The A.S.S. Thrifty may not be the biggest, fastest ship in the fleet, but its crew is the, um, well, they're something. There's: Captain Kahkay, who might just believe in himself a little too much; Lieutenant Commander M-, the Science Officer whose name is unpronounceable and unspellable to human beings, and who just might be evil; Chief Engineer Foley, who literally keeps the engines humming; Security Chief Lieutenant Who Grappa, as strong as he is monosyllabic; Doctor Awshucks, the simple country physician drafted into space service; and Lieutenant Commander Tokaladie, the communications chief, who is often undervalued.

Each month, they explore the galaxy, encountering new races, including their arch rivals, the C'mons, and getting into trouble. Will they ever do their job well enough that Admiral Jamieson will finally allow them to come home?

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Capt. Richard Kahkay ~ Nick Arganbright

Lt. Com. M- ~ Shane Stefanchik

Lt. Com. Tokaladie ~ Katie Boissoneault

Chief Engineer Foley ~ Seamus Talty

Lt. Who Grappa ~ Chase McCants

Dr. Awshucks ~ Amanda Iman


Adm. Jamieson ~ Keith Jackson



#1 "God Man" ~ Kahkay meets the crew and Garry has an encounter with a god-like energy being. (Live Show 7/11/15 | Podcast 1/3/16)

#2 "Awshucks, Awshucks" ~ Kahkay has trouble securing a doctor. (Live Show 8/8/15 | Podcast 2/14/16)

#3 "The Conundrum With C'mons" ~ The crew protects a shipment of broccolilite from their rivals, the C'mons, who are vacationing on a space station where the harvested crop is stored. (Live Show 9/12/15 | Podcast 3/27/16)

#4 "Trapped on the Bridge" ~ The Thrifty is threatened by a superior alien spacecraft. (Live Show 10/10/15 | Podcast 4/24/16) (Special Starbase Columbus Edition Live Show 5/21/16 | Podcast 1/8/17)

#5 "Weekend at Commander Sanders'" ~ The crew go to Topleesia I, the party planet, to pick up a new crewman. (Live Show 11/14/15 | Podcast 5/15/16) (Special Comfest Edition Live Show 6/26/16)

#6 "Homesick for the Holidays" ~ A Christmas Vampire sucks dry the spirit of the holidays. (Live Show 12/12/15 | Podcast 6/19/16)

#7 "March to War Part I: The Barren World" ~ Captains Kahkay and Yeez compete for control of an uninhabited planet. (Live Show 2/13/16 | Podcast 7/24/16)

#8 "March to War Part II: Traitor in Their Midst" ~ Who on the Thrifty might be covertly trying to start a war between the A.S.S. and the C'mons? (Live Show 3/12/16 | Podcast Coming 8/21/16)

#9 "March to War Part III: Another Round" ~ Negotiations continue to break down, while the crew imbibes. (Live Show 4/9/16 | Podcast 9/11/16)

#10 "March to War Part IV: Off Course" ~ Revelations make some rethink their conclusions. (Live Show 5/14/16 | Podcast Coming 10/9/16)

#11 "March to War Part V: Cliffhanging" ~ Admiral Jamieson pursues a missing officer. (Live Show 6/11/16 | Podcast 11/6/16)

#12 "March to War Part VI: C'mon Conclusion" ~ The villain is revealed, and somebody gets what they deserve. (Live Show 7/16/16 | Podcast 12/11/16)

#13 "Kids These Days" ~ Kahkay answers a distress call and finds only children on a planet. (Live at OGP's West Grandview Fringe Festival 8/13/16 | Podcast 2/19/17)

#14 "Dirt in Your Eye" ~ A smuggler and a woman from Kahkay's past. (Live Show 8/20/16 | Podcast 3/12/17)

#15 "Women, Women, Everywhere" ~ Kahkay wonders if he needs to mend his wandering ways. (Live Show 9/3/16)

#16 "Who Who?" ~ A trip back to Who's planet makes the security chief rethink her career decisions. (Live Show 10/8/16)

#17 "Defrosted" ~ A man from the past proves a dangerous and deadly foe. (Live Show 11/19/16)

#18 "Gather 'Round the Fire" ~ Packer and Ratcliff help Kahkay get over a loss. (Live Show 12/10/16)



#19 "Changes" ~ There are shifts in senior staff just before the crew encounters a deadly probe. (Live Show 1/14/17)

#20 "Sneaking Around" ~ On a secret mission, Kahkay gets into trouble. (Live Show 2/11/17) Written by Jerome Wetzel and Nick Arganbright

#21 "It's All About Zee Part I" ~ Kahkay, Tokaladie, M-, and an ensign are kidnapped by a highly superior being. (Live Show 3/11/17) Written by Nick Arganbright

#22 "It's All About Zee Part II" ~ Zee toys with her captives and forces them to play a game. (Live Show 3/11/17) Written by Nick Arganbright

#23 "City of the Past That, In a Way, Exists Forever" ~ Kahkay and M- chase an insane Foley back in time. (Live Show 4/8/17)