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Obscure with 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.

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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United States

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Earwolf

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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.

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English


Episodes

18. Episode 18 - Dreaming Tree

10/5/2018
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Jude meditates on ancient philosophers, and Michael mediates on modern pop music. This episode is sponsored by Heineken.

Duration:00:35:02

17. Episode 17 - You Have Arrived at Your Destination

9/28/2018
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Jude arrives in Christminster, and Michael and comedian Maeve Higgins tell ghost stories.

Duration:00:48:16

16. Episode 16 - Recapping with Ruthie

9/21/2018
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Michael sits down with his teen daughter to catch her up on Jude. This episode is sponsored by Heineken.

Duration:00:29:55

15. Episode 15 - Lonely Days

9/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:43:15

14. Episode 14 - Laying the Lard on Thick

9/7/2018
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Michael breaks out the Victorian dictionary for the first time, and Jude turns to the drink. This episode is sponsored by Heineken.

Duration:00:34:56

13. Episode 13 - JB Twisting the Knife

8/31/2018
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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).

Duration:00:35:10

12. Episode 12 - Secret and Lies

8/24/2018
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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).

Duration:00:40:54

11. Episode 11 - Putting the Bread in the Oven

8/17/2018
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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).

Duration:00:46:02

10. Episode 10 - Love in the Time of Pig Guts

8/10/2018
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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).

Duration:00:45:08

9. Episode 9 - Cruising

8/3/2018
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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.

Duration:00:34:27

8. Episode 8 - The Knob of His Stick

7/27/2018
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Ahhh, Arabella! Jude has it bad. Will he throw away his dream for the first girl to catch his eye?

Duration:00:30:26

7. Episode 7 - Hoity-toity!

7/20/2018
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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).

Duration:00:37:54

6. Episode 6 - Jude, Buck Up!

7/13/2018
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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)

Duration:00:48:16

5. Episode 5 - A Little Manliness

7/6/2018
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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.

Duration:00:26:03

4. Episode 4 - Prayer and the Wicked Jew

6/29/2018
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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.

Duration:00:41:06

3. Episode 3 - Jack-Jack

6/22/2018
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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).

Duration:00:31:28

2. Episode 2 - A Clapper to the Ass

6/15/2018
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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).

Duration:00:29:15

1. Episode 1 - To Begin

6/8/2018
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Michael explains why this is probably a terrible idea, as he begins reading "Jude The Obscure."

Duration:00:27:26

Introducing Obscure

5/22/2018
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Subscribe now - Episode 1 of Obscure premieres June 8th.

Duration:00:02:50