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 3, 2017

An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony. 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 disappeared, one who ran away, and the secret of how clouds are born.

The 2nd Imaginary Symphony premieres on May 10, 2017, with four new episodes — followed by a bonus fifth episode — to be released every other Wednesday. Part of the Night Vale Presents network, Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast player via

The Orbiting Human Circus is on tour in May and June 2017! Come visit your friends the Janitor, the Narrator, and the Orchestral live, and walk into the world of the Orbiting Human Circus. For dates,

Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster, 
Performed by Brian Dewan, and
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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