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Photo: Adam Shalzi

Photo: Adam Shalzi

 

Coverage for Dave Maher Coma Show

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.

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“It’s a carefully observed, discomfitingly intimate, disarmingly funny monologue. But for all his candor, Maher finds time to let his inner imp out…”

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Chicago Tribune

“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.”

“…the show’s free-form sensibility is smart and hooks you in.”

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Gapers Block

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

“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.”

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Feature Stories

This American Life

The Secret of My Death: Commento Mori

“There’s a problem with having a Facebook account after you’re dead that you’ve never, ever, ever thought about. Producer Stephanie Foo tells this story, about Dave Maher.”

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Newcity

Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago

“Rather than trying to brush his near-death experience aside, 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 was launched at The Annoyance. It sold so well that it was extended several times and… will be occupying The Annoyance’s Main Stage.”

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Chicago Reader

Dave Maher turns his coma into stand-up comedy

“‘I've been given this weird, shitty gift,’ Maher says. ‘Why not use it for something?’”

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Chicago Tribune

Comedian Dave Maher: Finding the funny in his near-death experience

“Maher may not know what comes after this show, but he's certainly ready to find out…

So are we.”

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