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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, some of his famous (and non-famous) friends and experts as he discovers Jude’s world and a few things about his own. Is it a terrible idea? Probably. But it’s a terrible idea he wants to do with you.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.8 stars from 1,062 ratings
I love this podcast! MIB is irreverent and sincere simultaneously. What a great way to experience literature that is neither. Stodgy old Tom Hardy is made approachable and less dreary. Thanks! Keep it up MIB or we’ll pelt ye with pig intestines and clapper slap ye.
Spooky5678 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/22/19
Interesting and funny
I dodged the "Jude the Obscure" bullet as a literature major in college. Recently I heard Michael Ian Black was reading it as a podcast and that seemed like a brilliant idea, I was all in. I am on episode 5 of the podcast and am convinced this is the only way Jude the Obscure should be...Read full review »
Melodie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/22/19
Party Hardy
Ok...I’m late to this party and to podcasting in general. I’ve been binge-listening Obscure every chance I get and am laughing OUT LOUD. I used to read voraciously and love 19th century English literature, with all its quirks, now obscure references, and what my husband would refer to as a bunch...Read full review »
scvma via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/21/19
Recent Episodes
Jude experiences pangs of regret, and Michael finds himself falling in love with Hardy all over again. This episode is sponsored by The Harold Ramis Film School ( or call 312-883-1241). 
Published 02/22/19
Sue asks Jude to play an important role in a big event, and Michael checks in with his wife Martha to get answers to some burning questions.
Published 02/15/19
Jude confesses his romantic past to Sue. And Michael confesses his romantic past to you.
Published 02/08/19
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