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Audio Drama

The Orbiting Human Circus

WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents

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Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fanta...Show More
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An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 5

1:22:12 | Jul 5th, 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 S...Show More
Coming Soon: OHC News and Anthem: Homunculus

31:13 | Apr 23rd

Hi friends! We've got a special message for you from Julian — and a preview of a wonderful new show from OHC's own John Cameron Mitchell. Anthem: Homunculus features 31 original songs delivered by 40 actors (who hold 7 Tony Awards®) and 30 musicians...Show More
The 2nd Imaginary Symphony: An Orbiting Human Circus Holiday Special

1:05:53 | Nov 20th, 2018

Welcome to what has become a wintertime tradition here in Orbiting Human Circus-land! The 2nd Imaginary Symphony was originally recorded from 1999–2001 in Athens, Georgia, and New York City by a group of best friends. It was first broadcast on WNYC i...Show More
Episode 8 – Season Finale Director’s Cut (Special Edition)

32:25 | May 21st, 2018

This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Today, Julian reveals the real ending of the season for the very first time with a new director’s cut of the Seaso...Show More
Episode 7 (Special Edition)

28:52 | May 20th, 2018

This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hold onto your hats – extraordinary events strike the Orbiting Human Circus! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr....Show More
Episode 6 (Special Edition)

31:33 | May 19th, 2018

This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. A special tale for the holiday season—or any season. Plus, the saws sing for the janitor! Starring Larry “Ratso” S...Show More
Episode 5 (Special Edition)

29:13 | May 18th, 2018

This special reissue of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. An on-air hypnosis demonstration goes horribly wrong. Plus: the janitor sings! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as M...Show More
Episode 4 – The Janitor's Nights (Special Edition)

28:48 | May 17th, 2018

This special reissue of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hear the tale of history’s greatest rhythmic genius, meet a remarkable platypus, and follow the janitor as he wand...Show More
Episode 3 (Special Edition)

30:26 | May 16th, 2018

This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Will the famed storytelling cricket (Tim Robbins) return? Plus, Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis perform Shake...Show More
Episode 2 – The Cricket (Special Edition)

39:49 | May 15th, 2018

This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Hear Mandy Patinkin perform an extraordinary musicological demonstration and a cricket (Tim Robbins) spin the spel...Show More
Episode 1 (Special Edition)

36:15 | May 14th, 2018

This special edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Welcome to the world of The Orbiting Human Circus: discover the surreally impossible radio show broadcast from the...Show More
A Special Presentation from WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents

00:36 | May 10th, 2018

A special new edition of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) Season One from WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents, with brand new episode-by-episode behind-the-scenes commentary and a director’s cut of the season finale. Discover a wondrously surr...Show More
A Special Message (while Season Two is under construction)

01:13 | Apr 26th, 2018

Mysterious and special things are about to happen. In the meantime, listen to An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony now, before it disappears for a while, or download a copy here: https://bit.ly/2I3YwAg More soon at orbitinghum...Show More
An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 4

23:00 | Jun 21st, 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 S...Show More
An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 3

21:34 | Jun 7th, 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 S...Show More
An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 2

20:56 | May 24th, 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 S...Show More
An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Episode 1

24:54 | May 10th, 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 S...Show More
An Orbiting Human Circus Special: The 2nd Imaginary Symphony, Trailer

02:44 | May 3rd, 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...Show More
A Scene: At the Eiffel Tower (and an announcement)

01:04 | Apr 19th, 2017

The Janitor and the Narrator have a discussion. For May and June 2017 U.S. tour dates, go to www.orbitinghumancircus.com/shows.  The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie H...Show More
Season One, Bonus Episode (your questions)

30:11 | Feb 8th, 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 ca...Show More
Season One, Episode 8

30:15 | Jan 25th, 2017

The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Drew Callander, and Susannah Flood, with Cecil Baldwin and Shannon Conley...Show More
Season One, Episode 7

20:22 | Jan 11th, 2017

Hold onto your hats – extraordinary events strike the Orbiting Human Circus! Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, and Drew Callander. A new part of the janitor’s story will be told live in 2017. Tour dates coming soon at www.orbitinghumanc...Show More
Season One, Episode 6

23:53 | Dec 21st, 2016

A special tale for the holiday season—or any season. Plus, the saws sing for the janitor! Featuring Larry “Ratso” Sloman, John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, and Drew Callander. A new part of the janitor's story will be told live in 2017. Check www...Show More
Season One, Episode 5

22:03 | Dec 7th, 2016

An on-air hypnosis demonstration goes horribly wrong. Plus: the janitor sings! Thanks to Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans for their generous support of the show! Check out Rocket Mortgage at www.QuickenLoans.com/OHC. The next chapter of the janitor’s...Show More
Season One, Episode 4 (The Janitor's Nights)

21:13 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Hear the tale of history’s greatest rhythmic genius, meet a remarkable platypus, and follow the janitor as he wanders Paris by night. Thank you for listening! Help support the show by taking our audience survey at www.orbitinghumancircus.com/survey a...Show More
Season One, Episode 3

26:57 | Nov 9th, 2016

Will the famed storytelling cricket (Tim Robbins) return? Plus, Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis perform Shakespeare as you’ve never heard it and the janitor pushes host John Cameron to the very brink. Go to TribecaFilm.com or download the app mo...Show More
Season One, Episode 2 (The Cricket)

31:03 | Oct 26th, 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. Go to TribecaF...Show More
Season One, Episode 1

25:39 | Oct 12th, 2016

Welcome to the world of The Orbiting Human Circus: discover the surreally impossible radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower, meet the lonely janitor who longs to become part of it, and settle in for the chilling tale of Goolsby and Rue...Show More
The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) - Teaser

02:36 | Oct 5th, 2016

A brand new podcast from Night Vale Presents, created by Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel). Season One premieres on October 12. New episodes every other Wednesday through February 1, 2017. Subscribe now via iTunes or your favorite podcast player vi...Show More