Julian Koster of the Music Tapes and Neutral Milk Hotel is starting a podcast called The Orbiting Human Circus (Of The Air). The podcast will be under the Night Vale Presents banner, which is the team that brought you the popular radio fiction show Welcome To Night Vale. According to Koster, the show will “tell the story of a mysteriously impossible variety show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower and the janitor who longs to become a part of it,” meaning it will probably be just as delightfully weird as Welcome To Night Vale. Koster wrote the show, and the voice talent delivering his lines includes Mandy Patinkin and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia pair Charlie Day and and Mary Elizabeth Ellis. It’s the third show released by the Night Vale team, but it’s their first “independently produced” podcast, meaning that it doesn’t creatively involve Night Vale creators Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink. Here’s what Koster had to say about the project and podcasting in general in a press release:
When I was growing up, I loved records because you could lose yourself in them. They could become a friend, a part of your life. You could listen to them over and over—and you’d be rewarded by discovering something new. Podcasting, to me, feels like it can be such an exciting new incarnation of that feeling.
The Orbiting Human Circus (Of The Air) premieres on 10/12, with new episodes every other Wednesday through February 2017. Check out how to tune in here.