Working in Space


A press shot of the crew of the ISS in monochrom's ISS.

What randy band of improv artists based in Vienna has as their show motto: “In space no one can hear you complain about your job”?  Why, the folks at monochrom’s ISS show, a funny, irreverant and sometimes NSFW (a little profanity now and again, so if such offends you, don’t watch)  improvisation-based show on the Web depicting life on the International Space Station.

This is a ten-part show that is part improv, part reality-sitcom showing how the fictional crew of the station must come up with strategies to deal with surprise situations in their space-bound habitat.  it’s humorous and smart, and puts a very human face on the ups and downs of living in space.

The show’s producers/directors, Johannes Grenzfurthner and Roland Gratzer, have relied on material from NASA and ESA to create the scenarios their actors work through.  The show’s acting troupe includes Jeff Ricketts (Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Maciej Salamon (Musicals: Barbarella, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd), Claire Tudela (Carmen, Musical: The Producers), Geoff Pinfield (Aoterroroa, Lovepuke).

Check out this inventive group’s Web page for past episodes and news about the next production. You can see all their episodes at monochrom’s ISS.