The Orbiting Human Circus

A Fiction, Drama and Arts podcast
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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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17 episodes
When someone tells you that fiction podcasts are just radio dramas 2.0, don't try to explain to them all the nuances that differentiate the two. They're just thinking about The Orbiting Human Circus: a beautiful show that weaves its tale with the magic of days gone by (literally, I guess...)
This show employs spot-on vintage audio filters and old-timey acting performances that send you into a wonderful state of being an awed, child-eyed wonderer. You'll shrink down and float into the grills of a vintage wooden wireless radio set and meet a fantastic world of characters and events. Modern podcast sensibilities comingle and the juxtaposition is most intriguing. Black humor, slapstick and pathos flicker about. A truly unique podcast and I'm assuming the live show is equally beguiling!

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Podcast Details

Oct 5th, 2016
Latest Episode
Jun 17th, 2020
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