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.

Here's to a happy 2014 to you all!  In this bonus we look back on 2013 and remember some out favorite moments. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: EndofYear2013.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 4:29pm CST

It's story time when Fritz(with some help from the rest of the crew) regals the USS Sisyphus's kintergarden class with a story of the time the crew encounter Santa Claus and ran afoul of Krampus.

Improvised November 10, 2013 from a suggestion by Paul Nichols via facebook.

Direct download: IST78_SantaGotRunOverByAShuttlecraft.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 5:16am CST

Lady & Zarlene see a project get out of control, plus news for 12/16/2013.

Direct download: ISTBonusAndriodAntics12162013.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 5:35pm CST

Corbomite asks Lorem to go down... to the underdecks on a special assignment that leads him to discover some personal truths, plus Crick's latest abomination.

Improvised on Oct 6th. Title suggested by Darren Izzard on Facebook.

Direct download: IST_ep77_Lord_of_the_Underdecks_v2.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:00pm CST

A look inside Zarlene's medical library, and news for 12/03/2013

Direct download: ISTBonus_Fungus120313.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 11:09am CST

Rita King enjoys some time to reflect while on shore leave.  Back on the ship. Cdr. Hayes & LtCdr. Watson console Lt Rogers, an officer from the USS Oblivion who's come to retrieve his brother's remain.

Improvised August 11th, 2013 from a suggestion by George Papadakis via Facebook.

Direct download: IST76_ThePlanetThatGlowsTooBright.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 8:35pm CST

Zarlene gets a surprise visit from her little zister.

Direct download: IST_Bonus_Zuddenly_Zuzan.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 6:42pm CST

A deadly virus threatens the crew, and Lady Cola's principles are tested.

No animals were harmed in the making of this episode.

Improvised January 21, 2013 from a suggestion by Kirk Andrew Everest.

Direct download: IST75_TheSyndromeSyndrome.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 2:54pm CST

Captain Baxter does not get invited to dinner.

News for 11/11/2013

Direct download: ISTBonus_111113DockingDifficulties.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 5:46pm CST

Crick's latest invention causes confusion--and body issues--among the crew in this fready Halloween episode!


Improvised on September 8th, 2013. Title suggested by Hannah Parsons via Facebook.

Direct download: IST_ep74_Freaky_Fritzday_v2.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 8:19am CST

Crick and Lorem place all the ship's hopes on one small head.

A warmup scene from 09/22/13, plus news for 10/21/13.

Direct download: ISTBonus_SisyphusScion102113.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:21pm CST

When Captain Japhy Whitman goes rogue, Starfleet sends the crew of the USS Sisyphus on hunt after their former counselor.

Improvised July 21st, 2013

Title suggested by Ben McLoughlin via Facebook.

Edited by Chris Rathjen

Direct download: IST73_PiratesotCosmos.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 7:04pm CST

The death of Admiral Hayes has dramatic repercussions on the Hayes family, and threatens to tear the Sisyphus family apart.

Improvised August 4, 2013.

Title suggested by Justin Kavanagh via Facebook.

Edited by Nick Wagner

Direct download: IST_ep72_Whatever_Happened_to_Baby_Corbo.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:03am CST

Chief Engineer Fritz Fassbinder has news for Captain Baxter that can only be described as...disconcerting. A warmup from 09/08/2013, plus news for 09/17/13. 

Direct download: ISTBonus_TribblingNews090813.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 4:26pm CST

Lt. Karl and Lt. Son find the ship abandoned above a planet equally empty of self-worth. But not everything is as it seems... or is it?

Improvised July 7, 2013.

Title suggested by Ben Laughlan via Facebook.

Edited by Hannah Parsons

Direct download: IST_ep71_Shuttlebay_Boys.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 3:26pm CST

Fritz teaches Crick about science. It's the new thing. A brief warm-up scene from 07/07/2013

Direct download: ISTBonus_holosciencefair.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 7:13pm CST

Corbomite learns an important life lesson about ancient Earth mating rituals. Also news for 08/18/2013

Direct download: ISTBonus_UndiscoveredTwerking.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 11:45pm CST

The crew meets Robot, a robot, among the ruins of an ancient civilzation. Fritz's kindergarden class blows their weight watchers points. Captain Baxter gives up, and Lorem tries real real hard.

Improvised April 7th, 2013

Direct download: IST70_Pollyandriod.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:24am CST

News for 08/09/2013, plus the crew discusses their recent encounter with the powerful entity known as Farnum, and the fate of young Pete. FYI: Farnum totally failed an empathy test when he took a dislike to Greg.

Direct download: ISTBonus_BladeJogger.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 2:10pm CST

A very private ambassador visits the Sisyphus, while the crew blows up on social media.

Improvised June 9th, 2013.

Direct download: IST69_ASpaceModesty.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:23am CST

After encountering a tachyon nebula, icky things begin happening aboard the Sisyphus and stuff. 


Improvised May 12th, 2013 from a suggestion by John Goodwin via Facebook.

Direct download: IST_ep_68_staw_twek-v2.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:40pm CST

The crew reminiscises on a recent adventure in Starboards, plus news for 07/08/2013

Direct download: ISTBonus_YesterdaysNebulaEpilogue.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 11:15am CST

Following the death of Captain Dashwood, Ensign Emma is assigned to the USS Sisyphus and must choose between two suitors.  Ensign Yemenities is disgraced by a charming young officer, and Fritz offers advice his bosom friends.

Improvised May 5th, 2013

Direct download: IST67_SenseandSensorbility.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 4:09pm CST

Ensign Lorem and Captain Baxter enjoy freedom of verse and of thigh, to the chagrin of Dr. Zonalzon.

Improvised on June 16, 2013. Title suggested by Justin Kavanagh via Facebook.

Direct download: Iambic_scantameter_mixdown.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 11:57pm CST

The crew of the Sisyphus experiences a leadership crisis during a leadership workshop. Can they work out the bugs before they all turn into bugs?

Improvised on May 19th 2013 from a title suggested by Bob Wheeler on Facebook.

Direct download: IST_Oops_I_beamed_it_again.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:49am CST

In our live show at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Fest on Saturday June 1st, the rogueish Captain Thunderhawk took command of the Sisyphus while Captain Baxter was being pieced back together in the transporter buffer. His harsh, absent-father charms worked their magic on Lorem and Lady, while the rest of the crew fought his tough love.

Direct download: IST_Dreams_Undreamt_recap.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 7:54am CST

For new listeners, a chance to meet the crew of the Sisyphus along side Ambassador Gleebob of Bobglee.  Plus news for 05/28/2013

Direct download: ISTBonus_MeetTheCrew.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 11:55am CST

When Captain Baxter trades places with with Captain Stevenson of the USS Galaxy, two command styles are put to the test.  Two pretty messed-up command styles.

Improvised May 5th, 2013 from a suggestion by Ben McLaughlin via facebook.

Direct download: IST65_TradingSpaceships.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:59am CST

Lt. Cmdr. Fassbinder's marriage to the ship is in danger of running aground, but Dr. Zonalzon and Lady Cola are ready to give the Sisyphus the attention she deserves. Improvised on March 17th, 2013. Title suggested by Justin Kavanah via Facebook.

Direct download: Mrs._Sisyphus.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:49pm CST

On April 26th, Improvised Star Trek performed the episode "Ferengis on Fire" live on the iO stage, with special guest star Philip Markle as Ensign Jensen! Here's what happened...

Direct download: IST_Bonus_Ensign_Jensens_Report.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 8:25am CST

Inspired by Ep 59: Today is a Good Day to Cry, improvised in January 13, 2013 HIchop! is performed by Jen Usellis Mackay; & translated by Robyn Stewart, Chris Lipscombe, Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, Jeremy Cowan, and Ali Kidder-Mostrom.

Direct download: ISTBonus_HIchop.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 10:05am CST

An mp3 of HIchop, from the Episode Today is a Good Day to Cry is your bonus this week.  But we thought you might like it as a seperate file.

So this is the news for 04/22/2013!

Direct download: ISTbonus_HIchopintro042313.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:57am CST

On their first trip through the wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant, the crew of the Sisyphus meet the wormhole aliens, and escape by the sweat of their brow. And other excretions as well.

Improvised on Feb. 3, 2013. Title suggested by Saskia Slottje via Facebook

Direct download: ist_ep_63_embarassary_v2.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:59pm CST

Thanks to all who attended the First Cotnact Coundown.  Heres a song from the evening!

Direct download: ISTBonus_20130408.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:55am CST

The USS Sisyphus hosts the Vulcan ambassador Bitok on an important sumit, and a young romulan girl learns that while you can cloak a D'deridex class warbird, you can't cloak whats in your heart. Improvised 03-17-13 by a suggestion from...Jeri Taylor! Writer and producer for Star Trek:TNG and Voyager! Thanks Jeri!

Direct download: IST62_RomulanandJuliet.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 10:41am CST

News for 04/01/2013; Special event announcements, and an epilogue to the 03/23/2013 Live Show at the iO Theater, in which a deadly virus forced the crew to give the performance of their lives.

Direct download: IST_BonusShakespeare032313.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 2:33pm CST

A being of pure energy, having transcended its physical form, takes the crew on a journey that makes them question the nature of self, being and consciousness. It's awful.  


Improvised January 13, 2013 from a suggestion by Dan Granata via twitter. Edited by Roger Payton.

Direct download: IST61_AnUnbearablebeingoflightness.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 12:17pm CST

In our first live podcast episode, the crew wakes up on the bridge to discover certain body parts have taken on minds of their own... or have they had them all along?

Direct download: ist-sparkling-bedsheets.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:13am CST

When responding to a distress call from the science vessel USS Mortensen, the crew of the discover the power of the forth element, and learn who among the crew has a surprise inside them.

Direct download: IST60_thestarsarefire.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 9:21pm CST

In this epilogue to the live show Attack of Lense Flare(performed February 22nd at the iO theater of Chicago), the crew discusses recent events over a game of Parisees Squares.  Plus news for 03/03/2013.

Direct download: ISTBonus_AttackofTheLensflare.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:36am CST

Towels, and the war with the Klingon Empire, heat up when a bird-of-prey disables the Sisyphus, and Lt. King bonds with their young captain.

Improvised January 13, 2013 from suggestion by Nicholas Holt on Facebook.

HIchop! performed by Jen Usellis Mackay, translated by Robyn Stewart, Chris Lipscombe, Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, Jeremy Cowan, and Ali Kidder-Mostrom.

Direct download: IST59_Todayisagooddaytocry.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:15pm CST

In this brief scene, Cdr. Hayes, Lt. Cola, and Dr. Zonalzon discuss the dos and don't of Truth or Dare.

Plus news for 02/12/13.

Scene suggestion from Paul Nichols, via facebook. 

Direct download: ISTBonus_Tolivedie.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 6:42pm CST

Captain Baxter's mind is destroyed after a *long* stay in an Algorian prison, the crew tries to pick up the pieces.

Improvised June 24, 2012 from a suggestion via facebook. But we don't know your name.  Let us know who you are!

Direct download: IST58_TimePunishment.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 6:45pm CST

On Friday, January 25th, Improvised Star Trek performed a live episode entitled "Manti Te'o" at the iO theater in Chicago. This week's bonus scene is an epilogue to that live show. Our next live show will be Feb. 22nd, and we'd love for you to join us at the iO theater for that live episode!

Direct download: IST_Manti_Teo_epilogue.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 5:42pm CST

Murder on the Sisyphus!

Klingon translation of the Law and Order opening courtesy of Robyn Stewart, Chris Lipscombe, and Christopher Kidder-Mostrom of A Klingon Christmas Carol.

Direct download: IST57_QplaOrder.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 7:30pm CST

Improvised Star Trek is pleased to announce the newest addition to the cast: Julia Weiss! Julia joined us for our most recent live show and will be joining the podcast in the coming weeks. The bonus scene this week is an epilogue to that live show, entitled "Fish Fillet."

Direct download: IST_Bonus_1-13-13.mp3
Category:extras -- posted at: 5:23pm CST

The USS Antebellum brings the sultry Ambassador Blanche and Captain Stanley to the ship, resulting in some upset nerves.  The crew deals with Starfleet's Antilles To Do list. With special guest Martin Wilson.

Recorded Oct. 7, 2012 from a suggestion by @sizemore.

Direct download: IST56_AShuttlecraftNamedDesire.mp3
Category:episode -- posted at: 11:35am CST

Happy New Year! This ANIMATED bonus scene, Captain Baxter and Crick Watson lay low.

You may have heard this one before, but you haven't seen it.

Direct download: ISTBonus_TriTricorderAnimated.m4v
Category:extras -- posted at: 9:46am CST