By: Gina Carfagno
Hilarious wit and mystery have been greeting listeners of the new hit podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” since it began.
Developed by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor, “Welcome to Night Vale” has been quickly gaining a strong online following since its first airing in June of this year.
The podcast is about a middleof- nowhere desert town called Night Vale where strange things are always happening.
The podcast is in the form of a community radio station hosted by the narrator Cecil Baldwin.
In Night Vale, events that would be considered hugely problematic and worthy of investigation are considered day-to-day parts of the citizens’ lives.
Many users of the popular social network blogging site Tumblr have pointed out this podcast seems to have appeared out of nowhere, much suited to the mysterious show itself.
So many weird and bizarre things happen that the audience can’t help but laugh.
The narrator and main character, Cecil, is comedic through his nonchalance.
Cecil has an incredibly soothing voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time.
Listeners are free to imagine Cecil looking any way they want, and all adaptations are accepted and correct.
Cecil’s love interest, Carlos the scientist, also contributes to the humor through his journey to learn more about the “most scientifically interesting” town in the United States.
Overall, the humor and mystery of “Welcome to Night Vale” are enchanting and entertaining.
“Welcome to Night Vale” airs on the first and 15th of every month and is available for iTunes download.