“Smartly unhinged, wildly funny comedian with a big heart and warm smile.” –Gapers Block
“I’d watch Maher do just about anything.” –Chicago Reader
CINCINNATI, OH (May 15, 2019) – Chicago comedian Dave Maher was almost taken off life support during a monthlong diabetic coma. He was eulogized on Facebook. Then he woke up. After appearing on “This American Life,” at the Edinburgh Fringe, and at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre, he brings “Dave Maher Coma Show,” his narrative stand-up show about the experience, to Cincy Fringe.
The festival appearance is a homecoming for Maher, who graduated from Sycamore High School and made his recovery from the coma at Good Samaritan Hospital.
“It means a lot for me to be able to share this show with people in my hometown, where I literally came back to life,” Maher says. “It’s a unique experience, and I use all of the powers I’ve gained from a decade in the Chicago comedy scene to make it funny and, hopefully, moving.”
“Dave Maher Coma Show” explores the physical and existential discomfort of waking up in a new body with a second chance at life. With his trademark combination of mischief and sincerity, Dave asks questions about life, online death, and the cost of change. He provides no easy answers but plenty of hard laughs.
This critically acclaimed one-man show sold out its initial run in Chicago, and the Kickstarter campaign to fund its Edinburgh Fringe run reached its goal in a week. Most recently, Dave performed the show in a two-night engagement at Steppenwolf, the legendary Chicago theater co-founded by Gary Sinise and home to Tracy Letts, Laurie Metcalf, and John Malkovich.
Don’t miss “Dave Maher Coma Show” at the 2019 Cincy Fringe. There won’t be another show like it. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase by calling (513) 300-5669 or online here: https://guide.artswave.org/event/dave-maher-coma-show/.
- June 1, 9:00 pm (Sat)
- June 2, 04:00 pm (Sun)
- June 5, 07:45 pm (Wed)
- June 7, 07:00 pm (Fri)
- June 8, 07:00 pm (Sat)
- June 11, 08:30 pm (Tue)
- June 12, 07:45 pm (Wed)
- June 14, 07:00 pm (Fri)
All show at the Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St.
About Dave Maher: Dave Maher is a veteran of Chicago’s comedy scene for over a decade. He has appeared live at the Steppenwolf Theatre, on television (“Chicago Med”), and you can hear his voice on “This American Life.” He tours “Dave Maher Coma Show” around the U.S. and internationally, including a run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. His new one-man show, currently in development, is “Feed Wolf Ice Cream: A Comedy Show About Death.”
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“Dave Maher II” (Chicago Reader): “Maher is that rare monologist who combines a sharp eye for the microdetail…with a keen understanding of macrostructure, making for a performance both disarmingly personal and carefully controlled… I’d watch Maher do just about anything.”
“Dave Maher, high-concept mischief-maker, revives his Coma Show this weekend” (Chicago Reader): “It’s a carefully observed, discomfitingly intimate, disarmingly funny monologue. But for all his candor, Maher finds time to let his inner imp out…”
“Dave Maher Coma Show Comes Alive at The Annoyance” (Gapers Block): “…the smartly unhinged, wildly funny comedian with a big heart and warm smile…”
“Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago” (#40, Newcity): “…this hard-working improviser-turned-stand-up used the experience…as inspiration for a one-man show that…sold so well that it was extended several times…”
“Comedian Dave Maher: Finding the funny in his near-death experience” (Chicago Tribune)
“Dave Maher turns his coma into stand-up comedy” (Chicago Reader)