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 43 now, 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

November 22, 2022 73 min

Leonard Maltin (Maltin On Movies) and Justin talk about how he was an 'indoor kid' in his youth, how he found his way to film criticism, and that time his reviews ticked off Barbra Striesand and Sylvester Stallone. Plus, Justin looks back at some of the ratings Leonard gave to his movies.


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Sheryl Crow (Sheryl doc) and Justin talk about her crazy partying days in LA, how her breast cancer diagnosis changed her outlook on life, and what it was like to have a documentary made about her life.


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November 8, 2022 79 min

Questlove (The Tonight Show, Descendant) and Justin talk about the pressures of being a DJ, what it was like to win an Oscar right immediately the notorious slap and his latest documentary project Descendant, about the legacy of Africatown and the Clotilde slave ship.


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November 1, 2022 77 min

Justine Bateman (Family Ties) and Justin talk about how she stumbled into acting as a career, how she navigated Hollywood at a young age and her new book Face, about the scrutiny women face as they age.


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October 25, 2022 80 min

Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live) and Justin talk about how they both grew up in CT, what it was like to be on SNL during Justin's favorite era, and he previews his new book "I Exaggerate: My Brushes With Fame." Plus Kevin regales us with stories of all the famous people he's met throughout his career. 


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October 18, 2022 84 min

Jewel (Freewheelin' Woman) and Justin talk about her unorthodox upbringing, how she navigated a music career in the '90s and the inspiration for her latest album, "Freewheelin' Woman".


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October 11, 2022 64 min

Alison Lohman (Drag Me To Hell) and Justin reminisce about shooting those grueling scenes in Drag Me To Hell. Plus they talk about why Alison retired from acting so early and why it was always her dream to own a farm in Ireland.


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October 4, 2022 81 min

Cristin Milioti (The Resort, How I Met Your Mother) talks with Justin about growing up in New Jersey, her days working as a dog walker in NYC and what it was like to sing with David Bowie on stage in the musical Lazarus.


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September 27, 2022 87 min

Michael Cera (Superbad, Arrested Development) and Justin talk about what it's like to be a first-time dad, how he met his wife, and why he has kept away from social media all these years.


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September 20, 2022 75 min

Jenna Elfman (Fear The Walking Dead) and Justin talk about raising kids when you're in the spotlight, how she got her big break on Dharma & Greg and how she and her husband have kept their 31-year partnership strong.


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September 13, 2022 73 min

Stephen Fry (Fry's Ties, Wilde) and Justin talk about the ridiculousness of luxury items, how he used humor to deal with bullies and why he’s a hit at dinner parties.


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September 6, 2022 74 min

Christina Ricci (Yellowjackets) and Justin talk about working together and maintaining boundaries on set. Plus, Christina talks about the serendipitous way she got into acting in the first place.


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August 30, 2022 73 min

Margaret Cho (The Margaret Cho) and Justin talk about her eclectic childhood in San Francisco, and what made her such a fearless comedian.


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August 23, 2022 76 min

Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You, Orphan: First Kill) and Justin talk about growing up in NYC, how she worked through rejection early in her career, and how she got cast in her breakout role opposite Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You.


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August 16, 2022 68 min

Peter Facinelli (Twilight, Can't Hardy Wait) and Justin talk about what it was like to be part of the Twilight franchise, his experience growing up in an Italian family and how he broke into acting despite being a shy kid.


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August 9, 2022 76 min

Ali Wentworth (Go Ask Ali, Seinfeld) and Justin have a very bantery conversation about her iconic role in the “Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld, how she met her husband George Stephanopoulos on a “blind date,” and that time she got gift card scammed.


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August 2, 2022 80 min

Andy Richter (Conan, The Three Questions with Andy Richter) and Justin talk about his days being Conan O’Brien’s late night wingman, how he learned to think comedically on his feet and the importance of not caring what other people think.


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July 26, 2022 75 min

Mayim Bialik (JeopardyBlossom) and Justin talk about being a child actor and her breakout role in the 90s sitcom Blossom, how she didn’t really watch Jeopardy growing up and why she took a break from acting to get a doctorate in neuroscience.


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July 19, 2022 72 min

Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods, Coyote Ugly) and Justin talk about how she made the jump from model to actress to TV director, how she pushes through challenges as a shy person and her work with Hole In The Wall Gang Camp.


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July 12, 2022 75 min

Chris Parnell (Senior Year, SNL) and Justin talk about how Chris got the nickname "Iceman" on "SNL," how he manages to never break in sketches, how his religious upbringing influenced his comedy and playing Rebel Wilson's dad in "Senior Year."


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