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Obscure with Michael Ian Black

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 ...Show More

59:21 | Jun 14th

Jude’s son arrives, and Sue feels an instant connection. But a wise old widow warns the couple of a tragic doom to come.

39:05 | Jun 7th

A surprising plot development makes Sue reconsider marrying Jude. Plus, Michael’s wife Martha returns to discuss this new intrigue.

42:18 | May 31st

Jude agrees to stop asking Sue about marriage, but a knock at the door leads to more revelations and a confrontation between the two women competing for the stonemason’s heart. This episode is sponsored by Roman (www.getroman.com/OBSCURE).

30:57 | May 17th

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.

46:00 | May 10th

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.

34:42 | May 3rd

After receiving advice from a friend, Phillotson makes a surprising decision which leads Sue back to Jude. This episode is sponsored by Roman (www.roman.com/OBSCURE).

48:17 | Apr 26th

Phillotson puzzles over how he should respond to the news that Sue wants out of their marriage, and Michael talks to Mike Birbiglia about wanting out of a La Quinta.

35:47 | Apr 19th

Sue and Michael both make confessions of the heart. This episode is sponsored by ButcherBox (www.butcherbox.com/OBSCURE code: OBSCURE).

38:07 | Apr 5th

Jude, Sue & Jack Jack all struggle to break free of the ties that bind them. This episode is sponsored by Roman (www.getroman.com/OBSCURE).

35:07 | Mar 29th

A death in the family brings Sue and Jude together, once again providing Michael with another 'will they or won’t they' moment to pick apart.

38:29 | Mar 22nd

Jude & Sue finally meet for tea, and Michael is joined by special guest reader, RISK! host Kevin Allison.

36:06 | Mar 15th

Jude distracts himself from women by joining the church choir. And Michael distracts himself from life with episodes of Fargo.

36:04 | Mar 8th

Jude and Arabella meet for the first time since her marriage. The emotional S&M ensues.

37:33 | Mar 1st

Natasha Leggero joins Michael for a special live reading of Jude at Sketchfest in San Francisco.

33:11 | Feb 22nd

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 (www.ramisfilmschool.com or call 312-883-1241).

38:48 | Feb 15th

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.

27:42 | Feb 8th

Jude confesses his romantic past to Sue. And Michael confesses his romantic past to you.

32:54 | Feb 1st

The plot thickens as we catch up with Phillotson, out in search of the truth about Sue.

37:09 | Jan 25th

Michael contemplates throwing the book into the fire in frustration while Jude and Sue go round and round.

32:32 | Jan 18th

Sue finally admits she sees love in Jude's eyes, and Michael sees himself in Jude.

44:19 | Jan 11th

Sue reveals her true self to Jude, and Michael has an epiphany about why this book is considered a classic.

40:11 | Jan 4th

Michael is joined by Another Period co-star Paget Brewster to read an intimate scene between the notorious cousins following an incident with Sue’s gossipy classmates.

29:13 | Dec 28th, 2018

Jude the Obscure is getting hot, and Michael is all aflutter!

38:31 | Dec 21st, 2018

Jude goes to Melchester where a lonely Sue makes a startling confession.

33:32 | Dec 14th, 2018

Jude heads back to Marygreen with his tail between his legs. And we learn that Michael's just a human too. This episode is sponsored by RXBAR (www.RXBAR.com/OBSCURE code: OBSCURE).

48:23 | Dec 7th, 2018

Michael turns to fellow comedian Guy Branum to help break down Jude’s Latin performance at the local tavern. This episode is sponsored by Away (www.awaytravel.com/obscure code: OBSCURE).

39:42 | Nov 30th, 2018

Jude realizes he may never get the higher education he has always wanted, and Michael talks to his old friend David Wain about handling disappointment. This episode is sponsored by Man of the People with Pat Tomasulo (www.wgntv.com/LIVE).

36:26 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Ghosts and Zombies and Meth Heads, oh my! This episode is sponsored by Man of the People with Pat Tomasulo (www.wgntv.com/LIVE).

43:19 | Nov 16th, 2018

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)

52:27 | Nov 9th, 2018

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).

32:32 | Nov 2nd, 2018

We learn more about Jude's special cousin Sue Bridehead, who is also looking for something new in her life.

36:53 | Oct 26th, 2018

Jude’s interest in his cousin Sue Bridehead leads him to follow her to church. Will he finally speak to her?

33:10 | Oct 19th, 2018

Jude gets settled in Christminster, and decides to seek out his cousin Sue. This episode is sponsored by Heineken.

33:53 | Oct 5th, 2018

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

45:52 | Sep 28th, 2018

Jude arrives in Christminster, and Michael and comedian Maeve Higgins tell ghost stories.

28:47 | Sep 21st, 2018

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

41:38 | Sep 14th, 2018

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.

33:18 | Sep 7th, 2018

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

34:00 | Aug 31st, 2018

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).

39:18 | Aug 24th, 2018

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).

45:06 | Aug 17th, 2018

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).

43:55 | Aug 10th, 2018

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).

34:27 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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.

28:51 | Jul 27th, 2018

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

36:30 | Jul 20th, 2018

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).

46:42 | Jul 13th, 2018

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)

32:03 | Jul 6th, 2018

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.

40:17 | Jun 29th, 2018

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.

31:28 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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).

29:15 | Jun 15th, 2018

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).

29:56 | Jun 8th, 2018

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

02:50 | May 22nd, 2018

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