Obscure with Michael Ian Black
By Michael Ian Black
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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, 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.
||Explicit23. Episode 23 - One Thing We Know about Triangles, They Have Pointy Sides||Michael's invites his wife Martha back to comment on the book's Bizarre Love Triangle. This episode is sponsored by Man Of The People with Pat Tomasulo (www.wgntv.com/LIVE)||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22. Episode 22 - Never Meet Your Heroes||The hilarious Nell Scovell returns to weigh in on Jude’s latest disappointing encounter. This episode is sponsored by Man Of The People with Pat Tomasulo (www.wgntv.com/LIVE) and RXBAR (www.RXBAR.com/OBSCURE code: OBSCURE).||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21. Episode 21 - Jude the...Psycho?||We learn more about Jude's special cousin Sue Bridehead, who is also looking for something new in her life.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20. Episode 20 - Jude the Stalker||Jude’s interest in his cousin Sue Bridehead leads him to follow her to church. Will he finally speak to her?||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19. Episode 19 - Good Jude Hunting||Jude gets settled in Christminster, and decides to seek out his cousin Sue. This episode is sponsored by Heineken.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18. Episode 18 - Dreaming Tree||Jude meditates on ancient philosophers, and Michael mediates on modern pop music. This episode is sponsored by Heineken.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17. Episode 17 - You Have Arrived at Your Destination||Jude arrives in Christminster, and Michael and comedian Maeve Higgins tell ghost stories.||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16. Episode 16 - Recapping with Ruthie||Michael sits down with his teen daughter to catch her up on Jude. This episode is sponsored by Heineken.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15. Episode 15 - Lonely Days||Comedian Jen Kirkman offers Jude advice on getting through a tough divorce. Meanwhile Jude’s heartbreak over the split worsens when he make a discovery in a local shop.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14. Episode 14 - Laying the Lard on Thick||Michael breaks out the Victorian dictionary for the first time, and Jude turns to the drink. This episode is sponsored by Heineken.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13. Episode 13 - JB Twisting the Knife||Friend Kevin Allison guest stars in a drama-filled episode where the pig meets its fate, and Arabella stabs Jude in the back as a friend reveals her secret. This episode is sponsored by Leesa (www.leesa.com/OBSCURE).||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12. Episode 12 - Secret and Lies||Uh oh, Arabella reveals the truth, and Jude realizes a horrible mistake has been made. This episode is sponsored by Leesa (www.leesa.com/OBSCURE).||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11. Episode 11 - Putting the Bread in the Oven||Sex advice columnist Dan Savage weighs in on Jude and Arabella’s relationship. Meanwhile, the pair get hot and heavy when Arabella sends her parents off to town for the afternoon. This episode is sponsored by Leesa (www.leesa.com/OBSCURE).||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10. Episode 10 - Love in the Time of Pig Guts||As Jude and Arabella get closer to doing the deed, Michael and his wife, Martha, discuss how they met and fell in love (spoiler alert: there were no pigs involved). This episode is sponsored by Leesa (www.leesa.com/OBSCURE).||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9. Episode 9 - Cruising||While on a Caribbean cruise, Michael notices how whether on a big boat in the ocean, or a small town in Victorian England, little has changed for those looking for love.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8. Episode 8 - The Knob of His Stick||Ahhh, Arabella! Jude has it bad. Will he throw away his dream for the first girl to catch his eye?||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7. Episode 7 - Hoity-toity!||It’s the Victorian rom-com episode! Starring Jude, with special guest star David Cross. This episode is sponsored by Leesa (www.leesa.com/OBSCURE).||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6. Episode 6 - Jude, Buck Up!||Jude struggles with achieving his goals, which leads Michael to discuss his own life challenges with bestie Michael Showalter. This episode is sponsored by Leesa (www.leesa.com/obscure)||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5. Episode 5 - A Little Manliness||Michael compares the world of Jude the Obscure to River City, Iowa, and he asks writer Nell Scovell if there’s a pill he can take for his Female Problem.||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4. Episode 4 - Prayer and the Wicked Jew||Friend Krista Tippett joins the conversation about what is hope and why it’s so important, not just to poor Jude, but all of us.||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3. Episode 3 - Jack-Jack||Michael realizes that Jude has much in common with his ugly rescue dog, Jack-Jack. This episode is sponsored by Leesa (www.leesa.com/OBSCURE).||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2. Episode 2 - A Clapper to the Ass||It’s hard being stuck in a small town with dreams of bigger things. Sometimes it takes a clapper to the ass to get you on your way. This episode is sponsored by Audible (www.audible.com/OBSCURE or text OBSCURE to 500-500).||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1. Episode 1 - To Begin||Michael explains why this is probably a terrible idea, as he begins reading "Jude The Obscure."||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing Obscure||Subscribe now - Episode 1 of Obscure premieres June 8th.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Best Audiobook Ever
The best way to consume a classic that you probably should have read in college but didn’t is to have Michael Ian Black read it to you. His commentary keeps it interesting and makes it funny... plus, he’s a genuinely good narrator!
Jude the dude
Just finished episode 2 and it has me laughing, not just because MIB is talking ‘bout puddin’ but his dry wit is quite entertaining. I am feeling an Oliver Twist sort of attachment to the main character of the story already. A lover of olde English lit, I too have never read and am enjoying listening whilst folding the laundry, walking the dog, etc.😘Also a good escape from current events.😰
Anyone who likes books on tape will love this upgrade.