Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bonus Scene: D&D: Dilithium and Dragons

Captain Baxter tries to be the Space Master.

Plus news for 10/28/2014


Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Ensign Leopold Lackey
Irene Marquette as Lt. Lady Cola
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Ensign Greg

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Tips on Episode Title Suggestions

Hi Everyone,

One of the best parts about doing IST is reading through all of your suggestions every week. We seriously spend a solid 20 minutes during each improv session cracking up at some of the stuff you guys have come up with for the intrepid crew of the Sisyphus. With that said, we want to pull back the curtain on our suggestion selection process a little so you can know what suggestions are most likely to get used and what suggestions might not get used.

Here are some tips for IST episode title-suggesting:

1. If you have a cool idea for a holiday-themed suggestion, suggest it a few months in advance. Over the weekend, we got a ton of GREAT Halloween suggestions. Unfortunately, our turnaround time for an episode is usually from one to three months on average. It takes time to edit an episode, to add sound effects, and music, and fix any technical problems an episode may have. We LOVE doing holiday episodes, but make sure you send them to us in advance. If you have a great Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Boxing Day suggestion for instance, now is the time to send it.

2. We don't (usually) do impressions of existing Star Trek characters. Since IST is set on the USS Sisyphus, and features a completely original cast of characters, you're not usually going to see Spock, McCoy, Captain Picard, Chakotay, Odo, or Captain Archer's beagle show up in an episode of the show. It does happen every once in a blue moon (sorry, Crick) but not often. So, if you send us a suggestion like "Captain Kirk Goes to the Planet of Clowns!" we probably won't take it. We assume that you want to hear more about the adventures of Captain Baxter, Lady Cola, Lorem, and the Guitar Center Guy, anyway.

3. Other Star Trek references are great. We will GLADLY take suggestions that refer to other stuff in the world of Star Trek like aliens (Klingons, the Borg), technology (phasers, shuttlecraft), and food and drink (synthehol, gagh).

4. Gods, we like puns. We love puns. Always feel free to send suggestions that contain puns.

5. We enjoy stuff that sounds like the title of an actual Star Trek episode. We've done some of our funniest episodes based on some of our most serious-sounding suggestions. "No Good Deed" and "The Stars are Fire" are less silly than our typical suggestions but they yielded some really fun episodes.

6. We like stuff that references other stuff. We love doing homages/parodies of other properties whether. It's Law and Order, or Quantum Leap, or Tennessee Williams. Always feel free to send suggestions related to other properties that you might want to see parodied.

7. We love silly stuff. This is a comedy show. Always send silly suggestions. The sillier the better.

8. Send lots of suggestions. Don't feel like you can only send one suggestion. Send as many as you can think of.

9. Do make references to our show. We like the sound of our own characters' names. Feel free to keep sending in suggestions that reference stuff in the world of IST.

10. Please don't send stuff that's sexist/racist/homophobic/transphobic. It doesn't come up often (fortunately), but we like to embrace Gene Rodenberry's vision for the future which means embracing every single person out there as an equal. If you have something hateful to say that puts down a whole group of human people, please keep it to yourself.

Finally, we just want to say thank you, suggestion-givers. We absolutely could not do this show without you. You are quite literally our inspiration. Thanks for coming back each week and giving us the fuel that makes the Sisyphus work.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Improvised Star Trek Podcast Episode 97: Return of the Wikipedians

Knowledge is power but not as powerful a power as power over knowledge. The USS Sisyphus encounter aliens rich in knowledge and low in power over knowledge. Baxter makes an enemy and the Red Racers defend their title.

Improvised August 24th from a suggestion by Brian Sebby via Facebook.

Edited by Eric Scull.


Sean Kelley as Lt. Carl
Irene Marquette as Lt. Cmdr. Lady Cola, a Wikipedian
Leslie Nesbit as Marcnon the Wikipedian, Alan the Trivia Master
Christopher Rathjen as Cdr. Corbomite Hayes. Dr. F'gaut
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch'arles Lorem
Matt Young as Cpt. Julius Valentine Baxter, Lt. Greg, "Captain" Owl, Cockney Bartender

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Our Cup Runeth Over

On October 3rd 4th, 2014, Improvised Star Trek was excited to participate in the Improv Goblet Festival, hosted by the Improv KingdomIrene Marquette was interview by the Las Vegas Journal Review, and the festival was an opportunity to catch up with old friends. These are the voyages of that weekend:

Encounter with the Essence of Richard Simmons | Earthdate 8:30 Friday
The USS Sisyphus encounters a strange ship inhabited by the most recent in a long line of Richard Simmons clones, and after Lady(Irene Marquette) recites Richard Simmon's biography from memory the crew beam over and are threatened with imprisonment and weight loss.  Richard(Griffen Eckstein) has a lot prisoners he's sweating, including a Borg and an overweight version of himself.  Dr. Colfax(Joe Phillips) is starving and gets a baked potato beamed directly into his stomach from the Sisyphus. He's also injured pretty badly, and needs to use Richard' cloning machine to survive, which leaves him with a giant eyeball head($4.99, Target). Richard is allowed to join the Sisyphus, but must mercy kill him old clone first.

Our second show of the Night were happy to be joined by Paul Mattingly, founder of the Improv Goblet Festival and former Star Trek: The Experience actor. Paul was also our first ever guest on the podcast, and can be heard in Episode Zero: As Being Human Goes.

Academy Reunion/The Tribbles are Growing | Earthdate 10:00 Friday
Admiral Clovik(Paul Mattingly) beams aboard with a special mission, which involves traveling into a Black Hole.  Twist: it's not a Starfleet mission, he's trying to travel back in time to his academy days to resolve his issues with Homecoming, specifically how the crew of the Sisyphus pranked him into thinking he had a date. Dr. Colfax is imprisoned in the brig and bonds with long-term inmate Gary. Corbo ODs on tribble-based antacids and is doomed to die.  The crew travel back to the their academy days, but prank Clovik again and then spend the next 15 years re-living out their lives, unable to make meaningful changes.  Back in the modern day they again approach the Bloack Hole and see an opportunity to heal old wounds by re-enacting their Homecoming.  Nobody puts Clovik in a corner.

For Saturday we had a special treat, and were joined by Mike Maltz(Computer for our original 2010 live run at iO Chicago) and Aggie Hewitt. 

Coke vs. Pepsi | Earthdate 8:30 Saturday
The USS Sisyphus rescues a shuttle but it soon get's distracted when Dr. Colfax grows tired of loading the vending machines and demands to see his Union rep: Shasta Mahasta Pasta Fasta(Mike Maltz).  Unattended, the rescued alien wanders into a break room. His species has no eyes, which gives the two Vulcan officers who find him a chance to a blind taste test of the ships colas. Twist: one of the Vulcans is a Romulan!  There's a strike on the bridge, in which a a lizard lawyer represents management.  Since science officer Jennifer Aniston(Aggie Hewitt)  and Shasta Mahasta Pasta Fasta both worship giant lizards as the creators of the universe, its awkward. Shasta is killed by the Romulan and dies decrying his lost pension.

Thanks to Paul for inviting us and sitting in, Mike, and Aggie, the other great teams at the festival and everyone who came out!

Improvised Star Trek Podcast Episode 96: Therein Lies the Rub

Captain Baxter sets a new goal. Lt. Cola picks a new destination. Ensign Lackey reveals a new relationship. Ensign Twilight ushers in a New Age.

Improvised June 22, 2014 from Suggestion by Carroll Cottingham


Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cmdr. Fritz Fassbinder, Ensign Leopold Lackey
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson, Lt. Carl, Chucky
Irene Marquette as Lt. Lady Cola
Alex Richmond as Ensign Twilight
Nick Wagner as Ensign Ch'arles Lorem, Adm. Barbacoa
Matt Young as Captain Julius Valentine Baxter, Ensign Greg

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