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.

Part 1 of a conversation the cast of Improvised Star Trek had following the final episode of IST, recorded August 18, 2019

 

Featuring

Rayna Caskey
Sean Kelley
Chris Rathjen
Nick Wagner
Mary Cait Walthall
Julia Weiss
Matt Young

Direct download: ISTBonus_MakingofPart1.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 5:23pm CDT

Something funky is afoot when the clothes on the USS Sisyphus go missing.

Improvised in a live performance at GenreThon 2019 at the OtherWorld Theatre in Chicago, IL

Recorded August 24, 2019

Includes cast warmups - full episode begins at 15:00

Featuring

Rayna Caskey as Ensign Bobbi Intern
Dan Granta as Lt. DuFarge
Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson, a shirt
Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes, a shirt
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem, Gavin
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, En. Operator, a shirt
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Ensign Spot, Michelln
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, pants

Winner of "Best of the Fest" for the GenreThon

Video available at https://youtu.be/xmWOtufiWqc

Direct download: IST215_TheNakedWhenever.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm CDT

It's a special announcement from the cast of Improvised Star Trek.

Improvised Star Trek's first appeared as a live show on October 19, 2009, & was reborn as a podcast on April 10, 2011.

After a decade aboard the USS Sisyphus, and over 200 episodes, we're flying off into the sunset.

Keep listening for final episodes and behind-the-scenes material in coming months as we prepare to say goodbye to the finest ship in the fleet.

And if you're in Chicago, check out our final live performance as part of Otherworld Theatre's Genre-Thon. Get your tickets here.

And thanks for taking the voyage with us.

Direct download: ISTBonus_AllGoodThings_20190819.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

You think this a bonus scene?

Improvised July 28, 2019 from a suggestion by Shawn Morgan via Facebook

Featuring

Chris Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes
Sean Kelley as Entity 1
Nick Wagner as Entity 2
Mary Cait Walthall as Entity 3


The News:

- See us Live as GenreThon!

- Check out The Experts podcast featuring Irene Marquette

-Thanks to new iTunes reviewers!

Direct download: ISTBonus-YouthinkthisaGame-20190814.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 4:14pm CDT

No one is surprised when Corbo gets impaled by ANOTHER girder. Meanwhile, Baxter is busy bonding with his alien pen pal, Crystal.

Improvised June 30th, 2019 from a suggestion by Saskia Slottje via Facebook

Starring:

Matt Young as Captain Baxter

Chris Rathjen as Comdr. Corbomite Hayes

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson

Julia Weiss as Ensign Spot and Crystal

Edited by Hannah Parsons

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

Direct download: ISTEp214DearAliens.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:10am CDT

The Sisyphus crew find themselves in a mysterious laboratory with an eccentric doctor. Next, they find themselves in a mysterious laboratory with an eccentric doctor.

This episode was improvised on Jun 23, 2019 from a suggestion by @messgirl via Twitter

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Christopher Rathjen as Dr. Zong
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zonalzon
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Rick

This episode sponsored by Overcast via the Chicago Podcast Coop

Warning: explicit language present

Direct download: IST_213_5_OClock_Everywhere.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 8:09pm CDT

Lt. Sourdough makes his play.

Improvised as a warm-up on June 30, 2019 from a suggestion by @greenturtles6 via Twitter.

Featuring
Nick Wagner as Lt. Cdr. Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Lt. Sourdough
Julia Weiss as Cpt. Butter

Edited by Chris Rathjen

News

We're performing live with the Otherworld Theater's SciFi Comedy Festival Genre-Thon August 24. Details Here.

Thanks to all our recent iTunes reviewers!

Direct download: ISTBonus_LtToast_20190707.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 5:53pm CDT

While daring Sisyphus flies through dark space

A ghost requires a Lorem face to face

And as the crew's reality does ween

Is all the world a stage, or all a dream?

 

Chris Rathjen as Ghost of Lt. Pombeau, Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Julia Weis as Ensign Spot, Lt. Rita King

Rayna Caskey as Ensign Bobbi

Sean Kelly as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson.

Dan Granata as Lt. DeFarge

 

Direct download: IST212SlingsAndArrows.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:59pm CDT

Mourning the death of an old friend, the crew mustache themselves where it all went Ron.

Improvised on March 2, 2016 from a suggestion by Steve Marsh via Facebook.

Edited by Chris Rathjenjenjenjen

Starring:

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem, Admiral Ron Bonbonbonbon
Mary Cait Walthall as Admiral Portia Hayes
Julia Weiss as Dawn Jonston-Bonbonbonbon, Mustache
& 
Matt Young as Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg

Sponsored by Overcast via the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST211_TheDeathofAdmiralBonBonBon.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 1:14pm CDT

Ever have I never, lead the crew of the Sisyphus to their doom.

Improvised on February 17, 2019 from a suggestion by Deanna Domino via Facebook.

Starring:

Chris Rathjen as Comdr. Corbomite Hayes

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon and Ensign Operator

Julia Weiss as Rita King and Ensign Spot

 

Edited by Hannah Parsons

 

Brought to you by Overcast through the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: ISTep210EverHaveINever.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 1:31pm CDT

#209: Brevity is the

Rita ends things.

This episode was improvised on February 17, 2019 from a suggestion by Brian Sebby via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite B. Hayes, Cloud, Bronson
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as En. Jill, En. Operator, Cloud
Julia Weiss as Spot, Lt. Rita King

Brought to you by Lagunitas through the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST209_Brevity_is_the.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26am CDT

The crew needs to face their fears, like you do.

Improvised August 26, 2018 from a suggestion by Joel Svenson via Facebook, when we had no idea there'd be spiders in episode 207.

Edited by Roger Payton

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity via the Chicago Podcast Coop

Starring

Carl Clancy as Arachnina the Spider Queen, Chief O'Daugherty, Pup
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Doggo Queen
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Failure Queen
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Ensign Spot, En. Steverson
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg

 

Direct download: IST208_OopsAllSpiders.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:38pm CDT

Rita springs twitterpation on an alien captain.

Improvised on April 7, 2019 from a suggestion by Gavin Rehder via Facebook

Starring

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King
Chris Rathjen as Alien Captain
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson

News

Thanks for coming to C2E2! Check out our Youtube page for video!
We appeared on the Final Frontier Podcast Ep 33!
Thanks to new iTunes reviewers!

Direct download: ISTBonus_20190411.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 11:07pm CDT

Improving their project management causes the crew of the Sisyphus more problems than they can count on their many limbs.

Performed LIVE on March 23, 2019 at the Cards Against Humanity Comedy Stage at C2E2 in Chicago, IL.

Starring

Rayna Caskey as Ensign Bobbi Intern
Dan Granata as Lt. DeFarge
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, En. Baskin
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Pierre Spidier, Pierre Spidier Junier
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, En. Operator, a spider
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, En. Spot
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Lizard Guy, En. Randall

Live Foley by Dan Granata

Podcast Episode Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity via the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Live performance courtesy of the Cards Against Humanity Comedy Stage at C2E2

Title suggestions via Twitter:

Three Long Days - Matthew Doll(@ArchiCroc)

Warmups:
Space Pickles - David Samba (@DavidSamba13)
The Last Litter Box - Ronald Hobbs (@evilbob2200)
The Deadly Supermoon - Robert Sharp (@sharobob)
The Impossible Air Banana - Keegan S (@jumphighfive)

Direct download: IST_207_C2E22019.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:19pm CDT

Grabbing a table, with the rest of his party on the way, proves to be one of Captain Baxter’s most infuriating missions.

Improvised February 3rd 2019 from a suggestion by Julia Bedford via Facebook.

Starring:

Matt Young as Captain Baxter and Ambassador who likes to Annex

Chris Rathjen as Comdr. Corbomite Hayes, SpappleBees Employee and Mind Parasite.

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson and Ambassador Glaukon

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon and Bartender/Mind Parasite

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern and Maitre ‘d

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity via the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: ISTep206TableforOne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23am CDT

The crew is going to the cargo bay, and they’re gonna get ma-a-arried.

Improvised January 20, 2019 from a suggestion by Orla McGovern via Facebook.

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Starring
Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern, Skrynexian Footsoldier
Sean Kelley as Lt. Carl, Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Skrynexian Footsoldier
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Undifferentiated Soup-Spouse, Fleet/C
Nick Wagner as Ch’arles Lorem, Rip Soupley, Skrynexian Footsoldier, Moot/A
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Admiral Portia Hayes, En. Cecile Operator, Skrynexian Captain, Tira, Glorbel/B

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity via the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST205_ToHaveInTheHold.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:26pm CDT

The Borg attempt a new strategy for recruitment, and Zarlene finds it difficult to resist.

Bonus improvised as a warm-up on January 13, 2019 from a suggestion by Brandon Makaryk via Facebook

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:
Sean Kelley as Borg
Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon

News:
Are you a Hugo Nominator? Do you have a friend who is a Hugo nominator who you've been meaning to recommend Improvised Star Trek to? Hugo nominations are due March 15, and Improvised Star Trek would like offer itself up for your consideration in the category of Best Fancast! And whether you are or not, we have a list of some of our best eps of 2018 on our website.

We'll be doing a live podcast performance at C2E2: March 23 on the CAH Comedy Theater Stage - keep an eye on our SM for details.

New reviews since November: tersegal, Anna Poulton, Slitherclaw, rangatology, Jadzia, Hellywood, JamesZa, CaptainRyan007; big thanks!

LLAP

Direct download: B126_I_Fought_the_Borg.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 7:08pm CDT

Will the crew catch the leader of the Shaimes gang before they're ripped apart?

 

Featuring

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes

Eli Mandel as Lt. Rip Stipey, Dancing Gang Member

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Gange Member

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern

Eric Scull as En. Chaplin

Julia Weis as En. Spot

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon

Direct download: IST204_TheAssassinationOfRipStipley.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 8:30pm CDT

We're happy to spread the word about a new SciFi Comedy podcast from Earlwolf that we think you, the listeners of Improvised Star Trek, might also enjoy:

Voyage to the Stars
follows the misadventures of a group of misfits that accidentally found themselves on the wrong side of a wormhole, trying not to blow up the galaxy on their way home. Starring Felicia Day, Colton Dunn, Janet Varney, and Steve Berg. The universe will never be the same. Check out Voyage to the Stars in Apple Podcasts: www.apple.co/voyage

Direct download: ISTBonus_VTTS_Preview.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

The Sisyphus crew, under Captain Barometer, who's totally been the captain the whole time, head for the mysterious planet Cartle. Meanwhile, they start to remember blacking out for a couple of minutes earlier in the day...

This episode was improvised on September 30, 2018 from a suggestion by Susan Reid via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull
Additional music arrangement by Sarah P. Davis

Starring:

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern, Fish, Prisoner
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Cockney Bartender
Derek Martz as Captain Barometer
Christopher Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite B. Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Prisoner
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, En. Spot, Altimeter


This episode is brought to you by Lagunitas as part of the Chicago Podcast Co-Op

Direct download: Ep_203_A_Search_for_Lost_Time.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:40pm CDT

Captain Baxter crank it up a notch with some nightlife, Crick cranks it down a notch with some clones. From each according to their crank; to each according their notch.

Improvised August 12, 2018 from a suggestion by Emily Grenon via Facebook.

Edited by Roger Payton

Featuring

Sean Kelley as Crick Watson, Friendly Native, Mary Shellys Brideof-Frankenstein
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Andorianman, a Bluocrat, Friendly Native
Chris Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Ch'arles Lorem, a Bluocrat, Frankenstein, Friendly Native
Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, Ticket Agent, Swampthing
Matt Young as Julius V. Baxter, Vulcan Captain, a Bluocrat


Sponsored by Safehouse Chicago via The Chicago Podcast Coop
Direct download: IST202_BlueShirtGroup.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm CDT

Dreams can be revealing, like a closet opening to reveal cloaks or a ship decloaking to reveal… small-town Romulans? Honestly, this episode should probably speak it’s own truth.

 

Starring

Chris Rathjen as Comdr. Corbomite Hayes

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Vilock's Son and Man inside the Mirror

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson and Subcommander Vilock

Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stiply

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Improvised October 21st, 2018 from a suggestion by Ben Ferber via Twitter.

 

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Direct download: ISTep201InSpaceNoOneCanHearYouDream.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:47pm CDT

The USS Sisyphus gets the drop on another Universe.

Improvised Live at the Some Theater in Chicago, IL, USA December 18, 2018

Suggestion by audience member Yike Lu.

Starring

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern
Griffen Eckstein as Rick the EEH
Dan Granata as Computer & Chief DuFarge
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Derferation President
Eli Mandel as Acting Security Cheif Rip Stipley
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem Cpt. Horma Horman
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, En. Spot

This episode sponsored by the Jackbox Party Pack 5.

Thanks for 200 folks!  A video of this performance is available on the Improvised Star Trek Youtube page: https://youtu.be/V9tLU4gdoZw

Direct download: IST200_FreeFallin.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:12pm CDT

Follow us on Facebook and Periscope to watch our 200th episode improvised live!

https://www.pscp.tv/improvstartrek/

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Or, if you're in Chicago, get your ticket to see us in person! 

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3920195 

Show starts at 8pm central time!

Direct download: IST200_promo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm CDT

Rita and Lorem have died of Syphilis.

Improvised September 30, 2018 from a suggestion by Justin Kavanaugh via Facebook

Staring

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King

with

Reyna Caskey as Loraine
Sean Kelley as Cow
Chris Rathjen as Constance
Gepetto, Sandra, Mertle, Frell, & Bler as themselves

We're having a special Live show to celebrate our 200th episode.  Check out our website for details on how to join us in Chicago or stream the show live December 18!

Direct download: ISTBonus_20181206_BajoriganTrail.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 11:10am CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

Captain Baxter's quest for the perfect Christmas mission is a resounding success, assuming your family traditions include cabin fever and existential dread. 

Improvised on 9/3/2017. Title suggested by Nat Blackburn via Twitter

 

Matt Young as Captain Baxter

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes, Dirk Snowman

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzo

Eli Mandel as Lt. Rip Stipley, Doug Snowman

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Mr. Snowman

Julia Weiss as Ensign Spot, Jiminy

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson, Steve Snowman

 

Direct download: IST177_BabyItsOldOutside.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 3:41pm CDT

It's a normal day when Rip & Bobbi try to keep the new intern occupied, but the USS Sisyphus may be about to experience a divine internvention.

Improvised November 5, 2017 from a suggestion by Brian Sebby via Facebook.

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Featuring

Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern
Sean Kelly as Lt. Cdr.Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson, Cockney Bartender
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Lt. Bronson
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Billy Swanson

With Special Guest Ashkahn Jahromi as "Terse Skipley"

Sponsored by Simplecast a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop

Featuring a special bonus Mini-sode "Strongarm Armstrong and the Strongest Arm," improvised from a suggestion by Nat Blackburn

Direct download: IST176_WhatDoesGodNeedWithAnInternship.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

A mysterious discovery from Earth's past sends the Sisyphus back in time. But a new commander may be concealing a zip best left unzopped.

Improvised June 21, 2017 from a suggestion by @blinovich via Twitter

Edited by Roger Payton

Sponsored by Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop

 

Direct download: IST175_TimsArrow.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:13pm CDT

When a care package from Admiral Hayes contains a top of the line Federation android, Captain Baxter reassigns Lt. Comdr. Watson to patrol the corridors with security. Will this new android render the crew obsolete or will Lt. Comdr. Watson secure everyone’s jobs by exposing a flourishing drug ring?

Improvised August 6th, 2017 from a suggestion by Ron Harvey Jr. via Facebook

Edited by Hannah Parsons

 

Starring:

Matt Young as Captain Baxter

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

Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Comdr James and Ensign Lacky

With Special Guest Brian Holden as Info

 

This episode is sponsored by Cards Against Humanity.

 

Direct download: IST174MamasaidtheredbeDataslikethis.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:52am CDT

The Sisyphus crew regale each other with scary stories. It soon becomes clear that certain sinister elements overlap...

Improvised on September 3rd, 2017 from a suggestion by Katie Utke via Facebook

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Buddy, Rocker
Eli Mandell as Rip Stipley, Skip, Borg
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Rick
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Borg, Cpt. Benjamin Sisko
Julia Weiss as Ensign Spot, Amanda, Moon
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Ace, Rocker
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter, Lt. Greg, Thomas Riker

With Special Guest Appearance by Shad Kunkle as Lt. Gary Williamson

This episode is sponsored by Cards Against Humanity.

Direct download: Ep_173_Happy_Holo-ween_Tales_from_the_Holodeck.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:36am CDT

Captain Baxter explores a bleak future where Corbo and Rita are finally on the same page.

 

Impovised on July 9, 2017. Title suggested by Robert Fontenot via Facebook.

 

Featuring:

Matt Young as Captain Baxter, Cmdr. Greg

Julia Weiss as Cmdr. Rita King, Captain Starling Mastro

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson

Nick Wagner as Cmdr. Ch'arles Lorem

Chris Rathjen as Super Admiral Corbomite Hayes

Eli Mandel as Acting Admiral Rip Stipley, Jeremy Swanson

Rayna Caskey as Janelle

 

 

 

Direct download: IST172-TheDankestTimeline.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:14pm CDT

Rip has the Captain right where he wants him, and is prepared to go all the way for the Sisyphus' command codes.

This episode was improvised as a warm-up scene on September 3, 2017 from a suggestion by Matthew Thomas Antosh via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:

Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stipley
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King
Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter

News and Announcements:

The next full episode of IST will be released 10/15/2017. Then, the following episode on 10/29.

Check out Eli Mandel on the MBSing Podcast, talking about his passion for Jackie Chan.

Direct download: B116_No_Mr_Baxter.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 2:20am CDT

Rayvek's seven year itch has the crew on pins and salves.  But will the USS Sisyphus's latest rescue mission lead to Vulcan hello, or some other discovery?

Improvised Mat 21, 2017 from a suggestion by @CountCarver via twitter.

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Featuring
Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern
Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr Crick Watson, Delphine Chancellor
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, En. Spot, Vilek
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity through the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Featuring music from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Direct download: IST171_GoneFarr.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:07pm CDT

When Baxter & Rayvek find themselves stranded in subspace, the rest of the crew end up rudderless. There’s some ugly crying in here.

Improvised on May 14, 2017 from a suggestion Paul Nichols via Facebook

Edited by Roger Payton

Featuring

Dan Granata as Jeb, DeFarge, Arboretum Punk
Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek, Arboretum Punk
Sean Kelley as Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Zeke, Rip Stipley, Jeremy Swanson
Nick Wagner as Ch’arles Lorem, a Ferengi
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Greg, Arboretum Punk, a Ferengi

Featuring music from "Cuttin the Mullet" by the South Austin Jug Band

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

Direct download: IST170_StrandedintheSubSpaceofLove.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 1:27pm CDT

A quantum entanglement threatens to endanger the crew of the Sisyphus and takes root right where it hurts most - within the ship's handheld loose meat. DuFarge and Lorem get to know each other. Rip upgrades his communicator.

This episode was improvised on May 14, 2017 from a suggestion by Joel Svensson via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek, British Child

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Lt. Carl, Historian

Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter, Lt. Greg, Federation President

Eli Mandell as Rip Stipley, Luis

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, British Child

Dan Granata as Lt. DuFarge

 

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, a member of the Chicago Podcast Co-Op

 

Direct download: Ep_169__Taco_Doomsday.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:02am CDT

When a talent-stealing alien visits the USS Sisyphus...oh no, he took my skills at writing episode summaries!

Improvised April 2, 2017 from a suggestion by Joe Redhead via Facebook

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Starring

Rayna Caskey as Ensign Bobbi Intern
Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek
Sean Kelley as Lt.Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Acting Security Chief Rip Stipley
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Scooter
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Gorbulus, Greg

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

Featuring Music from The Best of Jazz Vibes

Direct download: IST168_SkeletonWasInsideYouAllAlong.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:23pm CDT

Ep 167: Like Literally Forever

Captain Baxter steps on some sentient grass on an alien world and gets sentenced to another stint in a mind-prison. Meanwhile, the crew cascades through his mind palaces with LITERAL abandon.

Improvised May 28th, 2017 from a suggestion by John Godwin via Facebook

 

Featuring:

Matt Young as Captain Baxter, Greg and Reporter

Chris Rathjen as Comdr. Corbomite Hayes and Alien

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem and Alien

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson

Eli Mandel as Acting Chef Rip Stiply, Lt. Jeremy Swanson, Publisher and Alien

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon and Alien

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Henrietta the Wish Queen Fairy and Henrietta the sick child

 

Edited by Hannah Parsons

 

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

Direct download: IST167LikeLiterallyForever.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:27am CDT

When Rayvek takes a break from her counseling duties, the rest of the crew follows her lead and takes a break...from their sanity

 

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Lt. Rayvek

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zonalzon

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson, Holographic Abraham Lincoln

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Hayes, Stock Suburban Character

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Rayna Caskey as Intern Bobbi

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Spot

Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Brandon, Brandina

Direct download: IST166_OnlyTheBroken.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:43pm CDT

Lorem embraces other peoples' heritage.

Improvised as a warm-up on April 2, 2014 from a title by Ryan Soto on Facebook

Starring
Sean Kelley as Crick Watson
Nick Wagner as Ch'arles Lorem

Featuring
Rayna Caskey as Intern Bobbi
Eleanor Hollingsworth as an Ensign
Eli Mandel as Rip Stiply
Chris Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes

Plus The News:

Check out our new website!

Thanks for all the iTunes Reviews! Keep 'em coming!

Music: Jupiter by Gustav Holst, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Well done Juno Mission!

Direct download: IST_Bonus20170711_ItsEarthDayCharlieLorem.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 2:48pm CDT

Corbomite, Rita, & Ch'arles go antiquing, but will the real steal be a vintage endtable, or the theft of their futures?


Improvised on February 26, 2017 from a suggestion by Saskia Slottje on Facebook

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek, Ujevenivia
Sean Kelley as Lt.Cdr Crick Watson, Horace
Christopher Rathjen as Gerard, Cdr. Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Julia Weiss as Rougie, Lt. Rita King, Cordelphia
The Sponges as Themselves

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

Direct download: IST165_YoureOnlyOldOnce.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:59pm CDT

There is more below the surface when the Sisyphus encounters a group of Federation hopefuls. Rip and Lorem begin adjusting to their new roles on the ship, Crick takes a side-job, and Intern Bobbi intercepts some interesting transmissions.

Improvised March 19, 2017 from a suggestion by Mckenzie Alexander Boyle via Facebook

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring

Rayna Caskey as Intern Bobbi, Deeny
Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek
Sean Kelley as Gerlis, Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandell as Rip Stipley, Jeremy Swanson, Dad
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite B. Hayes
Nick Wagner - Clorvis, Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary-Cait Walthall - En. Operator, Jeeny, Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Matt Young - Melvis, Lt. Greg, Cpt. Baxter

This episode is sponsored by Field Notes Brand through the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Direct download: 164_Ep_164__The_Stupidest_Planet_in_the_World.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:22pm CDT

Rip takes Ch'arles and Crick to his home away from home on the range, while Counselor Rayvek helps the crew face the varmints within.

Improvised February 12, 2017, from a suggestion by Scott Morales via Facebook.

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Featuring

Rayna Caskey as Bobbi the Intern, Lupe the (Holo)wolf
Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek, Jonathan the (Holo)wolf
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson
Nick Wagner as Ch'arles Lorem, Holographic King Kong
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Mama (Holo)wolf

Sponsored by Know Your Company, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST163-WolfWhoCriedBoy.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:40pm CDT

Talents emerge and a new crew member starts at the most important location on the ship: Starboards.

 

Rayna Caskey joins the cast as Ensign Bobbie Intern!

 

Also, you can see Chris, Sean, and Julia at the Cards Against Humanity Live! show at the Greenhouse Theater on Friday April 26th. 

https://www.greenhousetheater.org/cardsagainsthumanitylive

Direct download: ISTBonus-ChChanges.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm CDT

Ensign Operator gets major warning signs when the Sisyphus encounters the Maulvic Empire, which has a pretty sweet ski slope, brah.

Improvised January 8th 2017 from a suggestion by Lyara Malv via Facebook

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Featuring

Mary Cait Walthall as Ensign Operator, Dr. Zonalzon

Matt Young as Capt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg

Chris Rathjen as Captain Gordo, Holographic Abraham Lincoln, Holographic Matt Smith

Eli Mandel as Maulvic Lieutenant 

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

 

Sponsored by Field Notes brand

Some music by Thievery Corporation

Direct download: IST162_RedFlagShip.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

Enjoy this lost episode from 2013, 2373, when the crew get embroiled in a seedy starbase ensign fighting ring.

Improvised from a suggestion by Justin Kavanaugh

Scored by Dan Granta

Starring
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Ensign Lackey, Cpt. Alistaire Cookie
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Bouncer, MC
Irene Marquette as Lt. Lady Cola, Cocktail Waitress
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Ensign Ch'arles Lorem, Cdr. Manny Chartruse
Julia Weiss as Cdr. Moe Philmore

Direct download: ISTBonus_The3PipClub.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 12:43pm CDT

Space & buckets, together at last.

Improvised December 18. 2016 from a suggestion Rob Taffen

Edited by Roger Payton

Griffen Eckstein as James T. Jamms

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Ray ek

Sean Kelly as LtCdr. Crick Watson

Irene Marquette as En Holga

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Matt Young as Cpt Julius V Baxter

Sponsored by Know Your Company, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop

Direct download: IST161_Spacebuckets.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

The Cheloxian diplomatic mission, if that's even the right word for whatever this is, is getting complicated as Cmdr. Hayes and the crew try to decide whether they're really feeling what they ought to be feeling by this point in a diplomatic encounter. Meanwhile, Counselor Rayvek explores the relationship between Ch'arles and Lorem.

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes

Eli Mandel as Cheloxian Prime Minister

Mary Cait Walthall as Prittania and Ensign Operator

Sean Kelly as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek and Porter

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Direct download: IST160-FifthContact.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm CDT

A special bonus episode, suggested by Ben Syn. Improvised on March 19, 2017.

Direct download: ISTBonus-Elementary-Crick-Watson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm CDT

Words can kill! But what else can they do? ...When the Sisyphus transports one of the Federation's top-ranked poets, a rivalry may spell bad things for the crew. Meanwhile, Rip Stipley finds himself in a different kind of prison...

This episode was improvised on October 2, 2016 from a suggestion by Eddie Krakhmalnikov via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:

Rayna Caskey as Mrs. Buttersbee
Eli Mandell as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson, Cockney Bartender
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, En. Operator, Computer
Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter, Lt. Greg, Cockney Rough, Audience Member

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity via the Chicago Podcast Co-Op.

Direct download: Ep_159__Mrs_Buttersbee.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:11pm CDT

Responding to a distress call on a distant moon, the crew finds themselves treading water in the salty space ocean of their deepest fears. They'd probably all drown too but their cultural insensitivity to Rayvek and Tricorder 7Plus's keep them buoyed with self-importance. SHARK!!!

Recorded on April 17th 2016 from a suggestion by Joel Svenson via facebook

Featuring

Matt Young as Captain Baxter, Lt. Greg, Distress Caller, Martha

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, Distress Caller and Moon Person

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek, R'Vella and Distress Caller

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem, David Carlile

Eli Mandel as Acting Security Guard Rip Stiply, Jeremy Swanson and Distress Caller

 

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Music from the Jaws soundtrack composed by John Williams

Direct download: IST158ConstantlyontheMoonlikeaShark.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:49am CDT

Will sparks fly when Rip and Rita crash land, or will the rest of the crew just stop responding to messages and totally ghost them for no apparent reason I mean why even bother swiping right if you won't even send a message to the person you swiped right on?

Improvised on December 11, 2016, from a suggestion from @engrpe on Twitter.

 

Featuring:

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, Fairy with a Nice Face

Eli Mandel as Acting Chef Rip Stipley

Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon

Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

 

Edited by Nick Wagner

 

Direct download: IST157_Tinder.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:26pm CDT

Lt. Son faces his greatest test yet. Testing.

Improvised July 24th, 2016 from a suggestion by Tyson Thorp via Facebook

Edited by Chris Rathjen

 

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Son, Lt. Lackey
Dleanor Hollingsworth Counselor Rayvek, R'Vella
Sean Kelly as Lt. Carl, Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Cardassian
Eli Mandel as R.D., Rip Stipley
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Past Proctor, Guild President, Dr. F'gaux
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King
Matt Young Cpt. Julius V. Baxter, The Proctor

Direct download: IST156_RescueDogTheDogThatRescues.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

The crew experiences trials, both in space and planet side, I do declare.

Improvised on November 16, 2016 from a suggestion by David Quinn via Facebook

Featuring

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr Crick Watson, J.A.G. Beauregard T. Dixison
Eli Mandel as Headman, Lt. Jeremy Swanson, Acting Lawyer Rip Stipley
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalson
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Direct download: IST155_BeamMeUpBeforeYouGoGirl.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Rip brings it in.

Improvised on January 8, 2017 from a suggestion by Rob Coffin

Featuring

Eli Mandel as Rip Stiply

Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter

 

News

Direct download: ISTBonus_20170117_ActingCaptainRipStipley.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

An unexpected vessel brings unexpected complications for the Sisyphus; Lieutenant DuFarge has his day; Corbomite and Lorem take a walking tour.

This episode was improvised on October 23, 2016 from a title suggestion by Joe Redhead via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring:

Sherman Edwards as Brian Hemsworth
Dan Granata as Lt. DuFarge, Cdr. Toro
Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, On*Lt.
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius V. Baxter, EMH, Lt. Greg

This episode is sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, a member of the Chicago Podcast Co-Op.

Special Thanks to Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Gary Usher, and Fred Fassert.

Direct download: Ep_154__Abandoned_Ship.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:10am CDT

The Ferengi's attack during contest week, winning the Sisyphus crew a ship careening out of control. Oh and don't forget it's Christmas and the new Captain has banned use of the replicators. If it weren't for the magic of science this episode would be grimmer than Tiny Tim's prospects. 

Improvised September 4th, 2016 from a suggestion by Joe TeamValor Grönroos via Facebook

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Featuring

Matt Young as Captain Baxter, Lt. Greg, Ferengi 3

Chris Rathjen as Comdr. Corbomite Hayes, Scooter

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem, Ferengi 1

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson, Jewish Engineer

Eli Mandel as Acting Chef Rip Stiply, Ferengi 2, Tiny Tim Engineer

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, Ensgn. Operator

Guest Starring

Allison Ringhand as Barb Sandgwick

 

Ads voiced by Samuel Parsons

Direct download: ISTEp153_TheStarshipThatCouldntSlowDown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm CDT

The Romulans are up to some sneaky time tricks, so Ensign Operator needs to teach cavemen to play with fire, but without a poker... Get it? Poker? POKE ER? GET IT? 

 

Mat Young as Captain Baxter, Lt. Greg

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Hayes, Caveman, Romulan Trickster

Mary Cait Walthall as Ensign Operator

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson, Caveman

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, Sub-Commander Tichel, Caveman

Eli Mandel as Acting Chef Rip Stipley, Romulan Commander, Thag

Direct download: IST152-FireTheGreatestInventionOfAllTime.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:12pm CDT

Rip and Lorem find themselves in a real pickle. By which we mean penis.

Improvised on October 9, 2016 from a suggestion by Tyson Thorpe via Facebook.

Featuring
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley
Rayna Caskey as Kelly the Intern
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Mary Cait Walthall as Dong Oligarch, Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Julia Weiss as Dong Oligarch, Lt. Rita King, Ashley, En. Spot
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter

Sponsored by Emporium, a member of the Chicago Podcast Co-Op

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Direct download: IST151_PlanetoftheDongs.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:36pm CDT

When a career counselor drops by, the crew begins to contemplate their sunny futures.

Improvised August 28, 2016 from a suggestion by Joel Svenson via facebook.

Sponsored by Basecamp, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop


Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek
Sean Kelly as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandel as Rip Stiply
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Lauren Walker as Psydkick the PsychicMary Cait Walthall as En. Operator, Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King, En. Spot, En. Engineering

Direct download: IST150_OhThePlacesYoullBoldyGo.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

News for Nov. 7th!

Many thanks to NerdCon for inviting us to participate and perform in their wonderful convention this year.

Eli Mandel is performing his solo comedy show "Crownin' Around" on Wednesdays in November at the iO theater. It is sure to be hilarious, and more details can be found in the link below:

http://ioimprov.com/chicago/show/crownin-around-solo-comedy-performance-show-king/2016-11-02/

 

Check out Eric Scull chatting with Pats in PatTrek, discussing the Season 2 TNG episode The Royale.

http://pattrek.space

 

And many thanks to all of our recent iTunes reviewers! Your reviews warm our hearts and our worms.

 

Direct download: ISTBonus_EverybodyGetsASpiritAnimal.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 10:29pm CDT

A promising invitation finds its way to the Sisyphus. Rip makes preparations for his future. The people of Flok'Narr may not be *quite* what they seem... or are they?

Improvised on December 13, 2015 from a suggestion by Dillon Lee via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Starring
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Blagnar the Magnificent, Smart Babe
Shad Kunkle as The Admiral
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Emmanuel Hounini, Babe #2, Hunk, Lt. Jeremy Swanson
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite B. Hayes, Von Bronson
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, The Absolver
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, David Coppervell, Christiana Angelle, Talamia
Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter, Damien, Lt. Greg, Babe #3

This episode is brought to you by Cards Against Humanity through the Chicago Podcast Co-Op.

Happy Halloween! From the Cast & Crew of Improvised Star Trek.

Direct download: IST_149_Guess_Whos_Coming_to_FlokNarr.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:30pm CDT

Performed live at NerdCon Stories 2016! 

 

Featuring:

Dan Granata as Computer, Sound Wizard, Klingon Navigator

Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Corbomite Hayes

Sean Kelley as Cmdr. Crick Watson, Klingon Sub-Sub-Commander

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

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Rayvek

Julia Weiss as Lt. Rita King

Eli Mandel as Acting Doctor Rip Stipley

 

Direct download: ISTBonus_BowlOfSoup_NerdConStories.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 8:48am CDT

The crew gets down in the muck with some real raw and gritty opera, while the local inhabitants learn the value of hard labor.

Improvised on July 24, 2016. Title suggested by Derek Koshinski.

Featuring:

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr Crick Watson

Matt Young as Captain Baxter, Sally

Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, Debora the Native

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counsellor Rayvek, Stephanie the Native

Nick Wagner as Ch'arles Lorem, Donald the Native

Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder

Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Hayes, Scooter

 

Direct download: IST148_Fritzcarraldo.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:04pm CDT

Counselor Rayvek tries to figure out what's on the ship's mind, seeing as how she's on its deck.

Featuring

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek
Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder
& Iona Kelley as Sisyfritz Jr.


Improvised July 24,2016 from a suggestion by Makenzie Alexander Boyle


News

Direct download: ISTBonus_20161002TheMindoftheSisyphus.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Fritz and Cecile have a heart-to-heart. The bridge crew combats their fears. The away team gets more than they bargained for when taking shelter from a storm...

 

Improvised June 26, 2016 from a suggestion by @RuebensPeopleCo

Edited by Chris Rathjen

 

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder, Leopold Lackey, Mailman Mikhail
Sean Kelley as Crick Watson, A Stiplishit
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson, A Stiplishit
Chris Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes, Ranger Andro, A Stiplishit
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem, Ranger Solitude, A Stiplishit
Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, E. Operator, A Stiplishit
Matt Young as Julius V. Baxter, Lt. Greg

Introducing Iona Kelley as Sisyfritz Jr.

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop
Iconic Trek Sounds courtesy of TrekCore.com; Music From Star Trek:TNG composed by Dennis McCarthy and Ron Jones

Direct download: IST147_TheTimetheLandForgot.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

Fritz shows Rip who's boss.  Also who's Rump.

Improvised June 26 from a suggestion by Joe Redhead via Facebook.


Featuring
Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder
Eli Mandel as Rip/Rump Stiply/Stumply
Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter

News:

Direct download: ISTBonus_20160920RumpStumply.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 1:53pm CDT

Captain Baxter tasks Commander Hayes with exterminating a flying squirrel.

Featuring
Griffen Eckstein as Chief Engineer Fritz Fassbinder
Chris Rathjen as Commander Corbomite Hayes
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter

Improvised as a warm-up July 24th from a suggestion by Byron Walthall.

 

News:

Direct download: ISTBonus_20160914_FritzGetsAManBun.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 11:06am CDT

The Crew of the Sisyphus visit the court of the Love King on the Planet of Love, while Counselor Rayvek experiences the Vulcan condition known as FO'MO.

Improvised on June 12 from a suggestion by Jason Stohler via facebook.

Edited by Roger Payton

Featuring

Eleanor Hollingsworth as Shallot, Counselor Rayvek
Sean Kelly as Admiral Damocles, Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Cockney Bartender
Eli Mandel as Rip Stiply, Rutabega, Lt. Jeremy Swanson
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, The Love King, Dr. F'Gaux
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem, TT'Rip
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, Aubergine

 

Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, part of the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Direct download: IST146_StopInTheNameoftheLoveKing.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:15am CDT

The crew led by Cdr. Hayes encounter a unique life form, which may have hostile intentions. A courtship ritual takes center stage.

This episode was improvised on July 31, 2016. Title suggested by Tyson Thorp via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull

Featuring

Griffen Eckstein as Squircle, Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbender, Lt. Leopold Lackey, Lt. Son
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson
Eli Mandell as Acting Rip Stipley, Rhombus
Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Trhombus
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon, En. Operator, Triangle

This episode is sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, a member of the Chicago Podcast Co-Op.

Check out Talking Games.

Direct download: Ep_145_Squircle_Part_Square_Part_Circle.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:16am CDT

This week's news: 

Many thanks to the Chicago Nerd Comedy festival and all of the folks who came to see our show there this year!

 

We are now a finalist in the Parsec Awards! 

http://www.parsecawards.com

 

Check out Eric Scull talking about one of his favorite movies, Frequency, on the Cinescope podcast. 

https://www.thecinescopepodcast.com/2016/08/18/episode-3-frequency/

 

Join us at NerdCon Stories in Minneapolis this October, where we'll be doing a show, panels, a workshop, and more!

http://nerdconstories.com

 

Direct download: ISTBonus_AlienVPredatorEsq.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 10:06am CDT

The crew can't keep a lid on it when a special ops officer arrives for a secret mission. 

Improvised on May 29th 2016. Title suggested by Mackenzie Alexander Boyle via Facebook.

Edited by Nick Wagner 

 

Featuring

Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Squagular

Christopher Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes, Voletrawn

Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem

Katie Schutte as Ensign Manger, Quabar

Sean Kelly as Crick Watson, Admiral 

Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Kreamer

 

This episode is brought to you by Inventables. Learn more about Carvey, their new 3D carving machine, at inventables.com

 

 

Direct download: IST144_CodeNameEnsignDanger.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:21pm CDT