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The Orbiting Human Circus
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 fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, and featuring Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. Season one of The Orbiting Human Circus...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 1,692 ratings
This is truly wonderful and so incredibly creative. For all the bad on the internet, this is a gem. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.
Bdawg1983!! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/27/21
Faithfully listening.
I used to listen to a lot of podcasts, many I’ve given up on. From nightvale, to Alice isn’t dead, and many others. This one has been the most intriguing to me. It often feels like a I listening to a Roald Dahl book live, and the songs by the music tapes help with that imagery of a place we...Read full review »
nikkicoco2012 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/04/21
Beautifully done!
If you like creepy old cartoons and radio theater, you will love this! I was worried it was gonna be too “wacky” but it’s not. It’s absurd enough to be surreal, but still carries a story. The mini stories within the episodes are wonderful as well. This quickly became a favorite!
yermom82 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/21
Recent Episodes
Julian will be caroling holiday (virtual) gatherings and meet-ups of you, your loved ones, and friends old and new during the weekend of December 18th. You are invited to join us! Come by yourself or invite friends and family to join too. To learn how, email and...
Published 12/14/20
You are cordially invited to Julian Koster’s livestream of songs, stories, and games of The Orbiting Human Circus and The Music Tapes on Sunday, November 1st, at 3:30PM Eastern Standard Time. YouTube link here:
Published 10/31/20
Our grand conclusion.  The Orbiting Human Circus in Naughty Till New Years was a co-production of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.  Though this season has come to an end, The Orbiting Human Circus will return as soon as we can with live performances around the world, and production will...
Published 06/17/20
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