54 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.

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

JillZBurg ,

This is still my favorite podcast of all time

Thomas Hardy was my favorite author long before MIB started reading Jude the Obscure. Somehow, my entire life feels validated by having an almost famous person read one of my fave author’s novels to me (and the other nine people). I fantasize that Michael will read Far From The Madding Crowd next (that one is my all time favorite book because I like <spoiler alert> endings better.

Jenn Wolfe ,

Read us another!

MIB has been a constant podcast companion since I found Obscure. I would definitely sign on for a second season. I only wish he recorded more than one episode a week!

E.Wintee ,

Relaxing listen

I’ve been following since the beginning and have genuinely enjoyed every minute.

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