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Season 2:
The Orbiting Human Circus in Naughty Till New Years

Another podcast adventure from the Orbiting Human Circus is currently in production. This all-new story is a co-production of WNYC Studios and Night Vale Presents and will be released in Fall 2019. Stay tuned for more coming soon!

Season 2 was written and directed by Julian Koster and produced by Christy Gressman. Full credits below.

 

Featuring

John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, David Barlow, Dan Solomon, Jessie Shelton, Miche Braden, Nicholas Carter, and Harrison Beckwith, with Walter Lowery, Julian Koster, and many more!

Season 2 Credits

Written and Directed by Julian Koster

Produced by Christy Gressman

Musical Composition & Arrangement by Thomas Hughes

Music by The Music Tapes

Lead Editor | Grant Stewart

Sound Design by Jonathan Siri-Mohs, John Ringhofer, Steve Espinola

Additional Production and Mixing by Will Stanton

Engineering by Vincent Cacchione

Assistant Editors | Jaanelle Yee, Emily Marinoff, Jeff Tobias

Associate Producer | Robbie Cucchiaro

Select archival materials provided by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archive of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. To learn more visit nypl.org.

Updated credits to come.

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Season 1:
The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air)

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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?

The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) was first released as an 8-episode podcast by Night Vale Presents in 2016–2017. It was re-released by WNYC Studios, with a new director’s cut of the finale, in 2018.

Season 1 was written and co-directed by Julian Koster, co-directed by and developed with Ellie Heyman, and produced by Christy Gressman. Full credits below.

Season 1 Episodes

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Episode 1

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.

Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Susannah Flood, Julian Koster, Brian Dewan, Jessie Shelton, Dan Solomon, Hy Wolfe, Cecil Baldwin, John Zdrojeski, and Joan Hirsch.

Episode 2

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.

Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Mandy Patinkin, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Julian Koster, Susannah Flood, Dan Solomon, Shannon Conley, and Walter Lowery.

Episode 3

Will the famed storytelling cricket return? Plus, Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis perform Shakespeare, and the janitor pushes host John Cameron to the very brink.

Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Julian Koster, Susannah Flood, Dan Solomon, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Ron Berman, Meg Bashwiner, Jessie Shelton, Hy Wolfe, Becky Lauer, and the Alicia Svigals Klezmer Ensemble featuring the late Evan Harlan (Julian’s uncle) on accordion and North the Singing Saw.

Episode 4

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

Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Julian Koster, Walter Lowery, Susannah Flood, Dan Solomon, Ron Berman, Gavin Roca, Vin Roca, and Dennis Koster.

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Episode 5

An on-air hypnosis demonstration goes horribly wrong. Plus: the janitor sings!

Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Julian Koster, Susannah Flood, Dan Solomon, Ben Chase, John Zdrojeski, Ron Berman, Chris Ferry, and JJ Gonson.

Episode 6

A special tale for the holiday season—or any season. Plus, the saws sing for the janitor!

Featuring Larry “Ratso” Sloman, John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Julian Koster, and Susannah Flood.

Episode 7

Hold onto your hats – extraordinary events strike the Orbiting Human Circus!

Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Julian Koster, Susannah Flood, Dan Solomon, John Zdrojeski, Meg Bashwiner, and Robbie Cucchiaro.

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Episode 8

The fate of the janitor—and the show—hang in the balance as the Orbiting Human Circus races towards its breathtaking conclusion! (Updated Director’s Cut of the finale.)

Featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Drew Callander, Julian Koster, Susannah Flood, Dan Solomon, Cecil Baldwin, Shannon Conley, and Chris Ferry.

 
 
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Season 1 Credits

Written and Co-Directed by Julian Koster

Co-Directed by & Developed with Ellie Heyman

Produced by Christy Gressman

Musical Composition & Arrangement by Thomas Hughes

Music by The Music Tapes

Chief Sound Designer | Eric Sluyter

Chief Recording Engineer | Vincent Cacchione

Editing by Grant Stewart, Julian Koster

Lathe Cutting by Steve Espinola

Copywriting & Piano Performance by Andy Lauer

Associate Producer | Robbie Cucchiaro

Production Managing by Christy Gressman, Callie Jane Farnsworth, Mary Ellen Stebbins, Blaze Ferrer

Additional Creative Contributions by Jeff Mangum, James Anderson, Aaron Ardisson, Drew Callander, Ben Chase, Brian Dewan, Peter Tedeschi

Logo & Artwork by Christy & Julian

Gowns by Lilith

 
 
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An Orbiting Human Circus Special:
The 2nd Imaginary Symphony

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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 the secret of how clouds are born.

The 2nd Imaginary Symphony has existed in many forms and sharing it has become an Orbiting Human Circus holiday tradition.

Listen

The 2nd Imaginary Symphony Credits

Written, Directed, and Audio Produced by Julian Koster

Performed by Brian Dewan

Produced for Podcasting by Christy Gressman

with 

Augustus Plumb as Himself

2nd Imaginary Symphony Music by Julian Koster & The Music Tapes

PBC Music by Thomas Hughes

Sound Effects/Musique Concrète by JM Koster with W Cullen Hart, J Dahl, and JN Mangum

Magic Tape Organ by Eric Harris

Euphonium and Trumpet by R Cucchiaro

Fun Machine by Jeremy Barnes