Improvised Star Trek
Improvised Star Trek explores the final frontier of comedy by turning Star Trek into an improv office comedy. Taking suggestions submitted on Twitter and Facebook, the cast (featuring some of Chicago’s top improvisors) creates a fully improvised episode detailing the adventures of the USS Sisyphus, a less enterprising starship. New episodes are posted every other week. To learn more about the show check out our website, facebook page, or twitter!
Improvised Star Trek is fan production. Star Trek is property of CBS/Paramount.

Did somebody say wish?

Improvised November 8th, 2015 from a suggestion by Paul Nichols via Facebook.

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Leopold Lackey
Chris Johnson as Christmas Yeti
Sean Kelley as Santa Claus, Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Rip Stiply, Lt. Jeremy Swanson
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Sally, Lt. Greg

Direct download: ISTBonus__20151221_BaxtersXmasWish.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 6:00am CST

It's alive! Crick's holonovel gets an adaptation he doesn't approve of.

Improvised on August 15 from a suggestion by Andrew Vanderwoude.

Edited by Roger Payton

Griffen Eckstein as Holographic Krunk Whatsin, Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Donald's Dad

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson

Eli Mandek as Acting Chef Rip Stiply, Donald (a Child)

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Holographic Krunk's Monster, Donald's Mom

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Holographic Imani Hotep

This episode of Improvised Star Trek is sponsored by Jackbox Games, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Direct download: IST127_JuliusFrankensteinBaxter.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:49pm CST

Zarlene teaches Baxter and Corbo about the Nerds and the Knees.

 

Featuring

Chris Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon

Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter

 

News:

-One final week of our Live run at iO Chicago.

--With openers Our Fair City;

--And special guest SAND, New City's Best Chicago Improv team of 2015.

--Speaking of guests, check out this live performance of klingon Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

-Thanks to ThePeak & Is4you for iTunes reviews.

-Matt Young appeared on the Rabbit Hole Podcast.

 

Direct download: ISTBonus_20151214.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 8:41pm CST

The Sisyphus crew struggles to revive their passed-out captain, as Admiral Damocles kicks off a surprise inspection of the ship.

Improvised on September 13, 2015 from a suggestion by Karna Warrior via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbender, Lt. Lackey, "Captain Baxter"
Sean Kelley as Admiral Damocles, Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Acting Chef Rip Stipley, Klingon captain, Lt. Swanson
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite B. Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Mrs. Admiral Damocles
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Bright student
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Ensign Spot, Punk teen

This episode is sponsored by Field Notes, a member of the Chicago Podcast Co-op.

Check out the Blurry Photos podcast.

Direct download: Ep_126__Weekend_at_Baxters.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 1:49am CST

Inadvertent cruelty is rampant in this bonus scene.

News of the week: there are three more live shows left for 2015! Join us December 4th, 11th, and 18th at 10:30pm.

Improvised Star Trek won the 2015 Audioverse award for best Fan/Adaptation Comedy! Many thanks to all who voted for us. 

Thanks also to Dat_Woona for a new iTunes review! 

And check out the latest episodes of Your Stories and Taylor Talk for more podcast goodness from IST cast and crew. 

https://www.nerdologues.com/podcasts/your-stories/episodes/night-stars-part-2

http://taylortalk.org/how-you-get-the-guys-episode-197-of-taylor-talk-the-taylor-swift-podcast/#more-9532

Direct download: IST_Bonus_Spot_Vs_the_Cucumber.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 12:11am CST

Lady Cola's recent absence is explained when two ships come looking for her.  Captain Baxter makes the biggest decision of his life, Rip Stipley makes the most frivolous, and Sally searches for a family.

Improvised October 4th, 2015 from a suggestion by Erin Higgins via Facebook

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Guitar Center Guy

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson

Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley

Irene Marquette as Lt. Cdr. Lady Cola

Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Lt. Atlas, Liquidator Clumph

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem, a Ferengi Liquidator

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, Ensign Operator, Orion Slave Woman

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Ensign Greg, Sally, Orion Slave Man

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop

Orion ship cover art from Star Trek: The Animated Series

Irene Marquette has a special goodbye message to listeners on the Improvised Star Trek homepage.

Direct download: IST125_YourLadyshipHasArrivedYourLadyship.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:24pm CST

Just the worst.

 

Improvised November 8, 2015 from a suggestion by Joel Svensson

 

Featuring

Sean Kelly as Crick Watson 

Eli Mandel as Alien Mayor, Alien

Mary Cait Walthall as Alien Ambassador, Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon

Nick Wagner as Alien Child

Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter

 

Edited by Christopher Rathjen

 

News:

Thanks Andorian Jedi for an iTunes review

Check out Irene Marquette's interview on the Feast of Fun Podcast

Check out Matt Young in the stop-motion short Speed Dating

Check out Nick Wagner and Hannah Parsons in Your Stories

Come to our live show!

 

Background music was Theme to Deep Space Nine from Smooth Federation by Andrew Allen

Direct download: IST_20151116Bonus.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:55pm CST

Ep 124: The Undiscovered Country Club
The crew journeys to Zaffa IV, home to the federations most exclusive country club. But the upper crust exterior hides a more sinister middle and lower crusts.
 
Featuring 
 
Brendan Dowling as Bryce Haverford-Watson, Juliet Louie-Dreyfus, Bryce A. Roni
Sean Kelley as Crick Watson
Chris Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes, Bartender
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Bryce Dallas Jejune,
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Bryce Isrite
Martin Wilson as  Bryce Haverford-Bengali, Monica Rutherford-Hayes, Bryce Tri-Asshole 
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg, Bryce Tomeet-Yu
 
Improvised October 18 from a suggestion by Gregory Gallagher via Facebook.
 
Edited by Nick Wagner
 
Sponsored by Utter Nonsense(http://www.utternonsensegame.com), a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop(http://chicagopodcastcoop.com)
Direct download: IST124_UndiscoveredCountryClub.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:59pm CST

Crick reveals what he's been storing in carbonite... and it isn't Corbomite.

Improvised October 26, 2014 from a suggestion by Andrew Vanderwoude

Featuring
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter, Evil Baxter, Evil Baxter's Evil Twin

with Special Guest Shad Kunkle as the Crypt Keeper (Lt. Cdr. Gary Williamson)

Edited by Eric Scull


News for October 31, 2015:

Happy Halloween!

Direct download: IST_Bonus_Evil_Baxters_Evil_Twin.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 10:13am CST

Music is in the air when the USS Sisyphus visits a very specific planet. Goes without saying which one.


Improvised on July 25, 2015 from a suggestion by Ed Flinn via Facebook


Edited by Nick Wagner


This episode was sponsored by [Utter Nonsense](http://www.utternonsensegame.com/), a member of the [Chicago Podcast Coop](http://chicagopodcastcoop.com/).


Featuring:


Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Computer, a Stage Manager
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson, the Quintocracy
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Ensign Rusev
Mary Beth Smith as Sarah (a Child), the Quintocracy
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, the Quintocracy
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, the Quintocracy
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Ensign Spot, Diane
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Sally, Folk Revolutionary

Direct download: IST123-UhWasThatJazz.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Zarlene hears wedding klaxons.

Featuring

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter
Eli Mandel as Borg Drone

 
Improvised September 27th from a suggestion by @jhawver via twitter
 
Thanks to ValorCon for hosting our panel and One Shot for beating us as Artemis
Direct download: ISTBonus_20151018WeHaveEngagedtheBorg.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 12:49pm CST

The crew of the Sisyphus is not careful what they wish for. Which is totally on the shortlist of things to be careful of.

Improvised July 17 from a suggestion by David Quinn

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Featuring
Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Lackey, Billy Swanson
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Blagnar the Magnificent, Admiral Charming
Eli Mandel as Acting Dr. Rip Stiply, Lt. Jeremy Swanson
Christopher Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Julia Weiss as Lt. King, Ensign Spot, Diane

Sponsored by  MakeSpace(https://makespace.com) as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop(http://chicagopodcastcoop.com)

Direct download: When_You_WIsh_Upon_a_Starship.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Lady answers an ad.

 

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as En. Murray?

Irene Marquette as Lady Cola

 

News for October 6, 2015:

Direct download: ISTBonus_20151006.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 10:34am CST

Nick and Rusty find themselves on a Federation starship, where they make some new friends and enjoy a sea breeze.

Improvised July 19, 2015 from a suggestion by Brain Sebby. 
Edited by Roger Payton

Starring
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Son, Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Lackey
Sean Kelley as Lt. Carl, Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Nick O’Time, Acting Doctor Rip Stipley
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Scooter, Cockney Bartender
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Julia Weiss as Rusty the Time Traveling Dog, En. Spot, a Child
 
This weeks episode is sponsored by Iron Galaxy, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop.
Direct download: IST121_NickOTime.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:24pm CST

Just because you can't do something, doesn't mean you should.

Improvised July 12th from a suggestion by @CountCarver

Eli Mandel as Acting Dr. Rip Stipley

Bex Marsh as Ensign Maru

Nick Wagner as Ch'arles Lorem

Matt Young as Julius Valentine Baxter

News for September 21st, 2015

Big Thanks to CAH and Disruptor Beam for bringing us out to PAX, and check out Star Trek Timelines!

See us Live September 24th,

See us Live October 3rd,

See us Live for eight weeks starting November 6th!

Direct download: ISTBonus_SaucerSeperationAxiety20150921.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:15pm CST

Hopes are high, likely too high, when the crew goes on vacation.

Improvised July 12, 2015 from a Suggested by Tyson Thorp.

This episode sponsored by Emporium Arcade Bar, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Edited by Christopher Rathjen

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Chief Engineer Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Lackey, Carm Difference

Eli Mandel as Acting Doctor Rip Stipley

Bex Marsh as Hotel Clerk, Mrs. Stipley

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Mr. King

Direct download: IST120_UnrealisticButStillGreatExpectations.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 10:56pm CST

When the Sisyphus encounters an asteroid and loses power, Corbomite must travel below decks to repair the damaged warp core. But the ship is not quite the same in the dark...

"Disaster Disaster Disaster Disaster Disaster" was improvised on June 28, 2015 from a suggestion by Darren Izzard via Facebook

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Ensign Arachnis
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Julia Weiss as Ensign Spot, Ensign Lonnie, Lt. Rita King
Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter, Lt. Greg, Ensign Sports
with Mary Cait Walthall as Computer

Direct download: Ep_119__Disaster_Disaster_Disaster_Disaster_Disaster.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:46pm CST

The crew faces an emergency. A bathroom emergency.

 

Improvised July 19th, 2015 from a suggestion by Tyson Thorp

News of the week!

You can catch Matt Young talkin' nerd on the most recent episodes of the Nerd Outcast and Nerdologues: Your Stories podcasts. You can also catch both Matt and Sean on An Hour With your Ex!

 

We're performing at PAX Seattle this weekend, as part of the Cards Against Humanity comedy shows! If you're at PAX, please come check us out at the ACT Theatre.

 

Thanks to our recent iTunes reviews, and to our fans who came out to the Chicago Nerd Comedy fest last week!

Direct download: ISTBonus-08262015.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:07am CST

While Fritz is in the doghouse, Commander Hayes needs to fill in as chief engineer, but who will step up as First Officer? Meanwhile, Lorem meets some lovely cave people.

 

Guest starring Katy Schutte as Commander Eleanor, and Tony Harrisment as Ensign Price.

Direct download: IST118-YouCantGoHomeAgain.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 8:42am CST

Fritz and Corbomite chew the fat.

 

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder

Eli Mandel as Acting Dr. Rip Stipley

Christopher Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes

Improvised July 19, 2015 from a suggestion by @vacuumflux via twitter.

News for 2015-08-09

Thanks to Squornshellous Zeta for a new iTunes review.

Improvised Star Trek will be performing at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Fest.

Congratulations to MuggleCast for 10 years of podcasting!

 

Background music for news: Deep Space Nine theme from Smooth Federation by ndrew Allen

Direct download: ISTBonus_PrimeRibDirective20150809.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 10:40pm CST

The crew of the Sisyphus investigate a federation planet where they make hats. Evil, Sentient Hats? YEP! Corbo bros down. Lt. Jeremy just wants to be a good dad but cant catch a break. And Ensign Splooj jets towards his goals.

                       

                     Improvised May 31st, 2015 from a suggestion by tparadox via twitter

 

 

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes and Janitor Phillips, Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, The Administrator, T'Rip and Billy, Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Diane, Ensign Splooj, Ensign Spot, and a Backwards Baseball Cap, Special Guest Alex Richmond as the Supreme Hat Commander.
 
 
Edited by Hannah Parsons

 


 

Direct download: ISTEP117PlanetoftheHats.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:01pm CST

Rip has something to show Corbomite. Moo-hem ensues.

 

Featuring: 
Eil Mandel as Acting Doctor Rip Stipley
Chrisopher Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes
Julia Weiss as Ensign Spot

Improvised May 31, 2015 from a suggestion by Jason Hawver via twitter.

News of the week:

Tickets for the Chicago Nerd Comedy Fest are now on sale! Improvised Star Trek will perform on Saturday August 15th. For more information, go to www.stage773.com.

Help us build character and cast lists for past episodes! Just listen to an old episode and tell us who plays whom! Go to http://www.theimprovisedstartrek.com/2015/06/improvised-star-trek-needs-your-help-to.html for more details.

You can also help us buy new microphones with a donation! For more information, go to: http://www.theimprovisedstartrek.com/p/buy-us-new-mics.html

Direct download: Bonus_20150728.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 8:44pm CST

The Sisyphus makes their pitch to improve starfleet, Captain Baxter meets his favorite band, Lorem keeps it tight.

 

Improvised April 19, 2015 from a suggestion by Saskia Slottje via Facebook.

Edited by Roger Payton

Starring

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Presenter
Stephen Kropa as Dart, Hydraulics Frontman, BackupBaxter
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Dr Fgaux
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Hydraulics Drummer
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg, Ensign Fichbutte

Direct download: IST116_StarfleetInnovationDay.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:26am CST

This bonus scene features:
Tony Harris as Ensign Price
Sean Kelly as Crick Watson
Katy Schutte as an Ensign
 
News of the week:
Thanks to all our world-wide iTunes reviewers, whom we recently discovered!
 

Help us upgrade our mics!
 
We're looking for donations to help us get brand new, much improved microphones for the show. This will improve sound quality, but also help us avoid some of the technical difficulties we've had over the last couple years that have sometimes led to lost episodes.
 
 
If you donate $25, we'll send you five (5) unreleased episodes! These are episodes we improvised but never produced as full episodes, so they are without sound effects but still very funny!
 
 
Hello from the Magic Tavern!
IST's Irene Marquette is on this week's episode of Hello from the Magic Tavern, a hilarious improvised fantasy podcast also featuring our own Matt Young. For a good time, download this podcast.
 
 
 
Direct download: Bonus_7-14-2015.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:51am CST

The Sisyphus crew tries acting. Crick tries cooking. First contact with a new species goes less than swimmingly...
 
"Poseidon, God of the Sea, Invented Horses" was improvised on March 29, 2015 from a suggestion by David Kramlich via Facebook
 
Griffen Eckstein as Lt.(ish) Leopold Lackey, Lt. Cmd. Fritz Fassbender, Fishman, Guitar Center Guy, Lt. Son
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Lt. Carl
Eli Mandel as Acting Doctor Rip Stipley, "Steve"
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Fishman
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King
Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter, Fishman Dave, Sally, Lt. Greg
 
Direct download: IST115_PoseidonGodoftheSeaInventedHorses.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:07pm CST

Lacky & Lorem go for the record.

Featuring 

Griffen Eckstein as Lt(ish) Leopold Lackey

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Improvised as a warmup on March 15, 2015 from a suggestion by Brian Sebby.

 
Thanks this week to Cassrain, AudioDramaNut and Georgetheavguy for new iTunes reviews!
 
We also have a project underway where you can do us a favor just by relistening to old episodes.  If you look at our current episode descriptions they all include a cast list, including all the various aliens and ensigns and we play. We're hoping to get lists for all of our old episodes so that you can just look at the episode description to immediately see if Greg, or Lackey or Smelt make an appearance. If you go to our website you can see instructions on how to help. You can do one episode or many, but everyone who chips in will get exclusive access to a special unproduced episode of Improvised Star Trek.
Direct download: ISTBonus_42MinutesofExplosions_20150629.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:41pm CST

The end is nigh when the Sisyphus rescues a plant person of the plant people of Delphiod 6.

 

Improvised May 17, 2015 from a suggestion by Jason Hawver

Starring

Lisa Burton as Dextriod the Plant Person

Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Sam Radion

Sean Kelly as Lt Cdr. Crick Watson

Eli Mandel as Acting Dr. Rip Stipley, Dale Beaverson (a Bore)

Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Franklin (a Boar)

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Larry (a Bore), Theodore (a Boar)

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Jeremy, Ensign Spot

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Ensign Greg

 

Edited by Christopher Rathjen. Thanks to a kind donation from listener Sam Radio.

Direct download: IST114_ItsAlwaysDoomsdaySomewhere.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 7:34pm CST

A young go-getter catches the eye of an inspector from starfleet.
 
Featuring:
Sean Kelley as LtCdr. Crick Watson
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as En. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Martin Wilson as Cdr. Sherbert
Matt Young as Captain Julis Valentine Baxter
 
If you want to hear more of our guest Martin Wilson you can hear the full episode that we producde from that day of recordng, Ep 56: A Shuttlecraft Named Desire.

Thanks to Solaana for a new iTunes review!

Thanks to Peter Livingston and Allen Barnes for their donations! If you want to support IST, you can go to our website and do the same.
 
Full IST episodes are sponsored by the Chicago Podcast Coop, who bring local businesses and local podcasters together.
 
This Week's Nerdologues YOUR STORIES podcast features Sean Kelley!
 
Katy Schutte and Tony Harris of the Destination Podcast visited us! They'll be on soon! Destination is a cool improvised podcast we'll be on soon!
 
GOT fans should [once again] check out Game of Owns, featuring our own editor/producer Eric Scull! The post-Season 5 Finale episode is here.
 
Direct download: ISTBonus_PrimeDetective20150612.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 1:31pm CST

The citizens of New Atlantic City are being terrorized by an unknown evil, while Captain Baxter wrestles with the impossible conundrum of choosing a hailing frequency.

 

Featuring Peter Kim as Lt. Alabaster Lee

Direct download: IST113-DarknessAtTheEdgeOfSpaceTown.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:10pm CST

The Sisyphus gets a new acting doctor, and a new acting cheif.

 

Featuring

Eli Mandel as Acting Dr. Rip Stipley

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Ensign Fishbutte

 

Plus news for 5/27/15

Eli Mandel joins the regular cast!
We're appearing at THE CHICAGO NERD COMEDY FESTIVAL 
Check out the Nerdette and Pleasure Town podcasts!

Direct download: ISTBonus_TalentedMrStipley20150527.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 8:00pm CST

Acting Doctor Rip Stipley has his hands full when a space virus presents a hard problem. Meanwhile, Rita's budding relationship with the replicator finally produces satisfyingly hard spaghetti.  

Direct download: IST-112-NakedTimeandaHalf.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:26am CST

The Sisyphus crew battles fatigue and other ailments resulting from Zarlene's discovery in a lack of nutrition in the ship's food. According to Fritz, tiny sentient beings are to blame.

Improvised on December 28, 2015 from a suggestion by Jen Usellis
Edited by Eric Scull
 
Starring
 
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Com. Fritz Fassbender, Lt. Lackey, Guitar Center Guy
Irene Marquette as Lt. Com. Lady Cola, Nim Nam
Christopher Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite B. Hayes, Nim Nam
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Nim Nam
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Nim Nam
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter, Lt. Greg, Nim Nam
Direct download: IST111_AnAppleaDay.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:00pm CST

Is Rita hot for a cold-blooded crew member?

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Lt Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King

 

News:

Check out Chris and Sean on the most recent episode of the Nerd Lunch podcast!

And also catch Sean telling a story at Your Stories, a live storytelling event at the Cards Against Humanity office, 1917 N Elston, at 7pm on May 17th!

Direct download: Bonus-EnsignAlligatorNavigator.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 8:29pm CST

Ensign Spot has a stressful homecoming. Captain Baxter and Lady Cola take a walk on the wild side.
 
Improvised November 11, 2014 from a suggestion by Katie Richeson
 
Edited by Eric Scull
 
Starring:
Sean Kelley as Lt. Com. Crick Watson, P.M. Boots
Irene Marquette as Lt. Cdr. Lady Cola
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Ensign Spot
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Billy, EMH, Lt. Greg
 
Featuring music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Claude-Michel Schönburg
Direct download: IST110_PlanetCat.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 5:03pm CST

I can't really explain this better than the name does...

Improvised March 29, 2015 as a warmup from a suggestion by Tyson Thorp

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Sarge

Sean Kelley as Lt Cdr. Crick Watson

Eli Mandel as Jem H'adar

Chris Rathjen as Jem H'adar

Matt Young as Commando Greg

 

NEWS:

Thanks to aquarius2426 for a new itunes review!

Two more chances to see us live in April!

Direct download: ISTBonus_EncounteratFartpoint20150420.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 6:59pm CST

The USS Sisyphus's dirty little secret gets a lot bigger. And cleaner.

Improvised October 12, 2014 from a suggestion by Andrew Vanderwoude

Edited by Roger Payton

Featuring

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr Crick Watson

Irene Marquette as Lt. Lady Cola, A Washingtonian

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, A Washingtonian

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, A Washingtonian
 
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, A Washingtonian
 
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, En. Greg
Direct download: IST109_WhoWashestheWindowWashers.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 5:28pm CST

Baxter and Rita sweat it out.

Improvised from a suggestion by Joe Griffen. Edited by Eric Scull.

Starring

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter

See us Live!

April 17 Columbia College Geek Expo

April 24 Chciago Improv Festival

Sean Kelley Guests on Hello from the Magic Tavern

Thanks for the iTunes review Ccaldwell25!

Direct download: ISTBonus_ThatWhichPerspires20150406.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 7:31pm CST

Something's amish when a couch surfer butters his way onto the USS Sisyphus. Can the crew rumspringa into action when a Romulan warbird appears? This one's a real barn burner. Cow pun. 

 

Improvised March 8, 2015 from a suggestion by @Shoelessdick

 

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Leopold Lackey, LtCdr Fritz Fassbinder 

Mike Geraghty as Zeb, Romulan Subcommander

Sean Kelly as LtCdr Crick Watson

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Romulan Commander

Chris Rathjen as Cdr Corbomite Hayes, Romulan Subcommander

 

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter

Direct download: IST-Ep-108-Cry-Havoc.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:18am CST

News For 2015-03-22:

IST will perform Live at the Chicago Improv Festival

Fantastical comedy fans should check out "Hello From the Magic Tavern"

Nominate us as your favorite podcast with National Public Radio

Review us on itunes

GOT fans should check out "Game of Owns"

This weeks bonus is our full panel from ChiFi Con.  Recorded March 20, 2015 at the Palmer House Hotel, featuring:

Irene Marquette

Christopher Rathjen

Nick Wagner

Moderator: Eric Scull

Panel Description:

Patrick Stewart of Star Trek The Next Generation has recently embraced improv. Why? What is it about improv that inspires actors, geeks, and geeky actors the world over? The cast of Chicago's own Improvised Star Trek stage show and podcast explores improv, Star Trek, and why the secret to all of it might just be surrounding yourself with people who truly love what they're doing.

Direct download: ISTBonus_ChiFiPanel20150322.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 7:08pm CST

The crew goes on search for one of the greatest, and most illogical, treasures in galaxy.

Improvised October 21, 2012 from a suggestion by Ben McLaughlin, via Facebook.

Pulled from the archives in honor of Leonard Nimoy. We wouldn't be doing this show without him.

Starring
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr Fritz Fassbinder(Shimsham the Wonderpet), Ensign Lackey
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr Crickstopher Watson
Irene Marquette as Lt. Lady Cola, (Queen Cola) 
Christopher Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Amb. Stevens(Entecriss of the High Seas)
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem (the Kid)
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt Cdr. Urg Ensign Greg, O.T. Greyson 
Direct download: IST107_LegendofSpocksGold.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:00am CST

Thanks to William Blair for a new iTunes review!

Captain Matt Young has produced a new comedy show in Chicago, called The Real World: Space Edition! It's running through March 28th, and is gauranteed hilarity! Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/652876321501867/

See you at ChiFi Con!

Direct download: Bonus_03102015.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:41pm CST

While the crew is busy beating each other to the top of the radio ratings, a Romulan Commander and Sub-Commander sneak into the top of the charts and our hearts.

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Improvised on Nov. 9th, 2014. Title suggested by Robert Fontenot via Facebook.

 

Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Son, Ensign Gork
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr Crick Watson, Lt. Carl
Christopher Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes, Commander Forex
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, ItsaButt, Ensign Garblogg
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Subcommander, Ensign Michael Mennaro
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Ensign Kurg Krog

 

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter
Direct download: IST_106_Long_time_Listener_first_time_conqueror.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:50am CST

News for Feb 22, 2015

Many thanks to Sand for guest-starring and Our Fair City for opening the show last night!

Our current run of live shows is coming to an end next week, Sunday March 1st. Performing with us will be the renowned Improvised Shakespeare Company! This show will be a hot ticket, so get yours today!

Direct download: Bonus_02232015.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:09am CST

The crew of the Sisyphus raises awareness, an maybe even some latinum, for a good cause.

Improvised 2014-09-14 from a suggestion by David Kramlich via Facebook.

Edited by Christopher Rathjen

 
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Lackey, Lt. Son
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr Crick Watson
Irene Marquette as Lt. Lady Cola
Joseph Wolf Phillips as Holographic Rocky Balboa, Bartender, Changeling
Christopher Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, 
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Pancakes Johnson, Changeling
Direct download: IST105_OdosSleepBucketChallenge.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 8:09am CST

Live show: A Big Thanks to Time Crash (https://www.timecrashband.com), our opening act this week!

Upcoming Live Show Guests:2/15 Otherworld Theater, 2/22 Our Fair City

 

Check out The View From the Booth (http://www.theimprovisedstartrek.com/2015/02/the-view-from-booth.html)


We'll have a panel at ChiFi Con(http://chi-fi.org/), details TBD


Matt will be on this weeks Nerd Outcast Podcast talking Robotech(http://nerdoutcast.podbean.com/e/nerd-outcast-podcast-presents-robotech/)

Direct download: Bonus_02102015_Baxters_Butt_Bumps.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 6:03pm CST

Ep 104: The Universe is an Ocean and we are but a Ripple on the Water

When the crew find themselves at the whim of whatever's in front of them, can Captain Baxter and Lt. Cola find a nice quiet crate to hide in?

 

Improvised on August 3rd, 2014 

Title suggested by James Pagano via Facebook.

Direct download: IST_104_The_Universe_is_an_Ocean.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 8:35pm CST

Lady and Mikhail have a heart to heart.  Plus news for 2015-01-25.

 

Featuring

 

Irene Marquette as Lt. Cdr. Lady Cola

Griffen Eckstein as Mikhail the Mailman

 

Improvised as part of Ep 103: The Undiscovered Pantry

Edited by Eric Scull

News:

See us at iO Chicago!

Listen to us on the One-Shot Podcast!

Listen to us on the Nerd Outcast Podcast!

 

Background music "Insurrection" from Smooth Federation, by Andrew Allen.

Direct download: ISTBonus_UndiscoveredMailman-20150125.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 4:14pm CST

An important mission, like, totallay important leads the USS Sisyphus to a rendevous with the with USS Gracia at strange anomaly.

Improvised 2014-09-14 from a suggestion by Brendan Stallings via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

 
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Lackey, Boss Kitten
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr Crick Watson, Student
Irene Marquette as Lt. Lady Cola, Nurse
Joseph Wolf Phillips as Capt. Japhy Whitman, Nurse, Cockney Bartender
Christopher Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes, Scooter, Thirsty Guy, Kitten
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Unnamed Ensign, Kitten
Julia Weiss as Captain Rita King, Kitten
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Kitten
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Cdr. Sugar Dust (Nee Sorak nee Treeheart nee Nightcrawler), Sally
Direct download: IST103_TheUndiscoveredPantry.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 1:00pm CST

Captain Baxter must return from a hellish future to repair the timeline, and check out by 11.

Improvised August 10, 2014 from a suggestion by K Scott Huntley

 

Featuring

 

Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Lt. Lackey, The Masseur
Irene Marquette as Lt. Cdr. Lady Cola, Days Inn Manager
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as the Renegade Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Days Inn Clerk, the Trilling
Matt Young as [the Renegade]Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg
Direct download: IST102_DaysInnofFuturePast.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:43am CST

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