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TBTL- Too Beautiful to Live

926 episodes - English - Latest episode: 8 days ago - ★★★★★ - 2.2K ratings

TBTL (Too Beautiful to Live) is a daily weekday podcast from Luke Burbank and co-host/producer Andrew Walsh. It is about life, current events, popular culture, puttering, serial boat ownership, and night pants. Hotline: (206) 414-8285.

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#3415 Good Boy Gets A Good Bell

May 04, 2021 17:57 - 1 hour - 29.2 MB

Andrew is secretly googling Luke’s dinner reservations in rural Oregon, which comes as a surprise to Luke and the listeners, who tuned in to hear the guys’ thoughts on NPR turning 50 years and one day.

#3414 Goodbye Yellow Brark Road

May 03, 2021 21:06 - 1 hour - 51 MB

Andrew discovered who he really is after the doctors sedated him for his hand surgery on Friday. And a fascinating explainer about the science of candles leads Luke to realize he’s got some minor beef with an Elton John song.

#3413: Alice In Chainsaws

April 30, 2021 20:52 - 1 hour - 36 MB

Andrew comes up with an experiment to see if Instagram is listening in on his conversations. Meanwhile Luke debuts a new character, "Rodney Dangerfield Talking About His Roomba."

#3412 Wint Wint

April 29, 2021 20:08 - 1 hour - 40.3 MB

Luke and Andrew celebrate some of their favorite weirdos on Twitter and some of their favorite TV teachers (Otis Drexell, we’re looking at you.) Plus, a researcher discovered some of the oldest water in the world, and it doesn’t smell very good.

#3411 Prickling My Pears

April 28, 2021 19:36 - 1 hour - 46.6 MB

Luke realizes he might have paid over a thousand dollars for some Costco scallops. And he learned that on Ed Balls Day, of all days.

#3410 Cannes Do Attitude

April 27, 2021 19:48 - 1 hour - 43.5 MB

Andrew gets some not-so-great news about his broken finger, but he and Luke get some good news about the “chihuahua from hell” who was looking for a home. Plus, Luke responds to fans who insist he release “The Burbank Cut” of his decade-old documentary film.  

#3409 Coffee Is For Glenn Closers

April 26, 2021 19:52 - 1 hour - 41.9 MB

Luke offers a long-awaited apology to David Blaine. Also, Glenn Close’s Oscar Night moment was great...but the media should probably acknowledge that it was scripted, right?

#3408 Honey I Shrunk The Capo

April 23, 2021 20:14 - 1 hour - 44 MB

Luke and Andrew pay tribute to Shock G of the Digital Underground, and Luke realizes that the sequel to Goodfellas has been hiding in plain sight.

#3407 The Windemere Beneath My Wings

April 22, 2021 18:44 - 1 hour - 49.4 MB

Luke and Andrew ponder the future of paying for goods and services with their palm prints, and they bid a fond farewell to humor...which they just killed many times over.

#3406 Wild Hogs Can’t Be Broken

April 21, 2021 20:19 - 1 hour - 41.5 MB

Luke and Andrew grow one step closer to merging into one single person after Luke sends out a confusing tweet. And the Washington Football Team floats some new possible names, most of which sound like John Travolta films.

#3405 Andrew’s Bad Trip

April 20, 2021 20:08 - 1 hour - 42.5 MB

Andrew spent yesterday trying not to pass out on the bus with a broken finger. Meanwhile, Luke is frustrated that his recent haircut took only 2 minutes. 

#3404 Now Voles I Can Get Into!

April 19, 2021 19:39 - 1 hour - 46.3 MB

Luke and Andrew discuss the bobcat video that went viral last week and Bobcat Goldthwait’s suspicious silence on the matter. Plus, scientists unveil the whitest paint ever created, and Luke relives one of the worst days in personal watercraft history.

#3403 The Balding Bassassin

April 16, 2021 19:00 - 1 hour - 33.3 MB

Luke and Andrew play a game intended to put people to sleep. 

#3402 The Ginger Assassin And The Dreaded Devil’s Teeth

April 15, 2021 20:59 - 1 hour - 54 MB

A mysterious tweet has some Game of Thrones fans hoping that a Season 8 “redo” is on the way. Plus, today’s Drops of St2pider flashbacks send Luke and Andrew on a nostalgic journey. And some Tens with very good memories create a very special installment of TBTL Blursdays!

#3401 Paulie Walshnuts

April 14, 2021 19:33 - 1 hour - 41 MB

Andrew offers a public apology for some less-than-flattering things he said about a cool young man on yesterday’s show. Plus, Luke is tempted to adopt a Chihuahua from hell that is looking for a new home. And they pay tribute to the erstwhile ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood, which was a special place for them both.

#3400 The Ambien Awards

April 13, 2021 20:20 - 1 hour - 39.5 MB

Luke is disappointed to learn that TBTL has once again been overlooked by a prestigious podcast award, but Andrew offers a silver lining. Also, will we all be wearing robotic exoskeletons in 5 years? Let’s hope so.

#3399 Fifteen Ways To Find Out If He’s The Right Podcast For You!

April 12, 2021 20:23 - 1 hour - 35.1 MB

Luke and Andrew say goodbye to a good friend who IS NOT DYING but taking an exciting new path in life. Plus, today’s installment of Drops of St2pider will leave you petrified and hungry.

#3398 It’s My Funny And I Want It Now!

April 09, 2021 17:27 - 1 hour - 40.9 MB

Luke and Andrew discover that Lil Nas X’s satanic sneakers may be losing value while Nike tries to recall them? They suspect J.G. Wentworth might have something to do with it.  DROPS OF ST2PIDER: MATCHUP #3 Blue Angels vs Looking for Pokémon VOTE FOR YOUR PICK HERE

#3397 Hellman’s Is Other People

April 08, 2021 20:04 - 1 hour - 48.5 MB

Andrew fills-in Luke about his big Vaccination Day activities, and Luke is in love with a special moment during a Met’s broadcast. Plus, there’s a ketchup emergency in the U.S., and the TBTL Drops of Stupider contest continues with matchup #2 (vote below!) DROPS OF ST2PIDER: MATCHUP #2 TBTL Prince tribute vs Sploooch The Diarrhea Turtle VOTE FOR YOUR PICK HERE!

#3396 Spalding Pink

April 07, 2021 17:44 - 1 hour - 35.3 MB

Luke is reeaaally leaning into his inner 11 year-old, and it’s not a problem at all, thank you very much. Plus, he and Andrew kick off this year’s Drops of St2pider contest for listeners to vote on their favorite TBTL moments of all time. (Link for voting is below!) DROPS OF ST2PIDER: ROUND ONE Today’s matchup pits the TBTL Cereal show up against the live Minnesota State Fair episode. VOTE FOR YOUR PICK HERE!

#3395 The Right Way To Remember The Wrong Kind Of Night

April 06, 2021 21:10 - 1 hour - 36.4 MB

Chet Haze’s attempts to create a “White Boy Summer” are...problematic. Plus, a weird SNL skit gives Andrew the giggles, and listeners call-in with stories of people cutting in front of them in line (and how they handled it.)

#3394 TBTL: Shirts And Skins

April 05, 2021 19:41 - 1 hour - 39.3 MB

Luke and Andrew finally address an awkward moment in their friendship that they’d never discussed before. They also take a moment to remember how funny It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is while discussing their body image issues.

#3393 The Coach Of First Class

April 02, 2021 21:11 - 1 hour - 35.9 MB

Luke and Andrew try to recover after losing their minds over a baseball game last night. Plus, Nike is trying to recall Lil Nas X’s “satan shoes” from the 665 people who alright bought them. 

#3392 Die Hard 3: Jingle All The Way

April 01, 2021 21:36 - 1 hour - 35.7 MB

Andrew finds his old PDA from 2004 and powers it up to find some old notes he wrote for himself. He and Luke and are also happy to hear that Volkswagen is now being investigated by the SEC for lying about changing its name to “Voltswagen.” 

#3391 When Venus Is In The 7th House Of Neptune...

March 31, 2021 20:33 - 1 hour - 39 MB

Luke and Andrew learn that Volkswagen was, indeed, lying about changing its name, and now they are going back to never believing anything ever again. Also, Luke’s trip to the Apple store gave him some real Red Dawn vibes. 

#3390 The Petty Man’s Burden

March 30, 2021 19:35 - 1 hour - 39.7 MB

Luke and Andrew test out a new recording device that either allows them or forces them to look at each other during the show, depending on whom you ask. Plus, Volkswagen finally admits that Luke was right all along and agrees to change its name to “Voltswagen.”

#3389 A Man, A Palm Pilot, A Canal!

March 29, 2021 19:51 - 1 hour - 46.3 MB

Luke discovers a British betting site where people were wagering on the Suez Canal situation...and a lot of other fascinating stuff. Plus, according to some recent TikToks, Papa John is not doing super great?

#3388 I Don’t Understand This Podcast, And I Won’t Respond To It

March 26, 2021 20:36 - 1 hour - 35.3 MB

Luke spent yesterday in an abandoned mining town and has come back with a bunch of stories that make Andrew have to use the restroom. They also pay tribute to the absolute comic genius of Jessica Walter.

#3387 Dan Pashman’s Media Blintz

March 25, 2021 17:00 - 1 hour - 35 MB

Longtime TBTL Friendo Dan Pashman of The Sporkful swings by to talk about what it’s like to invent a brand-new pasta from the ground-up (and to answer the most important question of our time: Is Thousand Island really a condiment?) 

#3386 Rational Exuberance

March 24, 2021 18:24 - 1 hour - 28.8 MB

Luke and Andrew find out some truly Dazzling Deets about polar bears, penguin pee, and diamonds raining down on Jupiter. Plus, the General Mills PR department could really learn something from the folks over at Post cereals.

#3385 Real Children, Stihl Children

March 23, 2021 20:15 - 1 hour - 46.2 MB

Luke wonders if he and Andrew are beginning to spend too much (virtual) time together, and notable not-nice person Bill Shatner tries to buy immortality through an A.I.-type technology. 

#3384 I Gotta Feeling That It’s Going To Be A Year Of Magical Thinking

March 22, 2021 20:29 - 1 hour - 47.5 MB

Luke takes extreme measures to get out of a Coffee Emergency, while Andrew reminisces about the ubiquitous “Free Coffee” of the olden days. Plus, more details emerge about the different versions of Mrs. Doubtfire that exist somewhere.

#3383 Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou Ink?

March 19, 2021 20:15 - 1 hour - 39.7 MB

In the most 2021 news ever, the Fleetwood Mac Longboarding Guy is selling his viral video as an NFT...with some caveats. Plus, Luke explores a rumor that an NC-17 version of Mrs. Doubtfire exists, Sean Hannity vapes on air, and cattle rustling is, apparently, still a thing.

#3382 I’ve Got People To Meet And Goulash To Eat

March 18, 2021 21:24 - 1 hour - 42 MB

A listener sets Luke straight on the topic of “gabagool”, which somehow makes Andrew very, very hungry for goulash? Anyway, they also talk about a new docu-series which literally has Luke acting like a 15-year-old again. And Andrew ruins the Blursdays. 

#3381 Impossible Gabagool

March 17, 2021 19:47 - 1 hour - 36.3 MB

It’s St. Patrick’s day, which marks the anniversary of the day Andrew tried to fight a Minneapolis Uber driver and Luke almost lost his cool at a beloved Polish bar. They also commemorate the 1-year-and-1-day anniversary of the Family Ties movie. And Joe Biden “slaps back” at those criticizing his dog, who nipped a White House employee.

#3380 Cash 4 Gold Steak

March 16, 2021 19:55 - 1 hour - 44.7 MB

Luke got cyberbullied over a sandwich last night, and a chef in Miami is selling gold-encrusted steaks that his customers do not want.

#3379 If It’s Cello, Let It Mellow

March 15, 2021 19:31 - 1 hour - 41.3 MB

Luke’s Lyft driver taught him some pretty interesting things about Henry Kissinger’s role in a global plot to reduce the earth’s population. Plus, Yo-Yo Ma gave an impromptu performance at his vaccination clinic, and it turns out Subway is the food of choice on Korean TV.

#3378 Shat Happens

March 12, 2021 20:27 - 1 hour - 30.8 MB

Journalist and TBTL Friendo Andrea Seabrook joins the show after she got cyberbullied by William Shatner yesterday. Also, Luke explains why several large police officers dragged him out of a Flaming Lips rehearsal last night.

#3377 The Ringo Is Strong With This One

March 11, 2021 22:53 - 1 hour - 36.6 MB

Luke and Andrew remember the day, exactly one year ago, when they finally realized that the world had really changed (and that their burps would never be as fun.) Plus, Captain Kirk just picked a very strange fight with Luke’s friend at NPR.

#3376 Different Sides Of The Same Coyne

March 10, 2021 19:49 - 1 hour - 30.4 MB

Luke is excited to meet his musical hero, Wayne Coyne, this afternoon...especially after Andrew tells him a spicy detail about the Flaming Lips frontman. Plus, the return of This Day In TBTL History takes us back 5 years and puts Luke and Andrew on some shaky ground.

#3375 Greta Van Feet

March 09, 2021 20:59 - 1 hour - 41.3 MB

Luke and Andrew find out who they REALLY are with the help of an enneagram test and their friend Lauren Masterson. Plus, Luke talks about his beautiful feet a lot and it’s very upsetting. 

#3374 You May Say I’m A Streamer...

March 08, 2021 20:00 - 1 hour - 39.4 MB

Luke has a big DISHWASHER UPDATE. He and Andrew are also ready to talk WandaVision, Mandelorian, and last night’s Meghan Markle interview with Oprah. 

#3373 Roombas Get Stoombas

March 05, 2021 20:58 - 1 hour - 39 MB

Luke brings the HEAT today with a Friday Motivation via the fine Clump Dogs at Defector. Plus, what do you get when you combine music and crypto-currency? A lot of money and a very confused Andrew. 

#3372 One Set Of Cleat Prints In The Sand

March 04, 2021 21:13 - 1 hour - 35.7 MB

Luke has either discovered something special in the Willamette River, or he’s going off the deep end. Your call. Plus, Dan Harmon introduces a compelling new system for the Zodiac calendar. And Andrew’s getting very nervous about fantasy baseball. 

#3371 A Double Pisces

March 03, 2021 20:33 - 1 hour - 34.3 MB

Luke and Andrew finally get their big break in sports media, and Luke discovers something mind blowing about the cinnamon toast he ate as a kid. Plus, a company is animating old photos of departed loved ones, and it turns out there’s a reason why ketchup is sometimes called “fancy”.

#3370 The 30-Year Punch

March 02, 2021 21:40 - 1 hour - 31.9 MB

Luke and Andrew celebrate a very special TBTL-a-versary, even though someone forgot. Plus, listeners chime in with their stories of butter love.

#3369 Fine And Tandy

March 01, 2021 19:57 - 1 hour - 36.3 MB

Luke and Andrew finally address the imaginary scandal surrounding their imaginary tanning salon in Portland. Plus, last night’s Golden Globes broadcast was pretty cool until it wasn’t, and a surgeon goes to traffic court while surgeoning.

#3368 Long Time Elephant, First Time Caller

February 26, 2021 20:20 - 1 hour - 44.8 MB

TBTL Friendo Davy Rothbart jumps on the show to talk about his amazing new documentary, 17 Blocks. Plus, Andrew’s acting career takes another step forward with the role he’s been waiting for his entire life.

#3367 Socks Aren’t The Way To This Soldier’s Heart!

February 25, 2021 20:29 - 1 hour - 33.6 MB

Luke and Andrew watch a bunch of Amy Grant videos and fall in love all over again. Plus, one of Andrew’s favorite electronic stores is closing and taking its spaceships with it. 

#3366 Jughead Jonesing

February 24, 2021 19:25 - 1 hour - 37.9 MB

Luke introduces Andrew to one the hottest viral songs banging around the internet, and it is delightful. Plus, a young man fakes his own kidnapping to get out of work for a day.


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