish food-themed family get together with the nephews. Then a listener named Michelle writes in with bad news about Christian’s skunk problem, and a very spooky story about an encounter with a ghost. Finally, a listener named Angela calls in to ask advice about how to stop being so judgmental.

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December 19, 2023 87 mins

John Densmore (The Doors) and Justin talk about what it was like to be part of an iconic rock band, how they coped after Jim Morrison’s sudden death, how he had to sue his own band members to avoid selling out and they share a mutual appreciation for Bernie Sanders. 

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The guys reminisce about their favorite Christmastime memories, and Christian laments how his memories of caroling at the local library just isn’t the same as it used to be. Then, a listener named Noelle tells us how she fell asleep listening to the pod and had a full on dream about us, and she offers a pedicure-related Would You Rather. Finally, a 25-year-old listener named Alba calls in to say she’s able to relate to us ...

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