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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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Hilary Ketchum ,

So funny, soulful and smart

I look forward to Friday for many reasons but none more than hearing the next episode of Jude!!! Michael is so hilarious and good. A joy. I’m so sad that it’s over. I hope he will chose another book to read soon.... ❤️

CandiceMcF ,

Wow, we’re at the end

This is how a read and digestion of literature can be done successfully, with both introspection and entertainment. I love this podcast so much, and I hope, hope, hope Black will take on another classic when “Jude” is finished. ... I can’t believe we got through the whole thing.

maaaarlybone ,

You always meant to read this book

Let me start by acknowledging that I would never have embarked on this novel alone. Michael really is the best ear lover and literary mansplainer in chief, in that he is a super cool, funny, deep, and wonderful human who is there to provide a light through all the bleakness. He also draws parallels to some concurrent personal experiences that make everything more relevant and poignant.

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