Welcome To Night Vale is the weirdest podcast I have ever stumbled upon. Ever. Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Welcome To Night Vale will probably the best way to spend 20 minutes of your time.
Welcome To Night Vale features itself as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale. The podcast has news, announcements, and advertisements from the town. Every episode of the podcast also has a song section during the “weather report,” each done by a different indie musician.
How cool is that? The first time I listened to WTNV, I was like: WHAT IS GOING ON EVERYTHING CONFUSES ME????? But then I was: OKAY THAT’S IT I LOVE NIGHT VALE GIMME ALL THE EPISODES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I listen to it every morning during my commute ride to work – it’s my supplement; I only listen to one episode a day. Breakfast of champions, am I right?
Cecil Baldwin, the narrator, is a fucking cute snowflake. OH WHAT FUN TO BE FRIENDS WITH THIS CECIL BALDWIN. And the tweets, damn it. Exhibit A:
And Exhibit B:
I’m pretty much babbling and this is just a rant about how much I am in love with Night Vale and how I’m wishing they do a weekly episode because I will die if I don’t get enough. I’m all caught up with Night Vale what do I do nowwwwwwwww.
I mean, this is audio book experience x weird stuff x philosophical views about almost anything x queer x witty punchlines. Everything is stated so frankly that it implies more story than it gives. And because Night Vale is a podcast, the world of Night Vale exists as much in our imagination as in Cecil’s descriptions, which tends to be evocative rather than specific. What stands out most is the tumultuous creativity of it all! Each episode is a barrage of inventive weirdness and a slow build up of lunatic jokes such as Night Vale residents don’t really understand the night sky and find it demoralizing.
I cannot even explain how this thing works so I’ll let the experts do the explaining. It’s pretty weird but try one episode and see yourself easily sucked in just like me. Trust, mate. Trust.
PS It’s a FREE podcast. SO DO IT.