The Orbiting Human Circus

The Orbiting Human Circus Podcast

Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, and featuring Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. Season one of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.

The 2nd Imaginary Symphony: An Orbiting Human Circus Holiday Special
Welcome to what has become a wintertime tradition here in Orbiting Human Circus-land! The 2nd Imaginary Symphony was originally recorded from 1999–2001 in Athens, Georgia, and New York City by a group of best friends. It was first broadcast on WNYC in 2002, so it feels special to share it now through WNYC, as well as to share it again with the Night Vale Presents family, many of whom are already familiar with it. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season from all of us here at The Orbiting Human Circus! Narrat...

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Episode 8 – Season Finale Director’s Cut (Special Edition)
This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Today, Julian reveals the real ending of the season for the very first time with a new director’s cut of the Season Finale. The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susa...

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Episode 7 (Special Edition)
This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hold onto your hats – extraordinary events strike the Orbiting Human Circus! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arra...

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Episode 6 (Special Edition)
This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. A special tale for the holiday season—or any season. Plus, the saws sing for the janitor! Starring Larry “Ratso” Sloman as The Santa Claus, John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Prod...

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Episode 5 (Special Edition)
This special reissue of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. An on-air hypnosis demonstration goes horribly wrong. Plus: the janitor sings! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier, with Cecil Baldwin, Ben Chase, and JJ Gonson as Third Grade Teacher Whistling the Sabre Dance. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-direct...

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Episode 4 – The Janitor's Nights (Special Edition)
This special reissue of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hear the tale of history’s greatest rhythmic genius, meet a remarkable platypus, and follow the janitor as he wanders Paris by night. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier, and Brian Dewan as the Spokesperson of the Perpetual Broadcasting Corporation. Written and ...

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Episode 3 (Special Edition)
This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. 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. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laeticia, with Tim Robbins as the Cri...

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Episode 2 – The Cricket (Special Edition)
This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. 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. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laetici...

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Episode 1 (Special Edition)
This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. 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. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah ...

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A Special Presentation from WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents
A special new edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One from WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents, with brand new episode-by-episode behind-the-scenes commentary and a director’s cut of the season finale. Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show bro...

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