Improvised Star Trek
For ten years Improvised Star Trek explored 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. Improvised Star Trek is a fan production. Star Trek is property of CBS.

Improvised Star Trek will be returning to the iO stage January 25th at midnight! Save the date, and if you have access to some sort of time travelling device, use it to go there now and then come back and tell us how the show will be.

We're celebrating our upcoming live shows with a commentary track for the TNG episode "Hide and Q." Please enjoy!

Direct download: IST_commentary_hide_and_q.mp3
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A special piece produced by the cast of the Klingon Christmas Carol. Improvised Star Trek loves the Klingon Christmas Carol, and so should you. The show runs through Dec. 30th at the Raven Theatre in Chicago IL.

Direct download: klingon_promo.mp3
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Direct download: ISTBonus_ItsAWonderfulTrek.m4v
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Direct download: IST_YearEnd2012.mp3
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Sorry, no episode this week, but you can hear us pull names out of a hat! Thanks to those of you who entered our contest!

Direct download: ISTFathomwinners.mp3
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Enter our contest! Its free and easy!

Direct download: ISTcontest_tgiving.mp3
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The first step is admitting you have a sandwich. ALSO:Listen for details on how to win FREE TICKETS to the TNG Season 2 Screening Nov 29!

Direct download: ISTBonus_rehabplanet.mp3
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When a team of geologists goes missing on Ordorian II, the crew must dig deep to find answers. 

Direct download: IST55_ThePenetrant.mp3
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When Cmdr. Hayes spends the night in Lady Cola's brig, he makes some new friends and some new enemies. Recorded Feb. 2012 from a suggestion from Darren Amaya.

Direct download: IST_In_the_Brig_Blues.mp3
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Its a goulish night of terror and treats when the Sisyphus celebrates All Holodeck's Eve.  Will the arboreatum gets teepeed again this year?

Direct download: IST54_AllHolodecksEve.mp3
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Lorem & Hayes discuss their Holodeck's Eves plans. Next week's esidode:"All Holodeeck's Eve."

Direct download: ISTBonus_HolodeckPrev.mp3
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A sweet discovery leads to some metaphorically rotten teeth when Cmdr. Hayes and Lt. Cola beam down to Papara, the ice cream planet.

Direct download: IST_ep_53_In_Space_Everyone_Screams_for_Ice_Cream.mp3
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Capt. Baxter and Lt. Lady Cola are stuck in a cave. I don't know what else to say.

Direct download: ISTBonus_Qavern100712.mp3
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A survey of ancient ruins threatens the ship with...well, theres some debate on what.

Direct download: IST52_WhereFiends.mp3
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The crew of the Sisyphus is instructed to review a mission log of the USS Enterprise, Starfleet's flagship.

Direct download: ISTCommentary_11001001.mp3
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This week Improvised Star Trek participated in TrekMate's 24-Hour Podathon. To do our part to raise money for Amnesty International and the Watford General Hospital Special Care Baby Unit, we improvised an entire episode live on-air, complete with special effects and soundtrack courtesy of Dan Granata on the soundboard. Please enjoy!

Direct download: Bonus_Ep__The_Improvised_Star_Trek_Into_Darkness.mp3
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While enjoying the mall on Starbase 22, Captain Baxter makes a questionable purchase which leads to Godhood.

Direct download: IST51_LiveLongandBuyaTimeshare.mp3
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A bonus scene from June 24th, 2012 explores the creative process, plus news for Sept 1, 2012.

Direct download: IST090112Bonus_CaptainsDoc.mp3
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When a starfleet officer is held prisoner on planet Florgorn, a crack team from the Sisyphus is sent to free them.

Direct download: IST50_AwayMissionImpossible.mp3
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Happy birthday to Jonathan Frakes, from the Improvised Star Trek cast!

Direct download: doublerikerfinal-H.264_for_Video_Podcasting.m4v
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After Captain Baxter's mysterious demise, the crew scrambles to fill the resulting power vaccuum. Recorded on July 1st, 2012. Title suggested by K Scott Huntley via Facebook.

Direct download: A_Worm_A_Worm_My_Kingdom_for_a_Worm.mp3
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Fritz finds something unexpected when he tries to steal something from Lady Cola's quarters; a bit of himself.

Direct download: ISTBonus_InAMimicDarkly.mp3
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The USS Sisyphus encounters a Romulan ship when a rescue mission takes it in to the Neutral Zone.  But is everything as it appears? SPOILER ALERT: It is not.

With Special Guest Julia Weiss.  Recorded July 15, 2012.  Title suggested by comic artist Ben Templesmith. Title solicited by @TheMightyGarn, winner of Improvised Star Trek's "Get Us A Celebrity Suggestion from the San Diego Comic Con" contest.

Direct download: IST48_ICantBelieveItsNotRomulus.mp3
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Captain Baxter and LtCdr Watson find themselves in a tight spot, but luckily have their trusty tricorder on hand.

Improvised as an unnamed warmup scene 1/8/2010. Names post-facto from a suggestion by Jon Forsythe.

Direct download: ISTBonus_072312TriTricorderAgain.mp3
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Can the crew of the Sisyphus rise to the occassion for a diplomatic summit? What if I told you they were also being visited by lunar rednecks and a randy sex therapist? Also fleas. And a mysterious illness.  God, and we haven't even mentioned Lady Cola...

Improvised April 8, 2012.

Direct download: IST47MyHairLady.mp3
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Captain Baxter and LtCdr. Watson beat the heat.

Next Full Episode airs July 15th.

Direct download: ISTBonus070812_TheFreonFrontier.mp3
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An old friend rescues the Sisyphus, but the USS Garcia then becomes ensnared in the same spacial phenomena that endangered the Sisyphus. Guest starring Joseph Wolff Philips as Capt. Japhy Witman.

Direct download: IST_ep46_Back_in_a_Japhy.mp3
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Find out what happened in the June 2nd live show, which guest starred Anthony LeBlanc as the DesRamone twins.

Direct download: Bonus_Scene-Terror_Syndicate_Epilogue.mp3
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Zorb finally tracks Meraxis to a Federation starship, where he finds the fugitive posing as an ensign.  But the USS Sisyphus has more surprises in store; Zarlene, the wife who abandoned him at the alter 4 years ago, and an intoxicated new romance.  Recorded April 29, 2012 from a suggestion by Zach Perkins.

Direct download: IST45_PostmanHailsTwice.mp3
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The Sisyphus' emergency seperation bolt is blown leaving the ship in two parts, with time running out for both. (Relax, we're just going to have a fun space adventure).  Improvised April 8, 2012.

Direct download: IST44_SpaceAdventure.mp3
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The final show of the Improvised Star Trek's 2012 live run at the iO theater, the episode "The Borg Ate My Homework" featured improv team Pudding Thank You as the Harlem Globetrotters.

Direct download: Borg_Homework-128_Kbps_MP3.mp3
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A prison monologue from Captain Baxter's nemesis gets you caught up on a recent adventure. Sometimes Acidopholis Happens was performed on May 26, 2012 at Chicago's iO Theater from an audience suggestion, with special guest Nate Parkes as Dr. Ricardo Solaris.  Plus news for June 4, 2012. Do forgive a little audio wobble.

Direct download: ISTBonus_Assdopholis.mp3
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Crick and Corbomite enjoy some synthale after an exciting adventure, plus news for the week of 5/20/12. Dinobots was performed at Chicago's iO Theater on 05/19/2012. Now you know what happened.

Direct download: ISTbonus_dinobots052012.mp3
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The crew of the Sisyphus are all super excited when Captain Baxter's nemesis Dr. Solaris shows up and threatens to destroy him. Captain Baxter is slightly less excited.

Improvised March 18th, 2012. Title suggested by @tparadox via Twitter.



Nate Parks as Dr. Solaris, Holographic Darth Vader
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Holographic Abraham Lincoln
Nick Wagner as Ensign Ch'arles Lorem, Holographic Darth Vader
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Bolian First Mate (unnamed)
Mary Cait Walthall as Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cdr. Crick Watson, Holographic Jeff Probst 
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Ens. Lackey

Direct download: IST-EP-43-Holo-Victory.mp3
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Corbomite steps up to meet a diplomatic emergency when an ambassador sees/is red. Plus news for 05/06/12.  Bonus Scene recorded 10/19/11, next new episode 5/13/12.

Direct download: ISTBonus_FuchsiaAlert050612.mp3
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Corbomite attempts to unravel the mystery of the vanishing captain while Fritz's natural charisma inspires the rest of the crew. Recorded March 11, 2012(except for that bit with Baxter). Titled suggested by Padraic Connelly via Facebook.

Direct download: IST_ep_42_The_Vanishing_Hour-2.mp3
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Crick goes to see Dr. Z about a very sensitive issue.

Direct download: IST-Bonus-Moon-Madness.mp3
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Lt. Cmdr. Fassbender creates a new form of life, endowed with shortcomings all too familiar to the crew of the Sisyphus, but entirely unfamiliar to the newest crew member, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Zarlene Zonalzon. Improvised Star Trek welcomes Mary Cait Walthall to the cast as Dr. Zonalzon. 

Direct download: IST-Ep-41-Ensign-Robot.mp3
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In this short scene, the Sisyphus visits the Planet of Echoes. The Sisyphus visits the Planet of Echoes. Recorded May 8, 2011. Title suggested by Noah Blair.

Plus news for April 8, 2012.

Direct download: ISTbonus_planetofechos.mp3
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The Sisyphus finds a basket on its doorstep, and Lt. Morkolitz tries to patch things up with Jill.

Direct download: IST40_AdventuresinSpacebaby.mp3
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Ensign Lorem is sent to fetch something old from the ship's attic. Improvised January 29, 2012 with special guest Bill Stern. 

Plus news for March 25, 2012.

Direct download: IST_bonus_atticantics.mp3
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Cdr. Hayes, LtCdr. Fassbinder, & Ensign Lorem try to find common ground with a hungry anti-matter entity.  Captain Baxter has a good day. Unbelievably good.

Recorded Feb 19, 2012.

Direct download: IST39_TheOmegaAlternative.mp3
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Announcing several changes to Improvised Star Trek!


Firstly, new episodes will now be released biweekly instead of weekly. While we're sorry to make you wait longer between adventures of the USS Sisyphus, the new schedule will ensure that episodes arrive reliably on time, and that every episode meets our highest production standards.  It'll also free us up to produce bonus materials we've wanted to provide. Expect to hear some extras coming your way soon, hopefully to tide you over between new episodes.


Secondly, we're thrilled to welcome a new member to the cast, Mary Cait Walthall.  Mary Cait is an active member of the Chicago improv community, and we're all thrilled to have her on board the Sisyphus.   Listen for her in upcoming episodes!


Lastly, thanks to all of you who listen. If you're a fan of the show, keep spreading the word to your friends. Thats all for now, but we've got some exciting stuff in works, so keep listening, and watch here for all your Improvised Star Trek news.

Direct download: IST_Mo_Tachyons_Mo_Problems-128_Kbps_MP3.mp3
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The crew struggles deliver an ambassador, and Lt. Cola broadens some horizons. With special guest Blaine Swen.

Recorded October 23, 2011.  Suggestion from Darren Amaya via Facebook.

Direct download: IST38_ShuttlecraftShennanigans.mp3
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Starfleet sends the Sisyphus to investigate a strange signal of sagacious origin. Guest starring Dan Granata, recorded January 22, 2012.

Direct download: IST20Ep203720Skyway20to20the20Neutral20Zone.mp3
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In 2063, humans make first contact with an alien species.  In 2161, the United Federation of Planets is formed.  In 2372, the Walt Disney Corporation's copyright on Mickey Mouse runs out. 

Recorded October 30th, 2011.

Direct download: 103011-EngineeringImagineering.mp3
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The senior crew vies to be featured in the Foxes of Starfleet benefit calendar. Meanwhile, Ensign Lorem finally has the bridge all to himself and indulges his secret desires. Guest starring Kristen Studdard as Frau Fassbender. Recorded in an improvised session on Jan 15th, 2012. Title suggested by Paul Nichols.

Direct download: IST20Ep203520Starfleet20Foxes20v3.mp3
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With Captain Baxter away learning about new Borg fighting techniques, the rest of the crew encounter some chilled out Borg recruitment techniques.  Ensign Smelt finds love at his promotion party. Recorded October 23, 2011 from a suggestion by   .

Direct download: BorgyNights.mp3
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Captain Baxter travels back in time to prevent a castrophe, Fritz's marriage hits the skids, and someone learns an important lesson about cleaning up after their pet.

Recorded January 8th, 2012. Suggestion by Dan Granata via twitter.

Direct download: ISTEp33_ThingsPast.mp3
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In this thrilling conclusion, Commander Madison and his ear maggot threaten to take over the Sisyphus while Crick Watson and the U.S.S. Centaur open fire.

Direct download: Ep_32__Solar_Winds_of_Change_part_2a.mp3
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