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Obscure with Michael Ian Black
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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5.0 stars from 1,204 ratings
My Favorite Podcast!
I love this podcast! If it weren’t for this podcast, it is highly doubtful I would have ever read Jude the Obscure. Even if I did pick it up, I likely wouldn’t have gotten very far, because let’s be honest, there are some slow parts. Michael’s reading and commentary has spiced up the book and...Read full review »
Richard Phillotson via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/19
Amazing. As always.
As a long time fan this podcast does not disappoint. So happy this exists and I was missing his old podcast “how to be amazing” (check this out if you haven’t- full of really great interviews with incredible people). Thanks for the laughs on my long commute to work.
Miss Molly K via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/19
My own favorite
Very reluctant to hear you cut up on what is my favorite book of all time- then delighted to hear you get so caught up in the story. If you really haven’t read to the finish yet- I cannot wait to hear your reaction to one of the most poignant ending ever. Love the premise - and you’re very funny!
Cathy Polovina via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/19
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Published 05/24/19
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Published 05/17/19
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