124 episodes

It's a book club, but funny!
Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Join Michael's weekly book club as he reads aloud from a classic and asks people like Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage kids to weigh in with their perspectives. 
Season 1: Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. The book is bleak, but Michael does a lot of accent work.
Season 2: Frankenstein. It's alive, and it's just a big buddy. Also, more accent work.
Support this show and access bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

Obscure with Michael Ian Black Earwolf

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    • 4.9 • 1.6K Ratings

It's a book club, but funny!
Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Join Michael's weekly book club as he reads aloud from a classic and asks people like Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage kids to weigh in with their perspectives. 
Season 1: Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. The book is bleak, but Michael does a lot of accent work.
Season 2: Frankenstein. It's alive, and it's just a big buddy. Also, more accent work.
Support this show and access bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

    S2 Episode 46 - Unsettled

    S2 Episode 46 - Unsettled

    Victor languishes in gaol, and Michael languishes in the wilds of Connecticut before reading more Frankenstein.

    • 33 min
    S2 Episode 45 - In It for the Long Haul

    S2 Episode 45 - In It for the Long Haul

    Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This installment...Ruminating on trucks and the trucking life as Victah Frankenstein finds himself imprisoned for a SHOCKING crime.

    • 32 min
    S2 Episode 44 - Karate Massacre Graduate Ending

    S2 Episode 44 - Karate Massacre Graduate Ending

    Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. And briefly mentions Buck Henry.

    • 29 min
    S2 Episode 43 - Our Father

    S2 Episode 43 - Our Father

    Michael celebrates the most Frankensteinian holiday, Father's Day. And Frankenstein reading continues.

    • 31 min
    S2 Episode 42 - Something From Nothing

    S2 Episode 42 - Something From Nothing

    Michael ruminates on creation, Kiss and how annoying this book is. As always, Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    • 30 min
    S2 Episode 41 - An Unidentified Episode

    S2 Episode 41 - An Unidentified Episode

    Michael Ian Black reads Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

MsLondon2040 ,

I mean, he’s just really good at this.

I’ve been a Michael Ian Black fan since The State on MTV last century. Bought a few books he wrote (enjoyed thoroughly) and generally kept an eye what what he was up to. Somehow I missed this podcast. Luckily, I read a Tweet a few days ago and have been binging Season 1. Quality stuff here. I’ve heard of Jude the Obscure but pretty unlikely I would’ve picked it up let alone read it. Michael injects throughout with surprisingly eloquent insights! Guests are awesome too. I hope Michael’s making millions now! Please listen.

if it's not baroque ,

Love it!

Excited to hear you're thinking about a third season! My vote for an American novel would be The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I think you could really have fun tearing in to those idiots. Thanks for making even the worst Hardy and the most boring horror entertaining!

Chonestream ,

LOVE LOVE LOVE

This podcast has joined us for thousands of road trip miles; making us laugh, making us think and helping to pass the many hours of seemingly endless tarmac. It’s like having a close friend with us, reading us stories, making our drives more fun and sharing personal things that help us feel less alone in this crazy life!

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