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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

Holly_Oz ,

Unexpectedly delightful

I can’t believe I’m still listening to this, but here we are. Excellent.

less-lonely Victorian ,

Love from a less-lonely Victorian

I have a degree in Victorian Studies, and surprisingly have experienced some difficulty finding a community of people with whom to discuss the literature and times of 19th century England. Now I have been able to enjoy Obscure with my family. I thought it might prove a little too racy for my 10-year old, but he really likes it too!

magnabella ,

My favorite podcast

I love the commentary and MIB’s voice. I hope he continues with another famous author’s B-side. More sponsors need to get on board so the podcast can continue. Maybe a collab with Penguin publishing?

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