Frequently Asked Questions


How do I listen to your show?

You can subscribe to this podcast or stream it online via iTunes or Stitcher or Libsyn or any podcast app or Soundcloud.

You can also now listen on our official Youtube channel, where we will also be uploading occasional behind the scenes videos and bonus content.

If you'd like to just download each mp3 individually, you can do that here.

Where do I find the music playing in the background of the podcast?

Disparition composed nearly all of the bed music for Night Vale. It can be downloaded at It is too complicated to list every track we've used at every moment in every show, so we encourage you to explore his fine work and find the music on your own. Along the way, you'll discover some brilliant pieces you've not heard yet, too. 

What's the name of the Disparition song used in the opening of each show?

The Ballad of Fiedler and Mundt

What does the character Cecil [or Kevin or Old Woman Josie or _____] look like?

What do YOU think they look like?

How do you spell [insert character name or place here]?

Here are spellings for things that might not be apparent just by listening: Khoshekh, old woman Josie, Steve Carlsberg, coach Nazr al-Mujaheed, Hiram McDaniels, Telly the barber, Leann Hart (editor of the Night Vale Daily Journal), Moonlite All-Nite Diner, Simone Rigadeau (living in the Earth Sciences building), Svitz, Franchia, Luftnarp, Tamika Flynn, Cecil Gershwin Palmer,  Strexcorp Synernists Inc., Vithya (intern), Leonard Burton, Megan Wallaby.

Where do I find that weather song I liked?

All featured music is listed in the show notes for each podcast. The full list of podcasts can be found at our Libsyn feed.

What are they saying in Russian?

Я не могу вам сказать.



When are you going to do more live shows?

We are always looking for opportunities to do more shows for you all! Check here to see what we have in the works right now. 

How long is a Welcome to Night Vale live show?

That varies a bit based on what kind of guests we have, but generally they are around 90 minutes including the opening musical guest.

Do you sell merchandise at your live shows?

Yes, we sell a limited selection of merchandise at our shows. While the selection is smaller, there are usually items there that are exclusive to our live shows and cannot be bought online.

I am the parent of a young person. Would bringing them to a live show be possible or appropriate?

We do our best to make all of our shows all ages. That said, some of the venues are not flexible on that, and so some shows are 18+ as a result. Check the ticket page of the specific date to see.

The show itself is the same kind of material as the podcast, so that should allow you to judge. However, we choose to not ask the musical guest to censor themselves. As a result, there might be some cussing 'n stuff in the music.

Do you come out for signing/taking gifts/hugs after a live show?

We try to do this whenever it is physically possible. Sometimes we cannot because we have another show starting soon after, or because the venue rules mean we won't have enough time to talk to people, or because there are more people in the audience than we can reasonably talk to in one night. When we cannot come out, please know that we are very sorry.

Will the live shows ever be recorded for release?

Yes. We recently released TWO different double-length live episode recordings, both featuring many special guests. They are available for pay-what-you-can on our Bandcamp page and for $1.99 on iTunes (here and here). If you have a choice, buying from Bandcamp is a better deal for us, but wherever you buy it is really cool of you.

The live show I wanted to see sold out. Will you add a late show?

In the past, we added late shows pretty regularly. We are not going to be doing that much going forward. Here's the thing about a late show: it means we have to do the entire show twice in a row. That sounds obvious, but on two show nights, Cecil has to stand on stage, performing at his best, for 2-3 hours in a night with little break. Combined with a busy tour schedule, this can end up exhausting beyond belief. So we're dialing back on adding second shows quite a bit. That doesn't mean we won't ever do it. Sometimes we will. But don't count on it. Don't count on anything.



Can I send you my ideas for your show?

Please don't. We are unable to use episode or line ideas from people, and it's easier to write the show without all that bouncing around in our heads. Your idea is probably really good anyway, and you should use it in your own writing instead of making us look good based on your work.

How do I send you my writing submission?

We are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions.

How do I get my music played on the weather?

As with writing submissions, we are not currently accepting music submissions, due to the long backlog of songs we already have scheduled. (The weather section is booked for well over a year into the future - if you believe in such things as “the future” and “music.”)

When we start accepting music submissions again, we will post it here on the website, Twitter, and Facebook.

How do I audition to be a voice actor on Welcome to Night Vale?

The answer, unfortunately, is you don't. We cast people very rarely, and we generally only do it when we already have an actor we know in mind.

Can you send me a transcript of an episode?

We don't provide transcripts because our working scripts aren't really formatted with public reading in mind. Many, many fan transcripts exist. Google around. You'll find 'em.

It's my birthday/my friend's birthday. Can you mention my/their name in the podcast?

We get several requests like this every single day, and so we unfortunately must decline all of them. Sorry!

But I have another very good reason that has nothing to do with birthdays. Will you mention my/someone else's name now?

No, sorry.

Why don’t you sell [specific item of merchandise] in your store?

We are always trying to come up with new items for our store, ones that are cool and fun and interesting (but also ones that will sell enough to make up for the cost of creating them). Just know we’re always working on new things.

I designed my own Night Vale t-shirt/phone case/poster/etc.  Can I sell it?

All of us who work on Night Vale do so for free, and any money we make in return is from the sale of Night Vale merchandise. For that reason, we ask that no one sell their own Night Vale merchandise. Thanks for being cool about this!

You should make a book.

Good point.

I have an idea for a fan project where I _______.

Non-commercial fan projects are fine by us. Please keep it free and let us know how it goes! 

I want to host a listening party at my home/my library/my bar/my store/etc.

Non-commercial listening parties are fine by us. We ask that you please do not sell tickets to or otherwise sell food/drink/merchandise at a listening party. This is a free podcast. 

Can my company sponsor Welcome to Night Vale?

Right now we are not accepting sponsorships for Welcome to Night Vale. We are maintaining an ad-free show.

Can my radio station play Welcome to Night Vale episodes on the air?

We are not currently licensing Night Vale out for radio use, so please do not do this.



Who do I email about __________?

Here's all that info.

I ordered something from the Welcome to Night Vale store and it hasn’t arrived or there was a problem with it.

If you purchased merchandise through our Topatoco store, please visit the Topatoco Help page.

Do you have an email list? Can I get on that? 

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