Dave Maher Coma Show

Photo: Adam Shalzi

Photo: Adam Shalzi

Chicago standup comedian Dave Maher was almost unplugged from life support during a monthlong diabetic coma. He was eulogized on Facebook. Then he woke up. Maher told this story on “This American Life”, and he has brought his narrative stand-up show about the experience, Dave Maher Coma Show, to venues across the U.S. and the Edinburgh Fringe.

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. 

You can book performances of Dave Maher Coma Show at your venue or organization. Click here for more information.


“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.” –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…” –Chicago Reader

“…this hard-working improviser-turned-stand-up used the experience—both the dark and light sides of it—as inspiration for a one-man show that…sold so well that it was extended several times…” –Newcity

A “smartly unhinged, wildly funny comedian with a big heart and warm smile…” –Gapers Block

Other reviews of Dave Maher Coma Show:

Chicago Tribune: “…the show’s free-form sensibility is smart and hooks you in.” “A loose and relaxed performer, Maher might as well be sitting next to you at the bar, recounting the strangest event of his life so far.”

Gapers Block: “Maher mines his coma experience for candid comic moments that are deftly interleaved between those of genuine emotion… The entire show…harkens back to the long-form works of Spalding Gray as interpreted through the crooked lens of Maher’s stand-up sensibilities… It should also be noted that the show contains one of the most surgically hilarious uses of a light cue in recent memory.”

Poster: Chris Santiago

Poster: Chris Santiago

Thank you to all of the Kickstarter backers who made the Edinburgh Fringe run of Dave Maher Coma Show a reality:

David Philips

Isaiah McCaslin

Matt Baron

Daniel Strauss

Teme Ring

Scott and Ella Goldstein

Hilary Waldron

Elizabeth Youngblood

Randi Wallace

Cyndi Smith

Courtney Prokopas

Elizabeth Birnkrant

Molly Jones


Drennen Quinn

Andrew Tisher

Joanna Feldman & Andy Kushnir

Bobby Evers

Irene Marquette

Susan Farlik

Kati Llewellyn & Brendan Fitzpatrick

Katie Thomas

Rebecca Schneider

Alex Honnet

Rebecca Hendlin


Whitney Richardson

Mo Allen & Tyler Smith

Sandy Honig

Marisa Mathews

Kyle Lisowski

Michael, Kristin & Daphne Maher

James Chase

Mary Beth White

Rudy Schultz

Raymond Gordon

Brian Rodriguez-McGovern

Lauren Stanek

Bobby Condon

Simone Martin-Newberry

Mike Barton

Mike Kelly

Chris Dahlen

Corey Lubowich

Christine Cahill

Erik Sanchez

Michelle Moss

Chris Kervick

Jim Scott

Holly Quarles

Eunji Kim

Drew Kearse

Saldie Villarma

John Eide

Sam Gordon

Daniel Crane

Jonathan Euseppi

Laura Glyda

Sarah Follmer

Nate Philp & Natalie McGreal

Erin Diamond

Nicole Baltazar

Jackie Normand

Helen Campbell Chandler

Amelia Crabtree

Max Lipchitz

Nicolle Paradise

Peter Damm


Alex Stone

Bram Funk

J. Michael Osborne`

The Great Landini…and Ryan Acton

Jacob Kart

Brittany Meyer

J Grant Collins

Phil Meister

Cliff Zimowski

Jesse Nicolaus

David Carter

Megan Davey


Drew Dir

Nick Martin

Rebecca Loeser

Brandon Kirkman

Erin Drain

Rory Barton

Wayde Grinstead

Richard Scruggs

Hayley Burgoine

Erin Sprague

Rebecca & Evan (& Madison) Beesley

Meredith Milliron

Lindsay Williams

Mark Logsdon

Bill Stern

Stephanie Cook

Steve Nelson

Tim Lyons

Adam Boughton

Jamison Webb

Stephanie Taylor

The Korfmacher Family

John Margelewski