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Sober Comedy Show Begins a Six Month Run at The Crowd Theater

Chicago, IL - December 19 // After selling out its debut show in October, Serenity Now!, a variety show featuring performers in recovery from substance abuse, returns for a six month run at The Crowd Theater, the popular blackbox theater near the intersection of Irving Park and Broadway.

The 10 p.m. show on January 19 features standup by Dave Maher (Dave Maher Coma Show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, This American Life) and music by Liz Chidester (Liz and the Lovelies, Lizzie at Firebrand Theater), along with performances by Jacob Lowrey, Hannah Streicher, Brian Emuge, and other special guests. Serenity Now! Is produced and hosted by Whitney Wasson.

Tickets are available for $10; cash, Venmo and cards are accepted at the door.



Dave Maher is a comedian from Chicago and the creator of Dave Maher Coma Show, a narrative standup show about the month long diabetic coma he survived in 2014. He told the story on “This American Life” and wrote about the experience in a series of articles called “The Month I Died.”

Gapers Block called Dave a “smartly unhinged, wildly funny comedian with a big heart and warm smile,” and Newcity named him one of its “Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago.” He also snagged features in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader, who wrote, “I’d watch Maher do just about anything.”


Dave tours Dave Maher Coma Show around the U.S. and internationally, including a run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. He also performs standup and produces experimental comedy shows such as Listen & Ask Questions: A Protest Show (an improvised conversation with the audience), Bracketology: The Tournament of Everything (an argument-based game show), and the original musical What’s a Hamilton?: Hamilton Recreated By People Who’ve Never Seen Nor Heard Hamilton.


Dave Maher Coma Show will be performed on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. at the Prop Thtr as part of Rhinofest 2019.


Serenity Now! is a variety show featuring a cast of performers who are in recovery from substance abuse addiction. Standup comedians, improvisers, storytellers, musicians and more will explore their journey to sobriety. $10 tickets are available at the door. Doors open around 9:45 for the 10 p.m. show at The Crowd Theater at 3935 North Broadway. Visit for more information.


Whitney Wasson is a stand-up comedian, writer and producer, originally from Arkansas. Chicago credits include the Laugh Factory, Zanies, iO, Second City, Steppenwolf, The Annoyance, and the Cards Against Humanity Theater. She's been featured at over a dozen festivals across the country and performs weekly in Chicago.