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Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature. Actually, Tackling might be too strong a word. More like “light caressing” plus a lot of complaining. He’s reading the Thomas Hardy classic, Jude the Obscure, out loud and commenting as he goes. Join Michael and friends like Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage daughter, as he discovers the world of Victorian England. Is it a terrible idea? Probably. But it’s a terrible idea he wants to do with you.

Obscure with Michael Ian Black Earwolf

    • Comedy
    • 4.8, 1.2K Ratings

Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature. Actually, Tackling might be too strong a word. More like “light caressing” plus a lot of complaining. He’s reading the Thomas Hardy classic, Jude the Obscure, out loud and commenting as he goes. Join Michael and friends like Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage daughter, as he discovers the world of Victorian England. Is it a terrible idea? Probably. But it’s a terrible idea he wants to do with you.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

The Real Zen Boy ,

The Greatest Podcast Ever?!?! Uh...yeah, I think it is

EDIT: Michael really gets rolling in the 30s, and by Episode 40, I was laughing so hard I had to pause it to wipe the tears. I would not be able to live with this man, I would just have to be content having his babies whilst living on the opposite coast.

The first episode is OK, but it quickly picks up after that. Amazingly well done. Nice production values, and MIB is subtle and profane (and by profane I mean very funny)

mweston319 ,

It’s like Book club, but he does all the work!

Words can’t describe how much I love this podcast. I love the humor Black brings to this drear story and also how he applies Hardy’s words to situations we see today. Overall through his reading, Black shows how we all relate to Jude’s struggles to escape obscurity. Just lovely, I wish all audiobooks had a side narrator like this!

LilaAshton ,

MIB turns dusty old book into pure delight!

I’ll be honest with you. I found the book incredibly boring in the beginning and the characters unlikable. The story has gradually gotten more interesting as it has progressed. The constant, though, has been the fun of listening to Michael commenting on the story as he goes. Obscuré always makes me smile and usually makes me cackle.

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