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Obscure with Michael Ian Black

Earwolf

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.

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.

Location:

United States

Networks:

Earwolf

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 75 - The End

11/29/2019
Death comes for Jude, while Michael welcomes a new life.

Duration:00:44:04

Episode 74 - In Need of a Eulogy

11/22/2019
While Michael plans a eulogy, Jude hangs to life, and Arabella plans her next move. Mrs. Edlin visits to inform Jude that Sue has “properly” become a wife to her new husband, causing Jude to rail against the time in which they exist.

Duration:00:31:43

Episode 73 - Weddings Be Funerals

11/15/2019
Ghosts continue to haunt Jude, and Michael can relate. Meanwhile, Sue continues to doubt both herself and her choices and finally decides who to share a bed with.

Duration:00:43:59

Episode 72 - If Misery Can Know Happiness

11/8/2019
Jude and Sue reunite and declare their love for each other. Despite Michael’s prediction, Jude survives the trip and struggles back to Christminster. Later, Michael's wife Martha joins him to talk about regrets.

Duration:00:41:54

Episode 71 - Kill Your Own Flame

11/1/2019
After Arabella rejects Jude’s dying wish, he travels to Marygreen and comes face-to-face with Sue for what may be the last time.

Duration:00:35:28

Episode 70 - The Obscure We See Eventually

10/25/2019
Three months after remarrying Arabella, Jude seems to be dying of a broken heart and begs Arabella to ask Sue to visit. Arabella is outraged.

Duration:00:37:34

Episode 69 - Sodden with Booze

10/18/2019
Arabella and her father keep Jude drunk for days at a party with his old drinking companions. Soon it becomes clear that this conniving pair have a hidden agenda.

Duration:00:37:56

Episode 68 - Ashes to Ashes

10/11/2019
From the Jack-Jack Memorial Reading Throne, Michael is almost finished with the book. Jude allows Arabella to get him drunk and take him back to her father’s house where he invites her to “burn” him.

Duration:00:34:02

Episode 67 - Every Period Is Unsettled

10/4/2019
Michael takes a break from reading to share his difficult week with listeners in an episode of reflection.

Duration:00:25:16

Episode 66 - Nobody’s Nuthin’ to Me

9/27/2019
Arabella's finagling her way into Jude’s life, yet again, and Jude learns about Sue and Philloston’s remarriage. Another death seems imminent.

Duration:00:35:02

Episode 65 - Wild, Wild Horses

9/20/2019
After an inspired night at the theatre, Michael discusses how Hardy matches up to Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Sue and Phillotson walk down the aisle (again).

Duration:00:29:03

Episode 64 - Forgive and Forget?

9/13/2019
The drama continues as Sue arrives at Philloston's house in preparation to remarry him. But can she go through with it? Can he? Can Michael? And later, Michael asks friend and author Gary Shteyngart what the hell is going on in this book.

Duration:00:48:16

Episode 63 - Our Marriage Is Not Cancelled!

9/6/2019
As Michael celebrates his birthday, our beloved characters continue to spiral.

Duration:00:46:32

Episode 62 - Who Were We to Think We Could Act as Pioneers?

8/30/2019
Despite Jude’s pleas, Sue’s grief leads her to believe she must go back to her first husband to save her soul. And Michael continues to work through his issues with Jack-Jack. This episode is sponsored by Petronics (www.petronics.io/OBSCURE code: OBSCURE)

Duration:00:48:42

Episode 61 - Death, Death, Dammedable Death

8/23/2019
Micheal continues to predict Jude’s fate as he dissects a dark and heated conversation between lovers Jude and Sue. And Michael talks with "God Land" writer Lyz Lenz about leaving her own marriage and faith and naming her son...Jude! This episode is sponsored by Petronics (www.petronics.io/obscure code: OBSCURE).

Duration:00:50:02

Episode 60 - Without Faith. Without Hope. Without Direction

8/16/2019
Jude and Sue grapple in the aftermath of their devastating tragedy, while Michael steels himself against further sorrow. This episode is sponsored by Petronics (www.petronics.io/obscure code: OBSCURE)

Duration:00:35:51

Taking a Breather

8/9/2019
Michael takes a break amidst all of the suffering to indulge listeners in a calming meditative session.

Duration:00:05:55

Episode 59 - Done Because We Are Too Menny

8/2/2019
As we head towards the final pages, Michael is thrown off by a surprising turn of events, which starts with Little Father Time questioning Sue about life and culminates in a startling chilling discovery that changes everything.

Duration:00:35:59

Episode 58 - No Room at the Inn

7/26/2019
After facing his failure at the Christminister honorary degree presentation, an ailing Jude hits the road where he and Sue face more rejection for their marital status. And Michael finds common ground with Jude as he prepares to send his son off to college. This episode is sponsored by Petronics (www.petronics.io/obscure code: OBSCURE).

Duration:00:35:20

Episode 57 - Christminster: Returning to the Seat of His Dreams

7/19/2019
Jude and family return to Christminster, Michael returns to Vegas, and everyone grapples with where they find themselves in life. Michael speaks with actor Joshua Malina about poker. This episode is sponsored by Petronics (www.petronics.io/obscure code: OBSCURE).

Duration:00:49:41