The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air)

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 and Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Drew Callander, Welcome to Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin and 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.
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Feb 8, 2017

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 called The Orbiting Human Circus, out on Merge Records on February 10, 2017 (and available for pre-order on February 8). For more information, go to or

We will be back with Season Two! In the meantime, keep checking for news about 2017 tour dates and a different Orbiting Human Circus podcast to come this spring!

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Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Featuring musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and music by The Music Tapes.

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