11 episodes

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.

The Orbiting Human Circus Night Vale Presents

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    • 4.6, 884 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
884 Ratings

884 Ratings

kit sherman ,

lovely!

wonderful, whimsical, with a very relatable and endearing protagonist, and [mild spoilers but trying to minimize] the twist at the end is the best of its trope that i've ever seen.

I'm cry ,

audio that feels like a warm blanket

i listened to this podcast back when it was first released, and every few months, i revisit it to listen to it all again.
this podcast is the definition of cozy to me, with its surreal stories and a main character i can’t help but be endeared by (i’ve read reviews calling him annoying, but i couldn’t disagree more).
the music, the tone, and the feelings this podcast invoke in me is pure, childlike wonder and a comfort only comparable to being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold winter day with someone you love.

there isn’t much of a story, sure, but that doesn’t bother me with this one like it does with others, simply on the basis of how much i enjoy the characters and world of it.

KT every nickname is taken ,

I hate the janitor with a passion

The podcast itself is interesting and pleasing to the ear. However, the janitor(who is the main character, mind you) is the most annoying thing I have ever heard. I’m not going to lie, it’s 100% his terrible, terrible voice. Why does he always sound like he’s crying or getting ready to cry? Why does he mumble every word that comes out of his mouth? It sounds like he’s playing chubby bunny while having a panic attack.
What makes it worse is that when you listen to the commentary at the end of each episode, the voice actor just sounds like a normal dude. So why does his character’s voice make me want to throw myself off of a building? I was hoping that he would die in episode 8 so I wouldn’t have to listen to him anymore. Good Lord.

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