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.

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


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.

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


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



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


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 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

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


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.



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