Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gone but not Fritzgotten

As some of you may have guessed listening to this weeks episode, Fritzcarraldo, Griffen Eckstein has sadly departed from Improvised Star Trek.  For the last six months Griffen has been splitting his time between Chicago and Los Angeles, and has now relocated to latter full time with Irene (they're married guys! They met working Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas!) to spread strange new laughs in warmer climes with lamer pizzas.You'll hear him again the next time he visits, but Fritz will no longer be a weekly feature of the Sisyphus crew (though there's one more Griffen encore performance in the pipeline!).

Improvised Star Trek was Griffen's baby; this whole gang of us are only making space jokes today because he and Charlie McCrackin wanted to gather some nerdy improvisors to do a late-night SciFi creature feature at iO Chicago in late 2009.  In the early days Griffen was always the first to bring down the ship from within, play a misunderstood alien, or reveal that the little old lady on the parkbench had been a the ships engineers in disguise all along.

When we were reborn as a podcast in 2011 he was soon half the secondary cast all by himself (Leopold Lackey, Jimmy Jams, Lt. Son, Johnny Galaxy, Nurse LaBoob, Ensign Laserbear, and many other). To tide you over Fritz crosses paths with the Sisyphus again, here's some of the casts favorite episodes to feature Griffen:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Episode 148: Fritzcarraldo

The crew gets down in the muck with some real raw and gritty opera, while the local inhabitants learn the value of hard labor.

Improvised on July 24, 2016. Title suggested by Derek Koshinski.

Today's episode is brought to you by JackBox as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop.

Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr Crick Watson
Matt Young as Captain Baxter, Sally
Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, Debora the Native
Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counsellor Rayvek, Stephanie the Native
Nick Wagner as Ch'arles Lorem, Donald the Native
Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder
Chris Rathjen as Cmdr. Hayes, Scooter

Monday, October 3, 2016

Bonus: The Mind of the Sisyphus

Counselor Rayvek tries to figure out what's on the ship's mind, seeing as how she's on its deck.
Eleanor Hollingsworth as Counselor Rayvek
Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder
& Iona Kelley as Sisyfritz Jr.

Improvised July 24, 2016 from a suggestion by Makenzie Alexander Boyle


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ep 147: The Time that Land Forgot


Fritz and Cecile have a heart-to-heart. The bridge crew combats their fears. The away team gets more than they bargained for when taking shelter from a storm...

Improvised June 26, 2016 from a suggestion by @RuebensPeopleCo
Edited by Chris Rathjen

Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder, Leopold Lackey, Mailman Mikhail
Sean Kelley as Crick Watson, A Stiplishit
Eli Mandel as Rip Stipley, Lt. Jeremy Swanson, A Stiplishit
Chris Rathjen as Corbomite Hayes, Ranger Andro, A Stiplishit
Nick Wagner as Lt. Ch’arles Lorem, Ranger Solitude, A Stiplishit
Mary Cait Walthall as Zarlene Zonalzon, En. Cecile Operator, A Stiplishit
Matt Young as Julius V. Baxter, Lt. Greg

Introducing Iona Kelley as Sisyfritz Jr.
Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, a member of the Chicago Podcast Coop
Iconic Trek Sounds courtesy of; Music From Star Trek:TNG composed by Dennis McCarthy and Ron Jones

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bonus: Rump Stumply

Fritz shows Rip who's boss.  Also who's Rump.
Improvised June 26 from a suggestion by Joe Redhead via Facebook.

Griffen Eckstein as Fritz Fassbinder
Eli Mandel as Rip/Rump Stiply/Stumply
Matt Young as Captain Julius V. Baxter