Life in the Middle Ages: Comedian Steve Ochs Takes On Aging
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I thought the beginning was very funny. He went into the stages of grief over the aging process. When he got to the depression stage...it was real depressing and the acceptance part was like being in a meditation class. Real let down from the beginning where you were laughing your #@% off. Was not what I expected at all.
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This is a very clever one man show with some real insight into the middle part of one's life . Steve Ochs is a polished performer and his ease with dealing with the audience in repartee is smooth and witty. I do recommend the show.
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- "Foul-mouthed, glib, self-assured, and dead on!” --LA Splash
- “Irreverent, quip-happy … the audience seemed truly touched.” --LA Weekly
Life in the Middle Ages is a medieval-themed, multi-media, one-man comedy show that pokes fun at getting older and dealing with the inevitable foibles of midlife crisis.
Writer/performer Steve Ochs (pronounced "Oaks") humorously compares getting older to the five stages of grief. He takes aim at mortality, vitality and inevitable immobility in this fast-paced evening of laughs and tears. Raised by a comic and a shrink, Ochs successfully draws on the best of both worlds to make his point.
Over the course of 70 minutes Ochs exposes the many challenges adults confront during a midlife crisis. Many people at this stage of life think their feelings are unique to them; this communal exploration of aging could very well help define your state of mind and give you inspiration. This is not your typical one man show as the fourth wall is frequently broken and includes multimedia, comedy and audience interaction.
Strictly speaking to and for those experiencing middle age, adults of any age are welcome to attend but those under 30 should enter at their own risk knowing that the show comes with the following caution, “Warning: this show is rated NC-30. Attending may cause early onset midlife crisis in persons under thirty.”
If you watched a lot of stand up comedy live or on TV during the '80s, you may remember Ochs as Steve O. before the other guy got the name. Richard Pryor called him, “one funny motherf**ker,” New York Nightlife compared him to Lenny Bruce and the Orlando Sentinel called him, “fast, funny and sometimes biting.” He retired from the stage about 17 years ago, mostly due to lack of inspiration, but his midlife crisis has driven him back into the fray.