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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.

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.
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Chicago, IL

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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.

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Episodes

Ep 189: Island of Dougs

6/13/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:31:24

Ep 188: The Hollow Star

5/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:20:10

Bonus: He Has the Whole World in His Pants

5/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:04:13

Ep 187: Scoop Ye Hydrogen While Ye May

5/13/2018
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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

Duration:00:25:59

Ep 186: My Dinner with Androids

4/30/2018
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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

Duration:00:18:48

Ep 185: Melts in Your Mouth, Not Someone Else's Mouth

4/15/2018
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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....

Duration:00:24:14

Ep 184: Space Hates Me

4/1/2018
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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....

Duration:00:22:35

Bonus: Burgermeisters of Toyotathon

3/25/2018
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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"...

Duration:00:05:44

Ep 183: First Emergency Contact

3/18/2018
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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...

Duration:00:23:50

Ep 181: The Laundromat

3/5/2018
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When chore day rolls around, Cmdrs. Hayes and Watson head to the laundromat.

Duration:00:17:06

Bonus: Ship in a Beer Can

3/5/2018
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Lorem and Bobbi crap open a cold one*. *recursive paradox Includes News for March 3, 2018 Improvised February 11, 2018 from a suggestion via @nerdlunch

Duration:00:03:08

Ep 181: Two's Company, Three's a Collective Hivemind

2/19/2018
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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...

Duration:00:20:43

Ep 180: Oops, I am Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds

2/4/2018
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Oops. Crick did it again. 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

Duration:00:20:32

Ep 179: A Lorem in Winter

1/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:28:04

Ep 178: The Secret of Space Station Alpha

1/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:28:52

Happy New Year 2018

1/1/2018
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Happy New Year! The cast and crew pick their favorite episodes of 2017. Background music from Smooth Federation by Alexander Alan

Duration:00:10:53

Ep 177: Baby, It's Old Outside

12/24/2017
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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...

Duration:00:29:11

Bonus: Strong-Arm Armstrong and the Strongest Arm

12/11/2017
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Lorem receives a prophesy from a carnival fortuneteller so terrifying we couldn't share it. Bobbi takes it over the top. Improvised November 5, 2017 from a suggestion by Nat Blackburn via twitter. Lightly edited by Chris Rathjen Featuring Rayna Caskey as En. Bobbi Intern Ashkahn Jahromi as Strong Arm Barker Sean Kelly as Lt.Cdr Crick Watson Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Strong Arm Armstrong, General Strike Chris Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes, Lt. Bronson Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles...

Duration:00:17:01

Ep 176: What Does God Need With An Internship

12/11/2017
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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...

Duration:00:38:46

E175: Tim's Arrow

11/27/2017
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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

Duration:00:25:55