Life in the Middle Ages: Comedian Steve Ochs Takes On Aging
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Featured review from Kitty Martini
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This is a really fun show--especially for people over 40 who have noticed that things are uhmm...well...changing. It's funny and thought provoking at the same time. Steve Ochs, takes stand up comedy to a higher more theatrical, more hilarious level, so there's plenty of jokes, visual effects and funny props that made us crack up. Without spoiling the show, I'll mention one of the funniest bits was a demonstartion of all the crazy stuff a guy has to go through to deal with balding, unwanted hair and reading glasses--and still try to be cool. Warning: If you laugh as hard as we did---and if you're over 50 or 60 you might want to use the restroom before the show. We had a great time
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- Learn more about <a target="_blank" href="http://hollywoodfringe.com/users/1685">Steve Ochs</a>.
- "Foul-mouthed, glib, self-assured, and dead on!” --<em>LA Splash</em>
- “Irreverent, quip-happy … the audience seemed truly touched.” --<em>LA Weekly </em>
Life in the Middle Ages is a medieval-themed, multi-media, one-man comedy show that equates the horrifying epiphany that initiates midlife crisis with receiving a terminal diagnosis from your doctor, thus triggering the five stages of grief. Writer/performer Steve Ochs (pronounced "Oaks" like the Phil) 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.”
Steve Ochs is a recovering stand up comic. If you watched a lot of stand up comedy live or on TV during the '80s, you may remember him 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.