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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Nov 23, 2016

Hear the tale of history’s greatest rhythmic genius, meet a remarkable platypus, and follow the janitor as he wanders Paris by night.

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Featuring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, with Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier and Brian Dewan as the Spokesperson of the Perpetual Broadcasting Corporation.

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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  • two and a half years ago
    Jon Seagrave
    Hi... just wanted you to know that this little series is one of the best audio 'somethings' that I've heard in years. Really, really inventive and full of a quiet magic... and I stumbled on it by chance, as one does with all the finest things in life. Whatever you do, don't stop. Jon, Bristol, England.
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