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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May 10, 2017

Found in a rubbish pile in Paris, this astonishing recording was passed from hand to hand until it became a French holiday classic. A story about one who ran away, one who disappeared, and the secret of how clouds are born. An Orbiting Human Circus Special from Julian Koster, premiering on May 10, 2017 with new episodes every other Wednesday through July 7, 2017. Part of the Night Vale Presents network.

Come visit your friends the Janitor, the Narrator, and the Orkestral live, and walk into the world of the Orbiting Human Circus in May and June 2017. For upcoming North American tour dates, visit

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Written, directed, and audio produced by Julian Koster, 
Performed by Brian Dewan, 
Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman,


Augustus Plumb as Himself, 
2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster and the Music Tapes, 
PBC Music by Thomas Hughes, 
Sound Effects/Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum, 
Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris, 
Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro,
Fun Machine by Jeremy Barnes, and 
Logo by Julian Koster.

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