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

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