253 episodes

It's a book club, but funny!
Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature: Wuthering Heights.
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: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It's alive, and it's just a big buddy. Also, more accent work.
Season 3: Wuthering Heights. It's a love story? Who knows
Season 4: American Tragedy. Also a potential title of this podcast
Support this show and access bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

Obscure with Michael Ian Black Misfit Toys

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 1.7K Ratings

It's a book club, but funny!
Comedian Michael Ian Black is tackling a great work of literature: Wuthering Heights.
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: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It's alive, and it's just a big buddy. Also, more accent work.
Season 3: Wuthering Heights. It's a love story? Who knows
Season 4: American Tragedy. Also a potential title of this podcast
Support this show and access bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

    S4 Episode 50 - Fiddy

    S4 Episode 50 - Fiddy

    As we cross our own point of no return, old Clyde Griffiths and his new flame, Roberta Alden, seem destined to cross their own. A tepid love blossoms apace!

    • 33 min
    S4 Episode 49 - Zagnut? I hardly know her!

    S4 Episode 49 - Zagnut? I hardly know her!

    We're further exploring the inner life of our young heroine and tracing the history that led her to Lycurgus.

    • 32 min
    S4 Episode 48 - Resisting Facts, Revering Illusion

    S4 Episode 48 - Resisting Facts, Revering Illusion

    Some ruminating on the politics of the day.

    • 31 min
    S4 Episode 47 - Projection!

    S4 Episode 47 - Projection!

    A working girl has caught Clyde's eye. It's gettin' sexy up in here!

    • 31 min
    S4 Episode 46 - Schenectady, Oshkosh, and Albuquerque

    S4 Episode 46 - Schenectady, Oshkosh, and Albuquerque

    Clyde attends a fancy automobile and floral display. Fabulous!

    • 38 min
    S4 Episode 45 - Liggett and Wigham, Wigham and Liggett

    S4 Episode 45 - Liggett and Wigham, Wigham and Liggett

    Clyde has been bumped up to the 5th floor of the Griffiths Collar Factory to oversee collar stamping.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

mkolody ,

Love it!

I’ve started from the very beginning & have really enjoyed the show. At some points, I’ve listened with my 9th-grade daughter & she has loved it too. I’m also inspired now to look for Michael Ian Black’s other work.

aimbcdefg ,

Maybe my fave pod?

I’ve enjoyed every season of this show, even when the story was bad (sorry, Frankenstein). I think I would listen to Michael Ian Black read a technical manual, if he were to comment as he went. It’s my first listen every Tuesday.

ekordulak ,

So much better than an audiobook!

I had no interest in reading any of of these novels but the hilarious and also thoughtful commentary from Michael Ian Black not only makes the content digestible but also very enjoyable. If I had to read or listen to a regular audiobook for any of these novels I would have given up after the first chapter. I love podcasts and audiobooks so this podcast gives you the best of both worlds. I just started season 4 and am very excited to see what this season brings.

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