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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Oct 26, 2016

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.

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Featuring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, with Tim Robbins as the Cricket and Mandy Patinkin as Cantor Moishe Lebowitz

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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  • over a year ago
    Maria Mason
    Best Podcast ever! I love it. Funny, sweet, heartwarming and laugh out loud (while listening all by myself)FUNNY! Incredibly unique. I liked Nightvale as well but, The Orbiting Human Circus (of the air) is so far, the best podcast I've listened to. I can't help but smile every time I hear Julian the Janitor talk. His voice is perfect. Hell, the whole show is great and I know of nothing like it out there.
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