77 episodes

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.

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    • Comedy
    • 4.9, 1.5K 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.

    Episode 75 - The End

    Episode 75 - The End

    Death comes for Jude, while Michael welcomes a new life.

    • 44 min
    Episode 74 - In Need of a Eulogy

    Episode 74 - In Need of a Eulogy

    While Michael plans a eulogy, Jude hangs to life, and Arabella plans her next move. Mrs. Edlin visits to inform Jude that Sue has “properly” become a wife to her new husband, causing Jude to rail against the time in which they exist.

    • 31 min
    Episode 73 - Weddings Be Funerals

    Episode 73 - Weddings Be Funerals

    Ghosts continue to haunt Jude, and Michael can relate. Meanwhile, Sue continues to doubt both herself and her choices and finally decides who to share a bed with.

    • 44 min
    Episode 72 - If Misery Can Know Happiness

    Episode 72 - If Misery Can Know Happiness

    Jude and Sue reunite and declare their love for each other. Despite Michael’s prediction, Jude survives the trip and struggles back to Christminster. Later, Michael's wife Martha joins him to talk about regrets. 

    • 41 min
    Episode 71 - Kill Your Own Flame

    Episode 71 - Kill Your Own Flame

    After Arabella rejects Jude’s dying wish, he travels to Marygreen and comes face-to-face with Sue for what may be the last time.

    • 35 min
    Episode 70 - The Obscure We See Eventually

    Episode 70 - The Obscure We See Eventually

    Three months after remarrying Arabella, Jude seems to be dying of a broken heart and begs Arabella to ask Sue to visit. Arabella is outraged.

     

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

BethSheaHan ,

Unexpectedly Hilarious and Edifying

I was a reluctant listener for about 5 minutes. I loved the hell out of this and even after 75 episodes I’m sad it’s over. Please do more!

Lisa B artist ,

Obscure quarantine

Thank you thank you thank you for the hours and hours of entertainment during Covid 19 lockdown. I did many an obscure project/craft/home improvement while listening. ❤️❤️❤️ and now I feel smart.

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Thank You

I’ve had a copy of Jude the Obscure on my bookshelf for years. I’ve wanted to read it for years. I don’t know why. Maybe I thought it would make me smarter, prettier sexier if I had read it? But I could never get past the first few pages. Thank you to MIB for reading it for me-to me. And making this dreadful and dreadfully sad book funny.
Sad to say I’m not any smarter, prettier or sexier, but I’m okay with that.

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