70 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
    • 4.9, 1.3K 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

4.9 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Kira Beard ,

Love it! Don’t let it end!

I am an avid podcast enthusiast and I must say Obscure is my favorite podcast. It is so original and entertaining. I have been a Michael Ian Black fan for years and that was what initially intrigued me to listen. I have also read Tess of the d’Urbervilles and loved it. This book is similar, very sad and oddly insightful for modern times. I decided to write a review after listening to the episode in which Michael talked about the death of his dog. It was absolutely heartbreaking and really affected me. I felt such sympathy for Michael and his family and it made me think about how much I love this show and will be so sad when it’s over. Please, Earwolf, have Michael start on a new book!

Jaxkelly ,

I did not know I needed this.

This was recommended to me last week and I’ve been powering through, as I work with my hands and my ears are available all day long. I could’ve used Michael Ian Black while studying English lit all through college. I love everything about this podcast.

bluemeanieface ,

Not for everyone!

I started listening to Obscure as an addition to my normal sleepy time listening of Sleep With Me Podcast. It worked for putting me to sleep but eventually, I started replaying the episodes during the day to catch up. What I found was that Thomas Hardy truly had a way with words and that MIB does as well. Both have welcome snark! long story short, this podcast has grown on me like Jack Jack, Michael’s “sh1tty little rat dog” RIP. If you like classic lit or just left-leaning hollywood elite types, run don’t walk this podcast into your ears.

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