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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 (of the Air) is a co-presentation of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents.

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(Of the Air): Thirdly!

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 Shakespeare as you’ve never heard it and the janitor pushes host John Cameron to the very brink. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood at Laeticia, with Tim Robbins as the Cricket, Charlie Day as Macbeth, Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Lady Macbeth, and the Alicia Svigals Klezmer Ensemble featuring the late Evan Harlan (Julian's uncle) on accordion and North the Singing Saw. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com

24mins

16 May 2018

Rank #1

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Naughty Till New Years: Firstly, the Janitor

This is the perfect place for new listeners to begin. All your favorite Orbiting Human Circus characters return in a brand new adventure, inviting you into the mystery surrounding the lonely young janitor who lives at the Eiffel Tower... and has no idea how he got there. New episodes every other Wednesday! A co-production of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, David Barlow, Dan Solomon, and Julian Koster. Written and directed by Julian Koster, and produced by Christy Gressman. For full credits and more information, go to orbitinghumancircus.com.  Become a Friend of the Orbiting Human Circus on Patreon at https://patreon.com/orbitinghumancircus; check out shirts, pins, and more at https://topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus; and follow us on Instagram @orbitinghumancircus or Twitter @orbitinghuman. 

40mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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(Of the Air): Fourthly! – The Janitor's Nights

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 wanders Paris by night. Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, 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. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione.  For more information and full credits: www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus www.orbitinghumancircus.com

21mins

17 May 2018

Rank #3

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(Of the Air): Fifthly!

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 Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier, with Cecil Baldwin, Ben Chase, and JJ Gonson as Third Grade Teacher Whistling the Sabre Dance. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com

21mins

18 May 2018

Rank #4

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(Of the Air): Eighthly! – Director’s Cut

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 Season Finale. The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! Starring John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. If you liked the songs the Janitor sang on the show, you can get them on a new EP by the Music Tapes called “The Orbiting Human Circus,” out now on Merge Records. Get it at mergerecords.com. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircuswww.orbitinghumancircus.com

30mins

21 May 2018

Rank #5

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(Of the Air): Sixthly!

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” Sloman as The Santa Claus, John Cameron Mitchell as Mr. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus;www.orbitinghumancircus.com

21mins

19 May 2018

Rank #6

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Naughty Till New Years: Fifthly, Do You Dream?

Dreams run amok as we learn new things about John Cameron, Laeticia, the stagehands, Coco, and of course the Janitor, when we return to a stunning cliffhanger moment in the broadcast ballroom. A co-production of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Starring Walter Lowery, John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, David Barlow, Dan Solomon, Nicholas Carter, and Julian Koster. Written and directed by Julian Koster and produced by Christy Gressman; with musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and music by the Music Tapes; lead editor Grant Stewart, editor Jaanelle Yee, and assistant editors Emily Marinoff and Jeff Tobias, with Julian; sound design by Jonathan Siri-Mohs, foley by John Ringhofer, and lathe cutting by Steve Espinola; engineering by Vincent Cacchione; and additional production and mixing by Will Stanton.  Music from the show is released by Merge Records: https://smarturl.it/OrbitingS2songs.Become a Friend of the Orbiting Human Circus on Patreon: patreon.com/orbitinghumancircus, check out shirts, pins, and more at topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus, and follow us on Instagram @orbitinghumancircus or Twitter @orbitinghuman. For full credits and more information, go to orbitinghumancircus.com.

24mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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The Orbiting Human Circus Holiday Vacation

Take a holiday break with The Orbiting Human Circus. This episode isn’t a part of the story of The Orbiting Human Circus in Naughty Till New Years, but the flea and the whole OHC gang will return in Naughty till New Years on January 8, 2020, with biweekly episodes running all the way through the end of April.  A co-production of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. This special holiday episode featured Larry Ratso Sloman in First Night, Drew Callander in A Visit from the Platypus, and in the stagehands scene, Susannah Flood, David Barlow, Dan Solomon, Miche Braden, Nicholas Carter, and Julian Koster. It also featured, as many episodes do, musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes.   Written and directed by Julian Koster, and produced by Christy Gressman. For full credits and more information, go to orbitinghumancircus.com.  Music from the show is released by Merge Records: https://smarturl.it/OrbitingS2songs. Look for Into the River Thames (The Old Seagull Explains) beginning December 23, 2019, on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Bandcamp and more. Listen today on your preferred digital music service provider.  Become a Friend of the Orbiting Human Circus on Patreon: patreon.com/orbitinghumancircus, check out shirts, pins, and more at topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus, and follow us on Instagram @orbitinghumancircus or Twitter @orbitinghuman.

29mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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(Of the Air): Seventhly!

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. Cameron, Julian Koster as the Janitor, and Drew Callander as the Narrator, and Susannah Flood as Leticia Saltier. Written and created by Julian Koster. Co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman. Produced by Christy Gressman. Musical composition and arrangement by Thomas Hughes and songs by The Music Tapes, editing by Grant Stewart, sound design by Eric Sluyter, and recording engineering by Vincent Cacchione. For more information and full credits:www.wnycstudios.org/shows/orbitinghumancircus www.orbitinghumancircus.com

18mins

20 May 2018

Rank #9

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Naughty Till New Years: Thirdly... How to Disappear (Lessons I and II of III)

We are introduced to a startling ability of the Janitor’s. New episodes every other Wednesday. A co-production of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, David Barlow, Dan Solomon, Walter Lowery, and Julian Koster. Written and directed by Julian Koster, and produced by Christy Gressman. For full credits and more information, go to orbitinghumancircus.com.  Music from the show is released by Merge Records: https://smarturl.it/OrbitingS2songs. Become a Friend of the Orbiting Human Circus on Patreon: patreon.com/orbitinghumancircus, check out shirts, pins, and more at topatoco.com/collections/orbiting-human-circus, and follow us on Instagram @orbitinghumancircus or Twitter @orbitinghuman.

21mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #10