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.

This episode is a real a mindkiller, with an important message: Kids, do drugs.

Improvised October 21 from a suggestion by Ken Kreer via Facebook

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Featuring

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Chodi Fosster
Eli Mandel as Security Chief Rip Stipley, Mother Sporty
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Becket Beckam
Nick Wagner as Lt. Cdr. Ch'arles Lorem, Great Caterpillar
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, En. Spot

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity and the Chicago Podcast Coop

Featuring music from David Lynch's Dune.

Direct download: IST199_SpiceWorld.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:59pm CST

Crick meets Dracula. Finally.


Improvised November 4, 2018 from a suggestion by JJ Melcher via facebook.

Starring

Sean Kelley Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Matt Yound as Count Dracula, Renfield

Edited by Chris Rathjen

News this week:
Eli Mandel departs for Saturday Night Live (like a month ago)
Thanks to new reviewers!
Improvised Star Trek is on Spotify!
VOTE!

Direct download: ISTBonus_20181104_CricksDayOff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm CST

Confined to a parlor, the crew narrows down suspects to solve a murder case, while an eccentric ambassador doubts their methods.

Improvised on July 8, 2018 from a suggestion by David Swarles via Facebook

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:
Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern, Baker
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson,
Christopher Rathjen as Cmdr. Hayes, Butcher, Dr. F'geaux
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Lydia Whitmer, Kreblian
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, En. Spot,
Matt Young as Capt. Julius V. Baxter, Ambassador Rochambeau, Candlestick Maker, Lt. Greg

This episode is proudly sponsored by Overcast.

Happy Halloween, 2018 from Improvised Star Trek!

Direct download: IST198_One_Missing_Phaser.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:48pm CST

A breakthrough in communications causes breakdowns on the Sisyphus.

Improvised on July 1, 2018. Title suggested by Holly Hilton via Facebook.

 

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, En. Spot, Diane Swanson

Mary Cait Walthall as En. Operator, Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon

Eli Mandel as Lt. Jeremy Swanson, Rip Stipley

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, T'Ripp (a Vulcan)

Dan Granata as Lt. Defarge

And special guest:

Eric Scull as CommuneX 5000

 

Direct download: IST197_IWillGoHailingNoMore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm CST

The Crew gets a real fixer-upper.

Improvised February 11, 2018 from a suggestion by Brian Sebby via Facebook.

Edited by Roger Payton

Starring

Rayna Caskey as En Bobbi Intern, Sweetie Larson, Lt. Vanderson, Jenny the Barista

Eli Mandel as Rip Stiply, Kevin Larson, Jeremy Swanson, Scutty

Nick Wagner as Ch’arles Lorem, Connie the Realtor, a Barista, a Dark God

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Brie Larson, En Spot, Holographic Diane, En Mark

Sean Kelley as LtCdr Crick Watson, Barista, Starp Larson

Matt Young as Julius Valentine Baxter, Gbiv’Yuk the Starbucks manager, Bilg Larson


Sponsored by Overcast and the Chicago Podcast Co-op

Direct download: IST196_Moon_For_Sale.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:31pm CST

Please enjoy this week's bonus scene.

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Starring:

Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley
Matt Young as Captain Baxter

"Taxi, Follow that Shuttle!" was improvised as a warm-up scene on July 22, 2018 from a suggestion by TalonLardner via Twitter.

If your IST episodes 191 or 194 sound funny (in a weird way. not in the usual way) simpy re-download the episodes on your podcast app. We had some technical issues that have since been addressed!

Check out editor Hannah Parsons with Star Trek producer Jeri Taylor in "Winter," for more details visit SeaRanchThespians.com.

Thanks to recent iTunes reviewers Bbbbbbrrrriiiii, Lt. Leordi GaForge, TonyEW63, and treeberg. 

Direct download: ISTB123_TaxiFollowShuttle.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 6:03pm CST

The crew encounter a time portal resulting in an “incident” that has altered the timeline. Now half the crew has gills and Crick and Rip are sent back to 1999 Earth to try and correct the timeline by getting a woman elected president.

Improvised July 1st 2018 from a suggestion by Timescanner via Twitter

Starring:

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson

Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stiply

Mary Cait Walthall as Ensign Operator and Beth

Julia Weiss as Rita King, Ensign Spot and Jeanine

Guest Starring:

Dan Granata as Lt. DeFarge

and Eric Scull as Ensign Chaplin

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Sponsored by Backblaze as part of the Chicago Podcast Co-op.

 

 

Direct download: ISTep195EncounteratPowerPoint.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:06am CST

When Admiral Van Dorn comes for the Sisyphus' insextion, the crew learns they may be too professional. Rip clogs the pipes.

Improvised April 15, 2018 from a suggestion by David Swarles via Facebook

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Starring

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, a Gremblar
Eli Mandel as Security Chief Rip Stiply
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, T.O.N.Y., a Gremblar
Meredith Stepian as Admiral Van Dorn, a Gremblar
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, En. Operator, a Gremblar
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Ensign Spot, a Gremblar
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, a Gremblar

 

Sponsored by Overcast; a member of the Chicago Podcast Co-op

Direct download: IST194_WellWellWellWellWellWellWellWell_v2.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 7:45pm CST

Fear overtakes the Sisyphus at an inopportune moment. Can the crew overcome their worries in time for a conference with the Klingons and Romulan Star Empire?

This episode was improvised on May 27, 2018 from a suggestion by Myrl Wallace via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:
Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern, Klingon, Romulan
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Klingon, Romulan
Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite B. Hayes, K'orbo, Romulan
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Klingon, Romulan
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter, Klingon

This episode is sponsored by Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Co-op.

Direct download: Ep_193_A_Mild_Case_of_Omniphobia.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:57pm CST

Duplicity abounds aboard the Sisyphus as the performance reviews roll in. 

Starring:

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Rich Alfonso as Lt. Darius Mercury, Snip Snipley

Matt Young as Captain Baxter, Lt. Greg

Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson

Rayna Caskey as Ensign Bobbi Intern

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes, Lt. Bronson

Direct download: IST192_ThisShipAintBigEnoughForTheTwoOfMe.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 5:19pm CST

When a planet with a dying atmosphere needs saving, Crick has a plan. Also Bobbi has a plan. And Lorem has plan. And Lt. Mercury has a plan. It's a plan rich day.

Improvised on February 15, 2018 from a suggestion by Cameron Witham (@blockpastmaple) via twitter

Starring

Rich Alfonso as Lt. Mercury
Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stipley
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter

Sponsored by Overcast and the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST191_6000Degrees.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:53pm CST

Ermahgerd

Starring

Mary Cait Walthall as Derkter Zerlern Zernerner
Julia Weiss as Lerternern Reter Kerng

Improvised June 24, 2018 from a suggestion by Tyson Thorp via Facebook.

Edited by Chris Rathjen

News:

Matt Young (Captain Baxter) has appeared on the 15 Minutes With Lincoln podcast

Eric Scull (Producer) has a new podcast HR Unconfidential

Mary Cait Walthall has a Go Fund Me for her training at London's Embodies Poetics School

We're a year behind on thanking people for iTunes reviews! Sorry, we really appreciate it everyone!

Direct download: ISTBonus122_LerstinSperce.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm CST

During a spacewalk, Dr. Zonalzon is abducted by inspirational space entities and is forced to reassess her love life and goats… I mean goals!

Improvised on May 20th 2018 from a suggestion by Robert Boileau via Twitter

Starring:

Chris Rathjen as Comdr. Corbomite Hayes, GOAT

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem, T'ripp, GOAT

Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stiply, GOAT

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon

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

And Special Guest Dan Granata as an unnamed ensign, inspirational space entity aka GOAT and Lt. Defarge.

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Sponsored by Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Co-op

 

Direct download: IST190TheDoctorisin...Space.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:31pm CST

Doug has an A********. Good Business; Good Starfleet.

Improvised on May 6, 2018 from a suggestion by Justin Lipsitz via Facebook

Starring
Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern, Doug
Sean Kelley as Lt.Cdr. Crick Watson
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Old Doug
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as En. Operator, Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Doug
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Doug, Bennigans Waitress, TGID Waitress, a child
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Doug, En. Terwilliger, Lt. Greg

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Sponsored by Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Co-op

Direct download: IST189_IslandofDougs.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:39am CST

On board a shuttlecraft returning from an astrometrics conference, the crew spends time getting to know one another better. Until it seems that a nearby star is following them...

This episode was improvised on November 26, 2017 from a suggestion by TehBorg (@strtrk1701) on Twitter.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stipley
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Admiral C. Hayes
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter

This episode is sponsored by Overcast via the Chicago Podcast Co-Op.

Direct download: Ep_188_The_Hollow_Star.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:17am CST

In this flashback to the early days of their relationship, Rip and Zarlene boldy balance career, romance, and veneral civilizations.

Improvised August 6, 2017 from a suggestion by Duke DeRiven via Facebook.

Featuring
Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stiply
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter

edited by Chris Rathjen

News:

Come see us onstage June 2 at the opening of Juggernaut Film Festival with their guest of honor Gates McFadden, aka Dr. Beverly Crusher!

Thanks to everyone who came out and saw us at C2E2!

Direct download: ISTBonus_20180521_Juggernaut.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 10:26am CST

The inexorable march of time catches up to Lt. DeFarge and En. Bobbi, while Corbomite, Lorem, and Rip recapture the lost feelings of youth.

 

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Dan Granata as DeFarge

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes, Dr. F'geaux

Rayna Caskey as Ensign Bobbi

Eli Mandel as Jeremy Swanson, Lt. Rip Stipley

Direct download: IST187ScoopYeHydrogenWhileYeMay.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 7:18pm CST

Crick Wines, Dines, and Brings Onlines.

Improvised on October 21, 2017 from a suggestion by Michael Greenhut via Facebook

Sponsored by Overcast, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST186_MyDinnerWithAndroids.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:47pm CST

When Zarlene gets bored and develops prank candy that melts in your mouth not someone else's mouth, the side effects harden into literal statues of her fears. Meanwhile, a very important ambassador is on board and the man Zarlene “secretly” loves tortures a stranger who, it may turn out, is pranking the ship the hardest!

 

Improvised September 24th, 2017 from a suggestion by Robert Fontenot via Facebook

 

Edited by Hannah Parsons

 

Featuring

Matt Young as Captain Baxter and Lt. Greg

Chris Rathjen as Comdr. Corbomite Hayes

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson

Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stiply

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King and Ambassador Gladys

And Special Guest Hannah Parsons as the tortured prize winner.

 

Sponsored by Overcast

Direct download: ISTEp185MeltsinYourMouthnotSomeoneElsesMouth.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:43pm CST

Holes begin appearing in the USS Sisyphus and the chain of command.  Can the crew spot the difference between survival and destruction, or will the turning tables leave them without a deck to stand on?

Improvised on March 18, 2018 from a suggestion by Kade-Mica David Battles via Facebook

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Starring

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern
Sean Kelly as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes; Lt. Bronson
Mike Stephen as En. Bardok
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Billy Swanson

Featuring music from the Star Trek TNG soundtrack;
and Tinnitus Dance by Dancefloor is Lava.

Sponsored by Swap.com as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST184_SpaceHatesMe.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:09pm CST

Captain Baxter and Rip get in over their heads when the captain decides to drive away in a Toyota Pathfinder.

Improvised February 4, 2018 from a suggestion via @ChampionHack on Twitter

Edited by Eli Mandel

Starring:
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley
Matt Young as Julius V. Baxter

News for March 25, 2018
- Thanks to all who came out to our 3/19 live show! Photos can be found on our Flickr
- We are performing April 7 @ 6pm at C2E2!
- We were featured on WGN Radio's "Outside the Loop" episode 597 (7min30sec timestamp) 
- Thanks to all who listened to Crownin' Around, Eli's amazing podcast!
- We reached 2,378 followers on Twitter! Thank you so much for your support.

Direct download: BONUS_Burgermeisters_of_Toyotathon.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 4:23pm CST

The Sisyphus Crew may find weathering a storm-ravaged planet to be as difficult as weathering the quirks of interpersonal relationships.

This episode was improvised on February 4, 2018 from a suggestion by Holly Hilton via Facebook

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:

Sean Kelley - Crick Watson
Eli Mandel - Rip Stipley, General Borlamus, Soccer Fed
Nick Wagner - Ch'arles Lorem, Terran, Soccer Fed, Subcommander T'Kall
Mary Cait Walthall - Ensign Operator, Zarlene Zonalzon, Soccer Fed
Matt Young - Captain Baxter


This episode is proudly supported by SimpleCast through the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Direct download: Ep_183__First_Emergency_Contact.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:25pm CST

When chore day rolls around, Cmdrs. Hayes and Watson head to the laundromat.

 

Featuring

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Hayes

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson

Julia Weiss as Barb

Mary Cait Walthall as Maggie

Eli Mandel as Yeoman Devin

Direct download: IST181_Laundromat.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 1:09pm CST

Lorem and Bobbi crap open a cold one*.

*recursive paradox

Improvised February 11, 2018 from a suggestion via @nerdlunch

Includes News for March 3, 2018

- Improvised Star Trek is playing live this year at C2E2! April 7 at 6:30
- Eli Mandel has a new podcast of his own, "Crowning Around"
- We've been receiving a lot of great Fan Art lately and we love it!
- We've also got a show incognito on March 19!* DM us on Twitter or Facebook for details

 

*An earlier version of the bonus said March 18. It is in fact March 19!

 

Direct download: ISTBonus_ShipInABeerCan.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:49am CST

Picture this: Captain Baxter and Dr. Zonzalzon meet a hologram with a full head of heads.

Improvised February 4, 2018 from a suggestion by Joe Redhead

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Starring

Sean Kelley as Crick Watson, Holographic Ensign Jones
Eli Mandel as Holographic Captain Forrester, Rip Stiply
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall Dr. Zarlene Zonzalzon
Matt Young Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg

Sponsored by the Second City Training Center and the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Direct download: IST181_TwosCompanyThreesACollectiveHivemind.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:21am CST

Oops, Crick did it again. Played god with a world, gave gifts to the crew. Oh Rita, Rita. Oops, now Commands up for grabs, but when starfleet shows up, no one is innocent.

Featuring

Rayna Caskey as Bertha
Jack Felker as Kate or Katie, Cdr. Justine
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson
Mary Cait Walthall as Lt. Cecile Operator
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Baklavar
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem


Sponsored by Second City via the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST180_OopsIamDestroyerof_Worlds.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:54pm CST

Ep 179: A Lorem in Winter

Lending medical aid to Lorem’s home planet of Trill, the Sisyphus crew find themselves embroiled in a violent fight for succession. Whoever becomes emperor will have a tummy to fill with royal worminess and that's apparently the "none-offensive" way of saying that so feel free to un-clench your butts.

Featuring

Matt Young as Captain Baxter and Bardos Lorem

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson and Shmax

Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stiply and Valcomer

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon and Henrietta Lorem

And Special Guest Eunji Kim as Ensgn Pie Hole and Aquitaine Lorem

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Improvised December 10th, 2017 from a suggestion by Tracy Holt via Facebook

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Direct download: IST179ALoreminWinter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am CST

The Sisyphus crew answer a distress call whose sender may be more than meets the eye. Ensign Operator really shines on an away mission. Crewpersons left behind on board commiserate, and break out the puff paint!

This episode was improvised on October 15, 2017 from a suggestion by Brian Sebby via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern
James Dugan as Zax, Lt. Amber
Mike Geraghty as Glormp, En. Pickett
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, En. Operator
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter, Phaser Ensign, Transport Chief

Sponsored by Overcast

Special thanks: Marie Kondo for her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Direct download: Ep_178__Secret_of_Space_Station_Alpha.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 5:51am CST

Happy New Year! The cast and crew pick their favorite episodes of 2017.

 

Background music from Smooth Federation by Alexander Alan

Direct download: ISTBonus_Goodbye2017.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 8:49pm CST

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