Written and created by musician and storyteller Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes), The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is the story of a mysteriously impossible variety show broadcast from the ballroom at the top of the Eiffel Tower and the janitor who longs to become a part of it. Set to air as a podcast through the new Night Vale Presents network, The Orbiting Human Circus premieres on October 12th, and new episodes will post every other Wednesday through February 1, 2017.

This fall the Janitor will be cleaning a venue near you, giving you a chance to literally walk into the world of The Orbiting Human Circus. Featuring Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and The Music Tapes.

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The live and audio shows are Co-directed by and developed with noted boundary-pushing New York theater director Ellie Heyman and produced by Christy Gressman, The Orbiting Human Circus continues Koster’s fascination with and exploration of layering of sound environments, stories, and songs. In its nine-episode first season, The Orbiting Human Circus follows a lonely janitor, played by Koster, working atop the Eiffel Tower, who 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? The Orbiting Human Circus offers an invitation to a world you can return to again and again.


About Night Vale Presents:Inspired to “keep finding new ways to tell stories within what is still a very young medium,” Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink launched the Night Vale Presents network in early 2016, continuing their mission to encourage independent podcasting from writers and artists who haven’t worked in the format before. The cornerstone of the network is Welcome to Night Vale, which has grown to be one of the most downloaded podcasts in the world since its debut in 2012. There have now been over 140 million downloads of the twice-monthly show, which is presented in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Fink and Cranor’s other original series –Alice Isn’t Dead and Within The Wires– both debuted in the iTunes top 10 and have gone on to critical and listener acclaim. For more information, go to