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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Magikastle
Nov 30
Rating:   10
Pure Joy

Perfect. I cry.

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omolara_505
Nov 26
Rating:   10
A bit like marmite...

I love this podcast so much and can’t recommend it more! I get how it may not be everyone’s thing but it’s def worth a try. The tone is so floaty and calming which makes it perfect for late night listening or long absent walks! Also the music is 10/10

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Rayj55
Nov 19
Rating:   10
Listen

I listened to this while I was on acid. It was by far one of the best choices I’ve ever made.

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SafeTinspector
Nov 16
Rating:   10
Just... just... go smacking....

Incredibly surreal yet touching, incoherent yet narratively sublime, continuity as solid as it is unsupportably absurd, Sublimely Kafka-esque, with production values that make me wish there were an auditory equivalent to cinematography just so I can gush about the sound framing and lighting... you have to listen so I can feel justified in my love. Why do I need you to justify my feelings? I shouldn’t... I... just want to share this with you.

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Lonely wolf32
Nov 15
Rating:   10
Feels like home

I’m so happy I came across this podcast! Feels like you're transported in time in another era or dimension. You can’t but help fall in love with Julian. So much heart and joy.

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dhtothe3
Nov 13
Rating:   10
The Janitor 💙

I am obsessed with this podcast. I can’t stop thinking about the voice of the janitor. I hear it without headphones. I listened to John Cameron Mitchell’s Anthem: Homunculus too... John please keep creating podcasts/stories like these. 😘😘Also if you need VO actors 🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️

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Tutemi
Nov 10
Rating:   10
Lovely

It’s a little bit of magic, I don’t know what else to say. I’m so glad it’s back. Give it a try, it will pull you in

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Ducknewton
Nov 9
Rating:   10
favorite podcast

i'm so excited about the new episode!! the story of this podcast is unlike anything i've heard before and something about it feels like home

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Ella&Jules
Nov 8
Rating:   10
love this podcast

I am in love with this podcast!! The environment created within this podcast is warm and lively, and I keep coming back to it. The small stories interwoven into the overall plot are fantastic and I re-listen regularly. I have listened to the whole podcast about 3 times. I’m love the newest episode and so excited to see what comes next!

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Hoody32
Nov 8
Rating:   2
Racism

The French accents is so fake it’s racist.

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Bi//yB|@ck
Sep 22
Rating:   10
Oh Yeah!!!

Kicking some chicken!!!!,

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MrGunder
Aug 28
Rating:   10
Poignant Absurdist Theatre

Deftly balances joy and comedy, with the fraught triumphs of the human spirit, on tightrope walk over a metropolis of imagination.

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absolute trash fire
Aug 15
Rating:   8
Magical

A lot of people find Julian irritating and so did I, but he really grows on you. It sounds like childhood wonder. I really enjoyed it. Also, Kazakh here, we don’t really wander the steppe looking for pie. Were they trying to say Kazakh? Or is a Kossak country that similarly speaks Russian and has steppes? If so, it’s Kazakh, not kossak. Biggest confusion.

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PostAdolescentMale
Jul 3
Rating:   10
Excellent

Lost for words, there’s a bit of everything here and it’s all amazing.

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Rita Orlo
Jun 26
Rating:   10
A podcast that more people need to hear

The atmospheric nature of Julian Koster and his podcast is a phenomenal journey to surreal realism. The obscure acts in the Orbiting Human Circus complements the music created by Koster’s band, the Music Tapes. Hoping for season 2 to come out soon!

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kit sherman
Mar 28
Rating:   10
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.

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KT every nickname is taken
Mar 20
Rating:   4
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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24688642krissy
Jan 30
Rating:   2
So very confused

I tried listening through several episodes since some shows can take a bit of time to find the groove but I’m throwing in the towel. What’s the plot? The ramblings of the janitor may be interesting to some but I just couldn’t.

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chipper kipp
Dec 11 '18
Rating:   10
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.

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I'm cry
Dec 11 '18
Rating:   10
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.

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