The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air)
By Night Vale Presents
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Atop the Eiffel Tower, a lonely janitor stumbles into a series of alternately surreal and comic adventures as he becomes part of a mystery: what is the secret behind the wildly popular, bizarrely impossible live radio variety show being broadcast from the tower’s top? John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, Mandy Patinkin, Charlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Drew Callendar, Welcome to Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin & Meg Bashwiner, Susannah Flood, and many more star in this immersive, cinematic universe from the imagination of Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel). Season One premieres on October 12. New episodes every other Wednesday through February 1, 2017. Co-directed by Ellie Heyman. Part of the Night Vale Presents network.
||CleanSeason One, Bonus Episode (your questions)||Julian reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets and stories of the Orbiting Human Circus (and answers your questions!) in this special bonus episode. If you liked the songs the Janitor sang on the show, you can get them on a new EP by the Music Tapes...||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One, Episode 8||The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Drew Callander, and Susannah Flood, with Cecil Baldwin and Shannon...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One, Episode 7||Hold onto your hats – extraordinary events strike the Orbiting Human Circus! Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, and Drew Callander. A new part of the janitor’s story will be told live in 2017. Tour dates coming soon at...||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One, Episode 6||A special tale for the holiday season—or any season. Plus, the saws sing for the janitor! Featuring Larry “Ratso” Sloman, John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, and Drew Callander. A new part of the janitor's story will be told live in 2017....||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One, Episode 5||An on-air hypnosis demonstration goes horribly wrong. Plus: the janitor sings! Thanks to Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans for their generous support of the show! Check out Rocket Mortgage at www.QuickenLoans.com/OHC. The next chapter of the...||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One, Episode 4 (The Janitor's Nights)||Hear the tale of history’s greatest rhythmic genius, meet a remarkable platypus, and follow the janitor as he wanders Paris by night. Thank you for listening! Help support the show by taking our audience survey at...||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One, Episode 3||Will the famed storytelling cricket (Tim Robbins) return? Plus, Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis perform Shakespeare as you’ve never heard it and the janitor pushes host John Cameron to the very brink. Thanks to Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans...||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One, Episode 2 (The Cricket)||Hear Mandy Patinkin perform an extraordinary musicological demonstration and a cricket (Tim Robbins) spin the spellbinding tale of Ladislas Koskovsky. Plus, learn the remarkable history of Julian the janitor's famous great-grandfather. Thanks to...||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One, Episode 1||Welcome to the world of The Orbiting Human Circus: discover the surreally impossible radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower, meet the lonely janitor who longs to become part of it, and settle in for the chilling tale of Goolsby and Rue....||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) - Teaser||A brand new podcast from Night Vale Presents, created by Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel). Season One premieres on October 12. New episodes every other Wednesday through February 1, 2017. Subscribe now via iTunes or your favorite podcast...||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I get a feeling.
It has the same sort of meandering plot, which is more solid than night vale's but still like subplots within a large one. Unlike night vale, which hits me hard with it's sci-fi fantasy and morbid humor, this one seems more like a slice of life. A warmer, more connecting magic that moves me, pulls me in closer with the stories that are sometimes macabre, but also sometimes touching and profound, with a personal touch to it. The fourth episode with Julian telling the rhythm story was my favorite thing ever, with the quiet boat ride at night in the background completing the melancholic hope of the story. I absolutely love it. The 1930s theme also gives it an appeal of the possibilities the small world that a radio station could have, along with the pieces of far away places with the different oddities the show presents. I love night vale, but the differences this podcast has makes me love it just the same, sometimes more depending on mood.
This podcast is so awesome
What I've been waiting to hear.
FYI I've listened to the first two episodes about 5 times each already. The setting, the story, the characters, the voice acting and production - it's wonderful, and something I've been waiting to hear. I'm very glad the creators have brought this into existence.
I wish the show the best.