A Listener's Guide to The Thrilling Adventure Hour / WTNV Crossover


Hello Listeners!

You may have already seen that the great Welcome to Night Vale / Thrilling Adventure Hour crossover show will be released on October 1st. And yet, you still may not have gotten caught up on The Thrilling Adventure Hour.  You thought you’d have more time!  Well, time travel is no longer illegal, so just go ahead and zip back a month or two and begin getting caught up on TAH.

If your time travel machine is broken, and instead, you’d like a crash course into what you need to know before October 1st, read on!

So by now you might be wondering: What the heck is this Thrilling Adventure Hour thing?  Should I be listening to it as well as Welcome to Night Vale?  Are they similar at all?  Do I have room in my heart for two podcasts?  Will the Sheriff’s Secret Police show up in an unmarked van and haul me away?

The answers to these questions are:  We’re about to tell you.  Yes.  Sort of.  Probably.  Definitely. (But not for listening to TAH.  You know what you did.)

As huge fans of both podcasts, this post we’re making here is just going to be a basic introduction to Thrilling Adventure Hour, what you need to know for the crossover show, and what you need to know to become an Adventurekateer.  Oh, yes, TAH fans are called Adventurekateers.  Fun, right?  Anyway, we’re not going to go SUPER in depth into exactly what TAH is.  For that, we highly recommend you go check out whitachi’s awesome TAH introduction post here.  Really, as soon as you finish reading this post, go read that post, too. Or, go read it now.  Or after you get back from your sojourn to THE BROWNSTONE SPIRE.  

We’re going to put a Read More cut here because we care about your dash, but please click it.  What else are you going to read, a book?  Do you really think you’ll make it back from the Library?  Well, it’s your choice.

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If you don't know anything about Thrilling Adventure Hour

-It’s a podcast in the style of old time radio drama. Each performance is done live on stage with an audience, so there is laughter and applause. Kind of like the WTNV live shows.

-Each podcast is one segment of the show, not the full performance. So it’s fairly easy to try just one bit at a time. 

-There are lots of episodes. Basically, if you only want to get the WTNV thing, listen to Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars. Listen to maybe a couple of the first ones. It’s a plot-driven show, but the humor is really easy to get even if you don’t know the story. IT IS HILARIOUS. Seriously one of the funniest things I have ever heard. It’s a parody of wild west stories, but set on Mars in the future. Beyond Belief is also very popular, but I haven’t personally checked it yet. 

-Previously, Cecil has visited Sparks Nevada as Emperor Yessel. He’s really delicious in this role. It’s so good. 

-WTNV has done two crossover shows with TAH. The first time, the recording was lost. So what we will be hearing is the second one. I’m not sure if it’s the same script. 

-TAH actors who have visited Night Vale: Hal Lublin (Steve Carlsberg), Mark Evan Jackson (Marcus Vanston), Mark Gagliardi (John Peters, You Know, The Farmer), Annie Savage (Erika/Diane Creighton), Molly Quinn (Fey), James Urbaniak (Intern Leland) 

-To be honest, I have only recently caught up with Sparks Nevada, and haven’t listened to all episodes of that yet. If any more seasoned Adventurekateers have additions or corrections to this post, please add/correct! 


Here’s a little Throwback Thursday for you Adventurekateers. Some early promotional postcards made by our pal Adam S. Doyle (no relation) from our M Bar days, back in 2005




This is a “Billy the Bot” piece, later used as a postcard (we believe):


We can’t thank Adam enough for giving early visual life to these characters! Adam has illustrated a new middle-grade novel called Fat & Bones, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Check it out.

The Adventurekateer's Guide to the Thrilling Adventure Hour / Welcome to Night Vale Crossover

As you may have seen yesterday, it was announced that the TAH/WTNV Crossover episode is going to be released October 1st!  Yesterday we made a Listener’s Guide to the Thrilling Adventure Hour, made for lovers of Night Vale who had never heard TAH, so go check that post out if that’s you.

Today we’ve made this guide for those of you who have only listened to Thrilling Adventure Hour to orient you to the weird and wonderful world of Welcome to Night Vale.



A small desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and strange lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.

From the Welcome to Night Vale website…

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.  It is done in the style of a community radio station in a small desert town somewhere in the American west.  In Night Vale, anything or everything or nothing may be happening, or be true.  

Our community radio host, Cecil Palmer, takes us every episode into Night Vale, and is our guide through whatever happens that day, from a subway mysteriously appearing and then disappearing again later to a large, glowing cloud showing up, raining down animals upon the town and getting elected to the school board.  Also there’s a sale at the record shop and a new ice cream parlor opened!

Each episode of Welcome to Night Vale also features the weather, which is a musical interlude normally about two thirds through the episode.  

We’re placing a Read More Cut here to preserve your dash, and your sanity, but please continue reading on!

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A word from our sponsor…

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Sparks Nevada Theme (Paul F. Tompkins)
  • Sparks Nevada Theme (Paul F. Tompkins)
  • Paul F. Tompkins
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour

Sparks Nevada Theme (Paul F. Tompkins version)

When there’s varmits need a-catchin’

or youngin’s need a-savin’

on my rocket steed I race across the stars.

For I’m sworn by the burrs of my astro spurs,

to right the outlaw wrongs on Mars.

(Yes he rights the outlaw wrongs on Mars)

Oh the hyper cattle hummin’

and Martian’s savage drummin’

are as beautiful as comet bugs in jars,

Oh I’m from Earth

but I right the outlaw wrongs on Mars

(Yes he rights the outlaw wrongs on Mars)

On the plains of the red planet I uphold the law,

and I do it with a pair of robot fists —


Evil extermination I have faced,

For my robot rogues they hardly ever miss!

And I reckon I”ll be riding

in the name of truth and justice

for as long as I can count the shooting stars,

For I’ve sworn by the burrs of my astro spurs,

to right the outlaw wrongs on Mars!

(Yes he rights the outlaw wrongs on Mars)

So that’s me!

Music and Lyrics by Eban Schletter

Recording is taken from "Thrilling Adventure Hour #119: Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, Something Wicked This Way Is!"