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.
Will these two ever figure it out?
The town of Shaston is split over Phillotson’s controversial dismissal from school, which causes the teacher to become ill and receive a surprise visit.
When Jude and Sue run away together, they have different ideas of the state of their relationship. And Michael checks in with writer Nell Scovell about her thoughts on the romance and Hardy's writing.