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Obscure with Michael Ian Black

169 episodes - English - Latest episode: 1 day ago - ★★★★★ - 1.5K ratings

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. First he read the Thomas Hardy classic, Jude the Obscure.He had help from Jen Kirkman, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter, and even his teenage daughter. Now he's back with a new book to read out loud and comment as he goes.  Support this show and access bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack

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Episodes

S2 Episode 15 - Big Buddy

February 23, 2021 12:00 - 32 minutes - 30.1 MB

It's alive!!! The culmination of all of Frankenstein's work and toil basically ends with him taking a nap. What the hell?  If you like what you hear, please support us! Patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 14 - Butt Stuff

February 16, 2021 12:00 - 30 minutes - 28.1 MB

Young Victor Frankenstein is gettin' down and dirty in this episode of grotesqueries. PLUS, Michael makes obvious and probably tedious observations about Christianity!  Want even more Obscure! There's bonus content available at patreon.com/michaelianblack.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 13 - Going from Point A to Point X

February 09, 2021 12:00 - 36 minutes - 33.8 MB

This month's bonus content includes camping chat, deli chat, book club and more! Join us at patreon.com/michaelianblack.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 12 - Working the Poll

February 02, 2021 12:00 - 30 minutes - 28.3 MB

A blast from the past Election Day episode! Michael gets busy working that poll, and Victor Frankenstein gets busy figuring out the nature of creation. One of them deserves a tip.  This month's bonus content includes camping chat, deli chat, book club and more! Join us at patreon.com/michaelianblack.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 11 - The Outlook is Cloudy (and Grim)

January 26, 2021 12:00 - 34 minutes - 31.9 MB

Recorded with Election Eve looming, Michael attempts to discern the future and compare Frankenstein's experimentation with our own. Does he take the comparisons too far? Of course. This month's bonus content includes book club, deli chat, Michael's letters and more! Support us at patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 10 - ORGY

January 19, 2021 12:00 - 31 minutes - 28.5 MB

Maybe you thought there wouldn't be an orgy this season. WRONG!  Support us at patreon.com/michaelianblack if you love book clubs and bonus content! Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 9 - In the Bubble

January 12, 2021 12:00 - 34 minutes - 32 MB

Coming to you from a Hyatt Regency somewhere in Southern California, it's a quarantine episode of Frankenstein, in which Michael does his perfect Italian accent SEVERAL TIMES!!!  This month's bonus content includes camping & deli chat, book club and more! Support us at patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 08 - The Full Leno

January 05, 2021 12:00 - 34 minutes - 31.9 MB

Somehow, after 7 episodes, Michael only now begins the actual story of Frankenstein. "Hey Shakespeare, why are you only starting Frankenstein's story now?" And we meet an angel from heaven.  This month's bonus content includes book club, deli chat, Michael's letters and more! Support us at patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 7 - Bissy, Bicy, Bishy, Bitch

December 29, 2020 12:00 - 32 minutes - 29.7 MB

Michael dives deep into Mr. Shelley and finds UNCANNY parallels between the husband and wife. HORROR! BEAUTY! HEADLESS LADY!!! This month's bonus content includes book club, deli chat, Michael's letters and more! Get it all at patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 6 - Brother, Sledge

December 22, 2020 12:00 - 32 minutes - 30 MB

Walton believes he has finally found a brother in Frankenstein who, like soup, begins to warm his wandering heart. And brandy. Soup and brandy. And a bathtub stirred with a boomerang. Because here on Obscure, we remain unafraid to mix our metaphors.  This month's bonus content includes book club, letters from Michael + extra audio! Support us at patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 5 - Here They Be Daemons

December 15, 2020 12:00 - 31 minutes - 28.9 MB

Walton, at long last, meets Frankenstein! And Frankenstein begins to tell his sordid tale. (I don't know yet if it's actually "sordid" but fuck it.)  This month's bonus content includes book club, letters from Michael, extra audio + more! Support us at patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 4 - Like A Hit of Heroin

December 08, 2020 12:00 - 28 minutes - 26.2 MB

In which Michael describes a trembling and fearful sensation! Marlow describes his intention of getting to "the land of mist and snow," and I solve a literary mystery.  This month's bonus content includes camping chat, deli chat, book club and more! Join us at patreon.com/michaelianblack.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 3 - Clearing the Tree

December 01, 2020 12:00 - 31 minutes - 28.6 MB

Friendships are lacking and Michael kicks Nature's stupid ass.  This month's bonus content includes camping chat, deli chat, book club and more! Join us at patreon.com/michaelianblack.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 2 - It's Still Alive

November 24, 2020 12:00 - 33 minutes - 30.8 MB

Michael continues his Frankenstein journey. This month's bonus content includes camping chat, deli chat, book club and more! Join us at patreon.com/michaelianblack   Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

S2 Episode 1 - It's Alive

November 17, 2020 12:00 - 36 minutes - 33 MB

Our first episode of Obscure Season 2: Frankenstein is alive. Listen, love, laugh & review. This month's bonus content include's camping chat, deli chat, book club and more! Join us at patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Obscure Season 2...It's Alive

November 13, 2020 14:00 - 2 minutes - 2.28 MB

Michael is back and better than ever! Well, he's back! Join more of the fun at patreon.com/michaelianblack Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 75 - The End

November 29, 2019 05:00 - 44 minutes - 40.4 MB

Death comes for Jude, while Michael welcomes a new life.

Episode 75 - The End.

November 29, 2019 05:00 - 44 minutes - 40.4 MB

Death comes for Jude, while Michael welcomes a new life. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 74 - In Need of a Eulogy

November 22, 2019 05:00 - 31 minutes - 29.1 MB

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.

Episode 74 - In Need of a Eulogy.

November 22, 2019 05:00 - 31 minutes - 29.1 MB

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. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 73 - Weddings Be Funerals.

November 15, 2019 05:00 - 44 minutes - 40.3 MB

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. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 73 - Weddings Be Funerals

November 15, 2019 05:00 - 44 minutes - 40.3 MB

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.

Episode 72 - If Misery Can Know Happiness.

November 08, 2019 05:00 - 41 minutes - 38.4 MB

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.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 72 - If Misery Can Know Happiness

November 08, 2019 05:00 - 41 minutes - 38.4 MB

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. 

Episode 71 - Kill Your Own Flame

November 01, 2019 04:00 - 35 minutes - 32.5 MB

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.

Episode 71 - Kill Your Own Flame.

November 01, 2019 04:00 - 35 minutes - 32.5 MB

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. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 70 - The Obscure We See Eventually.

October 25, 2019 04:00 - 36 minutes - 33.4 MB

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.   See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 70 - The Obscure We See Eventually

October 25, 2019 04:00 - 36 minutes - 33.4 MB

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.  

Episode 69 - Sodden with Booze.

October 18, 2019 04:00 - 37 minutes - 34.8 MB

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. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 69 - Sodden with Booze

October 18, 2019 04:00 - 37 minutes - 34.8 MB

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.

Episode 68 - Ashes to Ashes.

October 11, 2019 04:00 - 32 minutes - 30.1 MB

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. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 68 - Ashes to Ashes

October 11, 2019 04:00 - 32 minutes - 30 MB

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.

Episode 67 - Every Period Is Unsettled

October 04, 2019 04:00 - 25 minutes - 23.2 MB

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

Episode 67 - Every Period Is Unsettled.

October 04, 2019 04:00 - 25 minutes - 23.2 MB

Michael takes a break from reading to share his difficult week with listeners in an episode of reflection. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 66 - Nobody’s Nuthin’ to Me

September 27, 2019 04:00 - 33 minutes - 30.9 MB

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

Episode 66 - Nobody’s Nuthin’ to Me.

September 27, 2019 04:00 - 33 minutes - 30.9 MB

Arabella's finagling her way into Jude’s life, yet again, and Jude learns about Sue and Philloston’s remarriage. Another death seems imminent. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 65 - Wild, Wild Horses

September 20, 2019 04:00 - 29 minutes - 26.6 MB

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

Episode 65 - Wild, Wild Horses.

September 20, 2019 04:00 - 29 minutes - 26.6 MB

After an inspired night at the theatre, Michael discusses how Hardy matches up to Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Sue and Phillotson walk down the aisle (again).   See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 64 - Forgive and Forget?.

September 13, 2019 04:00 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

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. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 64 - Forgive and Forget?

September 13, 2019 04:00 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

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.

Episode 63 - Our Marriage Is Not Cancelled!

September 06, 2019 04:00 - 46 minutes - 42.7 MB

As Michael celebrates his birthday, our beloved characters continue to spiral.

Episode 63 - Our Marriage Is Not Cancelled!.

September 06, 2019 04:00 - 46 minutes - 42.7 MB

As Michael celebrates his birthday, our beloved characters continue to spiral. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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

August 30, 2019 04:00 - 44 minutes - 41.2 MB

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)

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

August 30, 2019 04:00 - 44 minutes - 41.2 MB

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) See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 61 - Death, Death, Dammedable Death

August 23, 2019 04:17 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

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).

Episode 61 - Death, Death, Dammedable Death.

August 23, 2019 04:17 - 48 minutes - 44.4 MB

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). See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 60 - Without Faith. Without Hope. Without Direction.

August 16, 2019 04:00 - 33 minutes - 31.1 MB

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) See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 60 - Without Faith. Without Hope. Without Direction

August 16, 2019 04:00 - 33 minutes - 31.1 MB

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)

Taking a Breather

August 09, 2019 04:00 - 5 minutes - 5.46 MB

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

Taking a Breather.

August 09, 2019 04:00 - 5 minutes - 5.46 MB

Michael takes a break amidst all of the suffering to indulge listeners in a calming meditative session. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/michaelianblack See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.