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What happens when we die? What if this is the afterlife? Comedian, coma survivor, and former Pitchfork writer Dave Maher ("This American Life") asks artists, entertainers, and activists for definite answers to these unanswerable questions.

This Is Your Afterlife Dave Maher

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

What happens when we die? What if this is the afterlife? Comedian, coma survivor, and former Pitchfork writer Dave Maher ("This American Life") asks artists, entertainers, and activists for definite answers to these unanswerable questions.

    The Better Life List with Mark Richardson

    The Better Life List with Mark Richardson

    Mark Richardson (former Editor-in-Chief at Pitchfork, current rock and pop music critic at the Wall Street Journal) tells me about his tendency to help others rather than himself, being pushed into following his dream, and keeping a grasp on the substance of that dream.
    Content warning: anxiety, cancer, dementia, parents dying, Christian heaven sounds nice, part-time job with health insurance, difficulties of creating a funeral playlist, helping others to avoid helping yourself.
    If you believe in This Is Your Afterlife and want fun bonus episodes, become a patron for $5 or $15/month at patreon.com/davemaher.
    Read and subscribe to Mark's newsletter at markrichardson.substack.com, and follow him on Twitter @MarkRichardson.
    Get a taste of Mark's writing at his website, markrichardson.org.
    Follow this show on IG: @thisisyourafterlife, and get more info at thisisyourafterlife.com.
    Follow me @thisisdavemaher on Instagram and Twitter.
    All music by This Is Your Afterlife house band Lake Mary.
    Check out my other podcast, Genre Reveal Party!, where I analyze TV and movies with my friend, writer and cultural critic Madeline Lane-McKinley.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Hanging Out With the Elephant in the Room with C. Fausto Cabrera

    Hanging Out With the Elephant in the Room with C. Fausto Cabrera

    After 20 years in prison, C. Fausto Cabrera is free. Six weeks post-release is quite a time to talk about transformation, and here we go.
    Content warning: prison, anxiety and depression, social death, not being a victim, dry room, Keats' negative capability, doing party drugs and getting lost at sea, beets and boiled eggs.
    If you believe in This Is Your Afterlife and want fun bonus episodes, become a patron for $5 or $15/month at patreon.com/davemaher.
    You owe it to yourself to check out C. Fausto Cabrera's work at his website, faustocabrera.com.
    Follow him: @CFaustoCabrera on Twitter and @chris.fausto1 on Instagram.
    Chris and I met thanks to my work for Haymarket Books on their announcement of the inaugural Writing Freedom Fellows, of whom he is one. Find out more about the fellowship and Chris' fellow writers at writing-freedom.org.
    Learn about the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop at mnprisonwriting.org, and read the collective's essay anthology, American Precariat. One of the book's coeditors, Zeke Caligiuri, will join Bill Ayers in conversation at Pilsen Community Books in Chicago on Friday, March 15.
    Learn about the narrative non-profit We Are All Criminals at weareallcriminals.org.
    Find info about human rights org Until We Are All Free at uwaaf.org.
    Follow this show on IG: @thisisyourafterlife.
    Follow me @thisisdavemaher on Instagram and Twitter.
    All music by This Is Your Afterlife house band Lake Mary.
    Check out my other podcast, Genre Reveal Party!, where I analyze TV and movies with my friend, writer and cultural critic Madeline Lane-McKinley.

    • 51 min
    A Special Batch with Chaz Prymek

    A Special Batch with Chaz Prymek

    Chaz texted me, "it’s pretty nice to be reciprocal fans dave."
    I texted back, "It’s so nice! Such a well of comfort and inspiration."
    Chaz is the third of four members of ambient jazz band Fuubutsushi who I've had on the podcast. And his solo-and-friends recordings as Lake Mary are divine. Enjoy this exploration of his artistry, pains, and loves, which is also the beginning of our friendship.
    Content warning: deaths of family members and pets, grief seizure, against ego death, Big Fish funeral, mischievous trees, people turning into coyotes, long walks to private lakes, death as a break.
    If you believe in This Is Your Afterlife and want fun bonus episodes, become a patron for $5 or $15/month at patreon.com/davemaher.
    Follow Chaz on Instagram: @chaz.prymek
    Listen to Lake Mary and Fuubutsushi on Spotify, and listen to/buy Lake Mary albums on Bandcamp.
    Buy Fuubutsushi's music at cached.media/shop.
    Donate to Care for Gaza's fundraiser to provide direct aid to Palestinians in Rafah and beyond, and follow their efforts on Twitter @CareForGaza.
    Here's a Twitter thread with more organizations helping on the ground in Palestine.
    Follow me @thisisdavemaher on Instagram and Twitter.
    And check out my other podcast, Genre Reveal Party!, where I analyze TV and movies with my friend, writer and cultural critic Madeline Lane-McKinley.
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    All music by Lake Mary

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Uncertainty As a Value with Abby Pajakowski

    Uncertainty As a Value with Abby Pajakowski

    Neo-Futurist Abby Pajakowski joins me for an in-person episode from my kitchen, and we get real specific on their hell, a party game, and the exact ways in which a single night in bed can change your life.
    Content warning: anxiety, depression, someone slowly approaching with a gun, Antz, mailed cremains, glorious limbo, losing your religion and it's chill.
    If you believe in This Is Your Afterlife and want fun bonus episodes, become a patron for $5 or $15/month at patreon.com/davemaher.
    Follow the development of Abby's prime time show at the Neo-Futurists' at their website, abbypajakowski.com.
    On Instagram, follow Abby, @abbypaj, and the Neo-Futurists, @theneofuturists. And if you're in or going to Chicago, see the Neos' flagship show, The Infinite Wrench, ASAP!
    Follow me @thisisdavemaher on Instagram and Twitter.
    And check out my other podcast, Genre Reveal Party!, where I analyze TV and movies with my friend, writer and cultural critic Madeline Lane-McKinley.
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    Music = Future: "Use Me" / James Blackshaw: "The Cloud of Unknowing" / Johnnie Frierson: "Miracles"

    • 41 min
    That's the Old Way, Bro with Aaron Weaver

    That's the Old Way, Bro with Aaron Weaver

    Perfect This Is Your Afterlife guest alert! Aaron Weaver is a comedian who's been thinking about spirituality maybe his whole life? He shares the tools he's picked up recently for being present and staying in his body. Those are buzzwords, but we get specific.
    We also talk a lot about Aaron's friend, Kenny DeForest, an excellent comedian and amazing person who was killed by a car in December 2023 at age 37. It's brutal and senseless, and I'm grateful Aaron was so open in talking to me about Kenny and his influence on Aaron's life.
    Content warning: comedy as detachment (vs. enjoyment), classic eyeball stuff, Kenny DeForest, men's groups, somatic experiencing, un-numbing, alligators with podcast ideas, Katt Williams' appearance on Club Shay Shay.
    If you believe in This Is Your Afterlife and want fun bonus episodes, become a patron for $5 or $15/month at patreon.com/davemaher.
    Follow Aaron on Instagram @weavedreaming, and listen to his wonderful album, Cosmic Joke.
    Follow Shamady, Aaron's spiritual comedy channel, @comedyfrombeyomedy on Instagram and YouTube.
    You owe it to yourself to watch Kenny DeForest's newest special, Don't You Know Who I Am?
    Follow me @thisisdavemaher on Instagram and Twitter.
    And check out my other podcast, Genre Reveal Party!, where I analyze TV and movies with my friend, writer and cultural critic Madeline Lane-McKinley.
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    Music = Future: "Use Me" / James Blackshaw: "The Cloud of Unknowing" / Johnnie Frierson: "Miracles"

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Aim for the Ditch with Zach Peterson

    Aim for the Ditch with Zach Peterson

    Zach Peterson wants to be the Butthole Surfers of comedy. Next step: release his new special, A List of Wet Celebrities, this Thursday, January 25!
    Content warning: anxiety, OCD, dead parents, Burger King panic attack, sobriety, success, Neil Young, cigarette heaven, Rick Rubin's "The Creative Act," John Prine's "The Tree of Forgiveness," outsider art, avoiding sour grapes.
    If you believe in This Is Your Afterlife and want fun bonus episodes, become a patron for $5 or $15/month at patreon.com/davemaher.
    Watch A List of Wet Celebrities on Four by Three's YouTube channel. Stream the album version, and buy it from the iTunes store.
    While you're in the listening mood, stream Zach's previous album, Midwestern Jokes of the Americas, and buy that too!
    Follow Zach @kingoftheriverpeterson on Instagram and TikTok.
    Find his merch and tour dates at zachpetersoncomedy.com or museumofuglyfathers.com.
    And listen to his great podcast, No Coast Comedy Club, where he talks to comedians who live and work in cities that aren't huge entertainment hubs.
    Follow me @thisisdavemaher on Instagram and Twitter.
    And check out my other podcast, Genre Reveal Party!, where I'm analyzing TV and movies with writer and cultural critic Madeline Lane-McKinley.
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    Music = Future: "Use Me" / James Blackshaw: "The Cloud of Unknowing" / Johnnie Frierson: "Miracles"

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Yup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ,

This is a great show!

Love this podcast, Dave cares deeply about the show and you can feel it as you listen. He’s a fantastic artist, host, and comedian. He finds interesting guests with a lot to say. A lot of the shows are funny but I’ve found many to be deeply moving making me feel introspective and appreciative. Subscribe!

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A very good and thoughtful time!!!

Love a show with questions so good that it makes me rethink my own answers every time I listen. Just a super sincere time talking about big life stuff. Dave is such a good dude and I’m thankful for his vulnerability. Every time I listen I find myself wishing for it to be my turn as a guest. Does that make me self centered? I dunno, probably! But that’s not the point! The point is the show is good & it makes you think & jeez just listen to it already.

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Dave died for your sins - what more do you want, you monsters?!

Death is a hard topic to cover and Dave does it effortlessly week to week. His personal journey, his years as a performer and teacher and his wonderful voice make him the perfect person to tackle such a heavy topic. If you can’t afford therapy, call your congressman but also subscribe!

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